EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE. MAYANA NASYBULLOVA
Date: JUNE 9 — AUGUST 7, 2022
Venue: VADIM SIDUR MUSEUM. 37 А NOVOGIREEVSKAYA STREET
Vadim Sidur Museum and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art with the support of Anna Nova Gallery are happy to announce Everything Is Terrible, a personal project by Mayana Nasybullova. This is the artist’s research of the phenomenon of catastrophe as a recurring process that undermines the global history of civilization.
Mayana Nasybullova engages in a dialogue with the legacy of Vadim Sidur, who reflected in the 1960s on the effects of war, violence and human tragedy that he witnessed. She zooms in on these motifs, looking at them from the perspective of personal trauma in the context of the current situation.
In the Everything Is Terrible project, the artist has combined collective and therefore familiar images, mixed textures, found objects and contrasting scales. Thus, a ceramic series of figures frozen in a furious outburst sets the affective load and tectonics of the project.
The colourful image of the Garden of Eden on the museum walls is in sharp contrast to the sculptural forms, frozen in a silent cry, reinforcing the paradoxical effect of a simultaneously prosperous and disastrous state of the world.
«By combining different sculptural elements in the space of a single syncopated and contrasting narrative, Mayana points to the complexity of any traumatic experience. A truly profound shock cannot be comprehended or formalized, it cannot be adapted in any other way than through witnessing. One has to admit the unthinkability of ordinary words and actions when confronted with a particular turning point, be it on a broad historical scale or in a private biography. This situation of interruption of comprehensible reality becomes the central motif of the project, in which the turning point is materially embodied. The viewer is invited to observe the transformation of the unimaginable into the permissible, the unreal into the actual, the impossible into the tangible and visible,» says the curator of the project, Olga Turchina.
Mayana Nasybullova (born 1989, Serov) is an artist who works with various materials including plaster, silicone, resin and found objects. She graduated from the Novosibirsk State Academy of Architecture and Art in 2012. She participated in the 5th Moscow International Biennale of Young Art (2016) and the Triennale of Russian Contemporary Art, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (2017). Mayana Nasybullova’s works are in public and private collections in Russia, USA, Germany and Switzerland. The artist is based in St. Petersburg.
Selected personal projects: Plaster Coming to Life, Siberian Centre for Contemporary Art, Novosibirsk, 2013; Current Amber, Siberian Centre for Contemporary Art, Novosibirsk, 2014; Siberian branch of National Centre for Contemporary Art State Museum and Exhibition Center ROSIZO, Tomsk, 2015; Ploshchad Mira Museum Center, Krasnoyarsk, 2016; Futuro gallery, Nizhny Novgorod, 2018; 139 Documentary Centre, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 2021; Unforgettable Memories in Bed with Lenin, the Left Foot Gallery, Omsk, 2018; Faith Crisis, VLADEY Space, Moscow, 2017-2018; Let's call it all off, Which at the Bottom? Place, Novosibirsk, 2018; la lumiere, TRANSATLANTIQUE gallery, Paris, 2019; To spite Motherland's face, Post Gallery, Novosibirsk, 2019; Skills of copying, Garage Museum Workshops, Moscow, 2020; No, it doesn't hurt, Shame Space; St Petersburg, 2021; PHASE: TRANSITION, Centre for Culture CC19, Novosibirsk, 2021; I wish I were a dog, LONGART Gallery, Petrozavodsk, 2021.
Olga Turchina (born 1978, Moscow) is an art historian, critic, and curator. She has a degree in History and Theory of Art from the Faculty of History at Lomonosov Moscow State University. She has worked at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and the State Centre for Contemporary Art. She is currently a senior research fellow at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. She has written and lectured extensively on Russian art.
Anna Nova Gallery was founded by Anna Barinova in 2005. Today it is one of the leading contemporary art institutions in Russia. It works with Russian and foreign artists and curators, creating daring and innovative projects. Since 2007, it has been a regular participant in the most prominent contemporary art fairs, such as Art London, ARCO Madrid, Vienna Art Fair, Cosmoscow, Photofairs Shanghai, Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair and others.