Collection Cahiers d’Artistes in Ekaterinburg
19.10 - 25.10.2018, 19:00-20:00
On October, 19 the Ural branch of NCCA opens an exhibition «Working Archive», devoted to the collection of Cahiers d’Artistes. Four new editions of the monographs about Ural artists are published as an outcome of the project.
The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has started a project Cahiers d'Artistes (from French «Artists' Notebooks») in 1984, and since then has published no less than 142 works. Each notebook tells about one artist, and for many of those it has become their first professional artistic assessment. For many artists such book provides an opportunity (predominantly – a unique opportunity) to access the international arena of modern art public. Besides, the Cahiers d'Artistes collection enables Pro Helvetia to analyze trends in contemporary Swiss art and promote the artists in Switzerland and abroad. In 2015 the project launched an online-platform http://cahiers.ch/.
From October, 19 to November, 25 the collection will be displayed at the «Working Archive» exhibition, which the Ural branch of NCCA mounts in collaboration with Pro Helvetia. The curators, Patrick Gosatti (Pro Helvetia, Cahiers d'Artistes) and Zhenya Chaika (the Ural branch of NCCA) present the full collection. Curators view these books not only as the panorama of the Swiss artistic life, but also as an important metaphor of memory. When a book is stored on a shelf it looses its basic function and becomes a symbol. At the exhibition all 240 books are wrapped in similar covers, which makes this library markedly devoid of functionality.
The installation Riverrun by the Swiss artist Davide Cascio serves as a framing for the archive. It suggests and enhances the feeling of instability and fragility of the unsafe construction. By developing the topic of non-functioning useless library, the artist raises questions about the archive’s availability and its potential: if «the Archive is Working», does it work?
During the time of the exhibition the Ural branch of NCCA will publish 4 monographic journals about the Ural artists. Artist, who are actively working in Ekaterinburg, rarely get professional reviews of their art. As an outcome of the «Working Archive» project there will appear texts that structure the activity of four Ural artists and shape images of their work. To implement it Pro Helvetia and the Ural branch of NCCA organize an art criticism workshop run by experts from Moscow and Switzerland.
«The project Cahiers d'Artistes – is an effective mechanism of presenting the Swiss artists in the world. I’d like curators from other cities and countries to have an opportunity to make an impression of the Ural artistic space. Taking the Swiss experience into consideration we are launching our publishing activity together with the «Sinara» charity foundation, which, as we hope, will become regular», - says Zhenya Chaika, co-curator of the «Working Archive» exhibition and the deputy director of the Ural branch of NCCA-ROSIZO.
The program of public events held within the «Working Archive» exhibition:
17:30 – Artist Talk. Davide Cascio, an artist, the author of the «Riverrun» installation for the «Working Archive» exhibition.
19:00 – Opening of the «Working Archive» exhibition.
October, 18 – 21
The Ural branch of NCCA-ROSIZO: