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Irina Nakhova

09 September — 15 October 2020
23 pop/off/art gallery

Irina Nakhova


The pop/off/art gallery presents a personal exhibition of Irina Nakhova, one of the leading artists of Moscow conceptualism, the author of one of the first "total installation" in the USSR. The "Wall" project includes a video of the same name and a large scale pictorial polyptych. The video work was conceived as part of an installation for the project of the Pushkin Museum in collaboration with the Stella Art Foundation in the Cathedral of San Fantin as part of the 58th Venice Biennale dedicated to the 500th anniversary of Jacopo Tintoretto. According to Nakhova's idea, three video projections were inscribed in the architectural ensemble and duplicated the relief features of the real church walls. However, in the run-up to the opening, the part called "The Wall" was excluded fr om the exposition. For the exhibition in the gallery Irina Nakhova suggested a new concept of a video space supplemented with new material, wh ere the wall literally becomes the central part of the exhibition hall and the painting acts as a pandan. 

The material for the project was the current events of modern history - protests in Moscow, London, shot by the artist herself, and Paris, provided by journalist Anthony Deperraz. Nakhova synthesizes technical methods of painting and video. 

The artistic expression, which was articulated in the "Repair" project (2012), is being developed in new works for the exhibition. Nakhova seeks to capture fragments of reality and fragments of events, presenting them as patinated artifacts. The wall, at the same time, acts as a limiter and protection, a metaphor for the historical canvas and a time section. "Just as the Tintorette crowds came to the canvases from the streets and squares of Venice, so the protest crowds of the Wall emerge from the life of modern cities," - says the artist.

Irina Nakhova was born in 1955 in Moscow. Graduated from the Moscow Polygraphic Institute. She is a representative of Moscow conceptualism. Irina Nakhova - one of the first Russian artists who began to engage in the art of installation in Russia, creating in the mid-1980's in his apartment a series of large-scale projects "Rooms". In 2013 Nakhova won the Kandinsky Prize in the Project of the Year category, and in 2015 she became an exhibitor in the Russian Pavilion at the 56th International Venice Biennale. In 2017, she was included in the top 5 ratings of recognized Russian authors compiled by the InArt project. The last solo exhibitions of the artist were held in Zimmerli Art Museim ("Museum of the Edge", 2019, New York, USA) and in Tate Modern ("Room No 2. 1984/2018", 2018, London, UK). Works by Irina Nakhova are in the collections of Tate Modern, The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum. The Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection, New Brunswick, USA; London, UK; State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia; State Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia; Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia; Katerina Cultural Foundation, Moscow, Russia and other collections. Lives in Moscow and New Jersey, USA.