Artist: Alevtina Kakhidze

Curator: Michal Novotný


From 31/05/2013 to 30/06/2013


The work of artist Alevtina Kakhidze lies between the still valid borders of East and West within Ukraine. It reflects both of those worlds within an anarcho feudalist society: huge geographical differences, a non caring state and extremely wealthy oligarchy. The western European desire is not anymore for the accumulation of goods or property, but rather experiences, visage and brands, regardless of actual promoted quality or real value of production.

Her artwork of a journey to the sky in a private jet plane therefore should not just be read as commentary on the class stratification of Ukrainian society. The price of taking a private jet flight just to see the land from the window is absurd, but however good a joke it is for the oligarch to spend this money which is inconsequential for him, the act also can be read symbolically. In Ukraine some people dispose of the power of taking others into heaven. Alevtina refused to produce drawings from the jet, which was the very reason for the flight in the first place. Not only is this in the frame of "I would prefer not to", Bartleby's passive resistance towards the system, but also a comment on the absurdity of the western post-fordist attitude towards life; to be filled with more new, exotic
and extreme experiences.

Alevtinas position however is neither contra or anti. She doesn't follow the simplification of many western leftist movements, reading everything through the pattern of "us against them", nor is she satisfied with a simple proclamation or illustration of the Eastern European situation as many other "East" labelled artists. While reacting to the situation and actual place, Alevtina instead takes action: opening a residency program in her rural village of Muzychi, creating a business plan independent of the supply/demand rule for local artisanals, or lecturing on Berlin Biennale for collectors. Alevtina is not separating herself from her surroundings, but rather becomes a motor of change. Her reactions are multilayered and complex, as much as the reading of them should be. In her exhibition at FUTURA gallery she therefore presents several of her works in multiple different ways.

Alevtina Kakhidze attended the National Academie Of Fine Art and Architecture in Kiev and Jan van Eyck Academie in the Netherlands. She exhibits in Ukraine as well as internationally since 2002. Alevtina Kakhidze took part on the 7th Berlin Biennale, Kiev Arsenale 2012 among many other solo and group exhibitions and was awarded the Kasimir Malevich artist award in 2008.

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