The New International presents artists from the two generations who came of age during the seismic social and political shifts of the 1990s. The first rose to public attention through the decade, while the second generation, born in the 1970s, were molded by the increasing fluidity of movement and thought that characterized the era.
Navigating the dominant discourses inherited from this time, such as the fall of communism and fear of terrorism, or the rise of the Culture Wars and identity politics, each artist has developed a singular approach to making work that has laid the foundation for a new understanding of ‘international.’ While their experiences span divergent geographies, their practice resists location through mono-cultural association. Instead, plural temporalities and perspectives are juxtaposed to visually, physically and psychologically engage their audiences with nuanced world-views that defy simple categorization.
The New International is part of a series of projects at Garage that focus on the 1990s as a turning point in contemporary art practice. Past projects include Reconstruction 1: 1990-1995 and Reconstruction 2: 1996-2000, in collaboration with the Ekaterina Foundation, which was the first survey of Moscow art life through the decade. Forthcoming is 89plus RUSSIA, developed in collaboration with curators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets as part of the Garage Field Research program. Launched during The New International, it will involve a year-long search for the newest generation of creative minds in Russia, all born in 1989 or later.
To coincide with The New International, a reader will be published that charts the defining events through which an international dialogue emerged from, and with, practitioners in Moscow.