Svetlana Shuvaeva “It’s OK to change your mind”, 2016 dettaglio - acrilico su tela 30x30 cm, 18 pezzi Gazprombank Collection
The exhibition It’s OK to change your mind. Contemporary artists from Russia, curated by Lorenzo Balbi and Suad Garayeva, alludes to early 20th century avant-garde art, while providing insight into the current cultural scene through the works by the most recent generations of Russian artists.
In times such as these of political uncertainty and social upheaval at a global level, the creative act of an artist may be seen as something ephemeral, abstract, or strictly personal. Resistance may be expressed through abstraction or take the form of radical humanization. Our own complicated, everyday existence – which may seem devoid of political implications – becomes in itself an act of resistance and a catalyst for change: a centripetal force through which many small actions can affect great, universal questions. Such trends have a great deal in common with the avant-garde movement of the early 1900s, when abstract expression, permeated by spiritual urges, gave shape to the artist’s own act of resistance. However, while the climate of the last century demanded direct action, nowadays feelings seem dissipated, undirected and ill-defined. The way in which we experience the world has changed dramatically, affected by the predominance of screens and immediacy of impressions. The works on display at this exhibition are on loan from the Gazprombank Collection.