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Natasha Akhmerova’s Barbarian Art Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Promenadengasse 19
8001 Zurich

April 5th, 2014 - June 21st, 2014
April 4th, 2014 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
, Armando RearteArmando Rearte
© Courtesy of the artist & The Natasha Akhmerova’s Barbarian Art Gallery
+41 44 280 45 45
Wed-Thu 12-5 or by appointment

The antagonism that Rearte and Tishin share goes far beyond their backgrounds and their education. Coming from two unconnected cultures – Argentina and Belarus – their work unites them in more than one aspect. Their imagery speaks of an effort to understand a socio-cultural reality, and connects it to the present by expressing their ambiguity towards their history, their circumstances and their countries politics and doctrines. The transformation of political myths into the myths of visual culture is the main subject of interest that unites their beliefs.

Little do Rearte and Tishin care about giving their paintings an orderly, tangible, and easily seen form, as they almost never try to separate the main idea from a secondary one: they commonly refuse to use compositional ligaments which could clarify the relationship between the various parts of the picture. Sometimes texts appear as a noise, as inscriptions which are often impossible to read, and thus, are even more confusing to the already puzzled audience of the work. Their use of loud, contrasting colors, ambiguous or abstract scenes, as well as their use of parody and the brutal characterizes the works from both artists.

Rearte’s and Tishin’så imagery drifts both in our minds and our perception, where any form of theory becomes worthless. Their works ultimately laugh at any theories, bringing with them a new era in which the past never manages to vanish.

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