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Topology of a Phantom City Exhibition

07/29/2017 - 08/13/2017
11:00 am – 8:00 pm The Bottle House

July 29 – August 13, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

At the core of this exhibition lies a collision between two poetic systems, two distinct artistic lenses and approaches. While artists Asya Marakulina and Evgeny Granilshchikov may both belong to the same generation, they each find their own way of entering into a dialogue with their city, the space that contains and delineates their inquiries and inspirations. The exhibition’s title is borrowed from the French writer and film-director Alain Robbe-Grillet, who paid a visit to Moscow and Leningrad in 1963. Robbe-Grillet’s personal style is distinguished by his precise, almost eroticized attention detail and his rare mastery of the creation of an atmosphere of ambiguity and innuendo, which is largely what makes the particular poetics of his novels so consonant with the artistic inquiries presented in this exhibition.

In bringing together these different visual experiences, the exhibition encourages the viewer to plot his or her own aesthetic trajectory, a personalized navigation of the streams of images and flickering screens, on which the artists project their desires, hopes and fears.

The exhibition will take place from July 29 to August 13 in rooms of the second floor of the Bottle House. The detailed plan of the exhibition and the description of works you can find in the booklet.

Curated by Iaroslav Volovod, Andrey Misiano.

About artists

Asya Marakulina was born in 1988 in Perm, Russia. In 2006, she obtained a diploma in Computer Graphics from Perm’s Professional College №1, before continuing her studies in the Faculty of Arts at St. Petersburg State University, from which she graduated in 2015 with a diploma in Production and Design of Animated Films. Additionally, from 2013-2015, Marakulina trained at PRO ARTE Foundation for Culture and Arts’ School for Young Artists, in St. Petersburg. For the year of 2015 through 2016, Marakulina was named a recipient of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art’s grant program in support of emerging Russian artists. Lives and works in St. Petersburg.

Evgeny Granilshchikov was born in 1985 in Moscow. In 2009, he graduated from the Institute of Journalism and Literature with a degree in photojournalism, before continuing his studies in 2013 at the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia. He lives and works in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

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