Monday, June 5, 2017

"Lookbook" in Ufa

Lookbook
Museum of Soviet Life, Ufa, Russia
15 March – 15 April 2017

Installation: video, photography, art book spreads, soviet fashion magazines, clothes, furniture.






"Bakal" at Garage Triennial of Russian contemporary art

Garage Triennial of Russian contemporary art
10 March — 14 May 2017
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia

For the inaugural Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art over 60 artists living in more than 40 cities — from the Baltic Sea to the Pacific Ocean — reveal the scope of art practice in the country today. Seven "vectors" have been identified through which the current art life of the country can be broadly understood. My project "Bakal" was a part of the vector "Fidelity to place".

The theme of "place" and the specific nature of each context and history of geography might easily be termed intransient. Within the Russian multicultural context, this way of thinking occupies a special position. The diversity of the country and the consequent logistical difficulties — alongside the rich historical context — inspire artists to reflect on that which can be found close to hand, seeking meaning in their surroundings.



Curator Ilmira Bolotyan about "Bakal":

All of Anastasia Bogomolova’s projects, from photo and video performances to fashion photography, examine the subject of memory: family, individual, collective, or historical. Much of her work relates to the Urals, the region where she lives and works. Focusing on repressed stories that have not yet achieved a visual incarnation, she strives to bring taboo themes to light. In Bakal, Bogomolova recreates the Bakal Labor Camp, which was constructed for the prisoners who built the Bakal Metallurgical Plant and was part of the GULAG system. Most inmates were Soviet citizens of German origin and, as well as the gigantic plant, they constructed the local infrastructure, including the street on which the artist now lives. Bogomolova aims to reintegrate the story of Bakal Labor Campinto the history of Chelyabinsk, recording the lost memory of place. The process of creating the photographs for the installation included immersing them in nettle soup, which was part of the inmates’ rations. The photographs both partake in the experience of Bakal’s prisoners and form a provisional map of the camp’s territory, reproducing the texture of the landscape. In her performances, Bogomolova recreates the connection between individual and collective memory. In Dream (2015), she slept in the open grave of an unknown labor camp inmate. In A Quarter of the Norm (2016), she tried to fulfill the daily work quota at Bakal’s quarry, one of the most terrible work places in the camp. Bogomolova only managed to do eight circuits of the quarry perimeter, the equivalent of one quarter of the norm, for which prisoners received 400 grams of bread.
Review
Arteviste
Wonderzine
Design Times


Monday, September 12, 2016

Credit Suisse & Cosmoscow Prize for Young Artists

It's an honor for me to become one of the tree winners of Credit Suisse & Cosmoscow Prize for Young Artists. I'm glad to be in such a good company with great artists Ilya Dolgov (Kronstadt) and Nastya Kuzmina (Moscow). And it's very important to me that the project "Bakal" (including video documentations of two performances) was shown at the Cosmoscow art fair on the stand of this new award.






Thursday, September 1, 2016

«Mythologique»: exhibition & zine

“Mythologique”: exhibition & zine
Metenkov’s House Museum of Photography, Yekaterinburg, Russia
25 August – 9 October 2016
Artists: Elena Anosova, Ekaterina Ashitkova, Natalia Baluta, Anastasia Bogomolova, Varvara Kuzmina, Sergey Poteryaev, Juliana Semenova
This is my second curatorial project (in general and in particular over the last year). The exhibition dedicates to the study of the regional mythology. The space cold in Yakutsk, the search for traces of collision with the Universe, the myth of the space pioneer Gagarin, the story of the pilot-spy Francis Gary Powers, the unreal urban landscapes, people who departed from the shore of the Aral Sea and the life of hunters from the Nizhnaya Tunguska are the parts of this project.











 



Thursday, June 23, 2016

«Lookbook» in focus

Colin Pantall and Christer Ek have written reviews about my photobook "Lookbook" almost at the same time!

Colin:
"Lookbook is operating in a world where dry humor is the modus operandi. And that's a good thing. There's seriousness in her intent, and the tactile qualities of the book take us onto a sensory plane. All the time there is a little glint in Bogomolova's eye, part of the return to her childhood that this book has taken her to, and also perhaps part of her understanding of what it was like for her mother and her sister to be women back in the day. The nostalgia is personal rather than political and is linked to her experience of being a woman in contemporary Russia. What remains the same and what has changed? Not much perhaps".

And Christer:
"But where the old fashion photos, are only … fashion photographs, the photographs of Anastasia Bogomolova become canvas in a way like Cindy Sherman did before her. Anastasia is on stage to better look at herself in the process of comprehension of her memory, a way to recreate and to stage his memories. The intriguing effect is that the same woman appears on these photos, as was sometimes the same models found in the pages of these old fashion magazines".

Lookbook is still available through my website here. Look for it at next book fair in Arles.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Personal exhibition in Tagil, Russia

“Lookbook” at Nizhny Tagil Museum of Fine Arts, Nizhny Tagil, Russia
May 21 – June 19

Installation: Soviet fashion magazines, book spreads, clothing archive, mirrors, prints, photobook.










Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Shortlisted at Self Publish Riga Dummy contest

Lookbook was shortlisted at Self Publish Riga Dummy contest among 38 photobooks from all over the world! Now it can be seen at the contest exhibition, which is opened in the Latvian Railway History Museum until June 16.



Wednesday, May 11, 2016