“TV studios / Rooms without Doors”, a solo show by Alevtina Kakhidze in the context of РАС-UA Re-Consideration

Jun 26, 2014 8:59AM

17 May – 22 June, 2014
Open Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00 until 21:00
Admission is Free. 

Kiev, Ukraine, May 15, 2014

The PinchukArtCentre presents TVStudios / Rooms without Doors”,a solo show by Ukrainian artist Alevtina Kakhidze that starts a new exhibitions series of the “PAC-UA Re-consideration”. Re-consideration researches the relations and influences between Ukrainian art scene of today and artistic practices of the past. It discovers the continuity of tradition in the context of interrupted development of Ukrainian art history, showing new works created by new generation of artists inspired by older artistic positions. 

In “TV studios / Rooms without Doors” Alevtina Kakhidze draws inspiration from “Solid Television Studio” (1998) installation by Vassily Tsagolov. She refers to Tsagolov’s message about television stating that “what appears as a reality has been formed inside the walls of the TV studio”. Kakhidze widens this idea saying that every reality can be staged and its perception manipulated.  

Playing with this message in her installation at the PinchukArtCentre, she creates her own environment, where she places her transformed appropriation of Tsagolov’s piece together with science fiction books, her first source of inspiration for inventing own realities. Linking science fiction and “TV reality” Alevtina Kakhidze blurs boundaries between constructed and experienced reality.

Alevtina Kakhidze, artist: “There were no artists, no galleries in my native town. But there was a library with a fiction department. I have read everything that was on the shelves: Saimak, Finney, Le Guin, Lem, Strugatsky. Afterwards I have become an artist, but with a special way of showing reality, – I imagine reality, in other words I fantasize it…”

Swapping reality and fiction is Kakhidze’s way to continue her story writing where the truth seems to be imaginary and the imaginary seems to be truthful. During the exhibition the artist will make five story-based live performances that will be broadcasted in a format of TV news as part of her exhibition.

Bjorn Geldhof, Deputy Artistic Director of the PinchukArtCentre: “With PAC-UA Re-consideration the PinchukArtCentre starts a new series of shows which investigates the intuitive links between different generations of Ukrainian artists, where young generation finds inspiration or links with past artistic practices. In the case of Alevtina Kakhidze it turned out to be a very special connection not only with an artwork by Tsagolov that she had seen 12 years ago, that made such an impression and gave her an impulse to create her works today, but also the fact that she goes back to her early childhood years where her only escape from reality was to be found in science fiction books, which defined her artistic practice.”

The exhibition is organised and co-curated by Bjorn Geldhof, Deputy Artistic Director of the PinchukArtCentre, and Tatiana Kochubinska, junior curator of the PinchukArtCentre.

The show is open on the 4th floor in the “PAC-UAspace from 17 May till 22 June, 2014.