Curator: Konstantin Bokhorov
Co-curator: Julia Tikhonova
Project coordinator: Julia Voronova
Organiser: The Russian Federation of Artists within the «One Sixth Plus» Visual Arts Programme
with the Support of the Intergovernmental Foundation for Educational, Scientific and Cultural Cooperation
Programme Director: Maria Naimushina
Participants: Artists from the CIS, the Baltic States, and other countries.
- Alisa Ioffe
- Galim and Zauresh Madanov
- Nikolai Matsenko
- Marina Naprushkina
- Anatoly Osmolovski
- Gia Rigvava
- Tatyana Hengstler
- Konstantin Khudyakov
- Oleg Tyrkin
- and others
The exhibition «Second Dialogue» presents a selection of contemporary art from the countries of CIS and the Baltic States, featuring paintings, sculpture, and technological objects carried out within the framework of the 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. The exhibition is a part of the program «One Sixth Plus» run by the Russian Federation of Artists aimed at launching a broad dialogue between the artistic communities of post-ideological societies, and the fostering artistic values. Under the sweeping title, which measures one sixth of the world territory that Russia occupies, 'One Sixth Plus' consolidates art practices that have been neglected regionally.
In a world that has been torn apart by economic, cultural, and religious contradictions, competing artistic styles adopt the aggression of the world. In the realm of high art, however the individual pride of competing parties will come together as one under an umbrella of form, where the notions of space, light, composition, and media are allies.
This criteria provides a background for contemporary artists and critics to hold discussion on the issues of artistic style. The possibility of mutual dialog is in itself a remarkable sign of our time and attests to the wisdom of a cultural community to solve tasks by mutual effort. The humanitarian mission of this project is thus to hold the «Second Dialogue» that is counter to post-modern pragmatism, but focuses on the formal denotative tasks of visual art, and in particular, the imprints of various patterns on to a conceptual framework.
The «Second Dialogue» is a forum of art-professionals to express contrasting views. The exhibition does not promote any emerging trend or curatorial idea. «Second Dialogue» presents works of art in which purely artistic vision, rather than a response to the multicultural challenges of the contemporary world. The whole concept of this exhibition correlates with the idea of the early twentieth-century European avant-garde, which during the challenging period, between the two World Wars, looked for universal forms of artistic communication which would unite cultures, rather then lead them further apart.
Although «Second Dialogue» has emerged as a Russian initiative involving artists primarily from the CIS countries, it is aimed as part of a continuous program with participation and unlimited scope of many cultures and nations.
Constantin Bokhorov, curator