Graduation exhibition of the participants of the program “School for Young Artists”
Curator — Sasha Obukhova 

May 21-July 10, 2021
2 Bolshaya Konyushennaya street, St Petersburg 

The idea of ​​the exhibition “Aesthetic Differences” is centered around the formation of the artist's personal identity in the broad context of multiplying stylistic trends, ideological doctrines, economic and socio-cultural circumstances of contemporary Russian art. The exhibition about the artist's self-determination maps today's collisions — clashes of views, interests and human passions. Focusing on existing aesthetic / moral / ideological dominants, artists formulate their own credo and outline the boundaries of their stylistic identity.

Each of the authors has a special experience in working with materiality — among the participants are painters, monumentalists, icon painters, architects, specialists in working with wood, metal, ceramics, media technologies. For the project, young artists have chosen different conceptual approaches and material textures, and gender differences make the “aesthetic differences” even more intense. However, the general line of the narrative, composed “on the theme”, is built into an articulated generational statement.

Participants of the exhibition — graduates of the PRO ARTE’s School for Young Artists 2020-2021: Anton Alter, Katya Atamanova, Irina Heints, Karina Dracheva, Tanika Yezhova, Ulyana Erokhina, Elena Isho, Evgeny Korelin, Matvey Korochkin, Alina Kugush, Mark Maklakov, Alesya Murlina, Alena Pechnikova, Maria Shabanova.

Curator Sasha Obukhova is head of the archives of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow. She worked at the Moscow Institute of Contemporary Art Problems, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the National Center for Contemporary Art. In 2000, as part of a working group, she participated in the preparation of the permanent exposition at the Tretyakov Gallery “Art of the Second Half of the 20th century.” Obukhova is a member of the expert council of the Kandinsky Prize and laureate of the Sergei Kuryokhin Prize for the “Best Text on Contemporary Culture” (2014).

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