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Natasha Akhmerova and the Barbarian Art Gallery are pleased to announce the first solo show by Natacha Ivanova in Switzerland. U nder the title GAME ROOM the artist exhibits the eponymous quadripty ch together with a selection of other large-scale canvases painted between 2008 and 2012.

Natacha Ivanova’s work has a number of strength o n different levels. Viewers immediately recognize her uncontestable mastery of color and composition. Further to this the observers acknowledge Ivanov a’s thematic development\, which is marked by multiple layers of references . Her symbolisms produce a powerful theatricality: Images of animals – as h orses\, swans\, owls and dears – as well as sensual women heroines become t he main characters in her pictures.

“I create bold experiments with female sensuality and sexuality\, in many respects\, my works conveys secret confessions and stories about my life\, which is partly why I lend m y characters my own qualities and features”.

In Game Room - a ne o Soviet painting populated by swans\, Nazi snipers\, a nurse\, an athlete and other referential images - the artist portraits herself in the center o f the painting as a sculptural Easter European swimmer holding in her hands a large Nevaliachka\, this lead-bottomed Russian doll that rolls right bac k up when she’s knocked down.

The women portrayed by Natacha ge nerally reveal the contradiction of female nature. They are beautiful and s ensual\, strong and dangerous\, calm and headstrong. Their cold beauty reca lls the reversibility of the heroines of Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch. This relation to modern and contemporary cinema is unveiled also by Natacha ’s asymmetrical manner of expression:

“I am free to abandon the classical rules of composition\, I have developed an asymmetry inspired by the modern cinema\, Andrey Tarkovsky\, Alfred Hitchcock and Ingmar Bergman have all had a strong influcence”.

Natacha Ivanova frequently pe rpetuates a theme throughout a number of canvases. “A very large format is always an event\, a decision\, the act which calls for the most courage fro m an artist. It’s like talking out loud”.

More than 50 imitation nurses posed for the amazing Nurses triptych. You can recognize the artist \, one of her gallerists\, one of her collectors\, etc. Each woman is a rea l portrait\, captured live\, a lengthy process combining analysis and light \, painting and alchemy of encounter. Almost seventy women posed for many l ong hours in the studio in old Paris. Natasha decided to remove almost thir ty of them\, “to keep just the most alive\, the most personal\, and the mos t beautiful. […] Their [apparent] identity as nurses is more a symbol than a function\, a reference to sacrifice and eroticism\, to the gift and its m ystery”.

As a true portraitist Ivanova restores to the painting medium its most ancient and noble functions. Her complex scenes combine my thological and modern references celebrating the womanhood with all its eni gmas.

Natacha Ivanova (*1975 St. Petersburg\, lives and works i n Geneva) started her first art courses at the age of six at the Hermitage Accademy in St. Petersburg. Later she graduated from the School of Fine Art s in St. Petersburg and the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Her work has bee n exhibited in solo shows at the NK Gallery in Antwerp in 2013\, at the Cue to Project in New York in 2011 and 2008\, at the Galerie Valérie Cueto in P aris in 2006\, as well as at the Jerwood Foundation in London in 2005.

She has had an impressive price-winning career in France\, includin g the 2006 Académie des Beaux Arts Dumas-Miller Prize and the Special Grand Jury Prize of the Paul-Louis Weller Portrait Competition in 1999. Her work s find space in prestigious private and public collections\, as at the Thom as Olbricht Collection\, The Swiss Art Institution in Mannheim\, and the Mi chael D. Maloney Collection in Texas.

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Alessandra Ruggieri De Micheli
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