PRESS-RELEASE TO THE "ART BELONGS …" (A SOCIALIST MODERNISM) EXHIBITION
APRIL 21 - MAY 31
On April 21, on Friday, from 12:00 till 19:00 in ZERO LINE gallery there will opening of a personal exhibition of Vyacheslav Akhunov, the art conceptual director of Uzbekistan and Central Asia, under the name "Art Belongs …" (A socialist modernism).
Vyacheslav Akhunov is the participant of a set of the international exhibitions of the modern art among which the Venice Biennial (2005, 2007, 2013) and "Documenta-2013" (the only artist of Central Asia exposed on the Document).
Was born in Kyrgyzstan, Osh in 1948. In 1962 he has come to art college, in the city of Frunze, and then to the Moscow State art institute. Even at the time of study in Moscow Akhunov has faced so-called informal art, having attended an exhibition at ENEA, in the Beekeeping pavilion, in 1975. Vyacheslav has begun to communicate with other students bringing literature from abroad got acquainted with the western art of a modernism and postmodernism; in the mid-seventies he was in a workshop at Kabakov, I have got acquainted with works of the Moscow conceptualists (Eric Bulatov, the Mosquito and Melamid, Dmitry Prigov).
After the termination of institute, in 1979, Akhunov has returned to Fergana, and in 1980, by the invitation of the Chairman of the Union of artists of Uzbekistan Rakhim Akhmedov, has moved to Tashkent. In a year, Igor Savitsky, the director of the Nukus Museum, has acquired 43 graphic and 2 pictorial works of the young artist.
"At the end of the 70-80th Akhunov, living in Tashkent, irrespective of the colleagues in Russia has begun to do the works based on an official iconography of the Soviet mass culture, on images and texts of monumental promotion, crossing them to the western modernism, to east mysticism" (A. Fomenko "The lonely ranger of contempotary art".
The artist forms own author's style, under the name "socialist modernism" or "soc-modernizm" (in 1977), as opposed to the Soviet socialist realism and the western postmodernism. Akhunov defines a sotsmodernizm as: "Connection of art forms of the western modernism and narrative of socialist realism. Doesn't deny tradition of socialist realism … and the method, adopts what has been created by artists of socialist realism, but rearranging accents and changing contexts of an ideological component, withdraws a basis - communistic ideology. If to speak about language, then art language of a socialist modernism is formed of comments, analytical statements, paradoxical statements, interpretations, a critical view both of a method of socialist realism, and of bourgeois art currents of a modernism."
Akhunov is the author of the numerous installations, graphic works, collages, ready mades, video projects, actions and performances, conceptual texts and hand-written "books of the artist" containing criticism of a social system, the analysis of a modern social situation through reconsideration of historical experience of the past, a reasoning on cultural identity and processes of globalization.
Vyacheslav Akhunov's works from series are presented at the "Art Belongs..." exhibition: "Mantras of the USSR", "Stamps, press, templates", "Doubt", "ABC. Alphabet of totalitarianism"; installations: "1 square meter", "Monument to a match", "Total inventory", video installation "Island"; author's hand-written "books of the artist".