We start with Aslan Gaisumov’s first solo exhibition in the UK titled "All That You See Here, Forget" that has opened at Emalin Gallery, London this week and will last until 28 April. Curated by Anna Smolak, an independent curator based in Krakow, Poland, this exhibition debuted Aslan's new video work, "Keicheyuhea", produced with the support of the Han Nefkens Foundation, Barcelona. Aslan Gaisumov (b. 1991) is the Russian artist who lives and works in Grozny, Chechnya; his project follows the artist's grandmother and her impressions of return to her native Chechen village that remained a closed territory during the USSR and has only recently became accessible to its former residents. Aslan’s work can be found in the collection of the State Hermitage museum. He was also awarded the Innovation Prize (Russia) in 2016. According to Leopold Thun, Emalin Gallery co-director, he became aware and drawn to the contemporary Russian art through the work of such institutions like the V-A-C and Calvert 22. As a gallerist, he started working with Evgeny Antufiev and Aslan Gaisumov, who have introduced him to a whole host of exciting artists currently living and working in Russia.
"I think that the next step is for collectors and curators to stop distinguishing between Russian and international art, as the work is already embedded into an international context and does not need to rely on such differentiation," says Leopold Thun, an independent curator, co-director of the Emalin Gallery.