Calvert22 is delighted to announce an exhibition of work by acclaimed Russian artist
Olga Chernysheva. This will be the largest exhibition of Chernysheva’s work to date in
the UK and will present a selection of her video, photographic works and
watercolours. This will be the first solo show at Calvert22.
Olga Chernysheva captures everyday life in post-Communist Russia and her subjects
are the ordinary people of Moscow. Although she maintains a distance from her
subjects, Chernysheva is not critical of them in the sense of judging either them or the
political or social conditions that contextualise their lives. Often the precise location of
the depicted subjects is unclear, and Chernysheva observes closely, uncovering the
humour and contradictions that underpin Russian society as it goes through a long
period of upheaval.
Chernysheva documents moments in the lives of ordinary Russian workers, escalator
attendants on the Moscow underground network, encased in glass booths (On Duty,
2007) or Russian security personnel (Guards, 2009). In these series of black-and-white
photographs Chernysheva turns her gaze to subjects whose blank, often bored,
expressions belie their status as authority figures; their roles are relegated to observers
or bystanders rather than active participants in the monotonous action that surrounds
them. Also on display will be Chernysheva’s video work Intermission of the Heart, 2009,
which draws direct inspiration from the ennui and monotony of 19th century Russian
artist Pavel Fedotov’s painting Encore, More Encore!
Olga Chernysheva (b. 1962) lives and works in Moscow. In 2001 she represented Russia
at the 49th Venice Biennale and has been shortlisted for this year’s Artes Mundi Prize.
Her work is held in major international museum collections, as well as in private and
Recent solo exhibitions include: ‘Inner Dialog’, Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna,
Austria; ‘Present Past’, 3rd Moscow Biennale, Baibakova Art Projects, Moscow, Russia;
‘Adventure Istiklal’, Istanbul Biennial, Yapi Kredi Kazim Taskent Art Gallery, Istanbul,
Turkey; ‘Caesuras’, Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin, Germany (all 2009); ‘Acquaintances’,
White Space Gallery, London, United Kingdom; ‘After Eisenstein’ with Boris Mikhailov,
Lunds Konsthall, Sweden; ‘New Works’, Foxy Productions, New York, NY, United States
(all 2008); ‘Involutions’, Catherine Bastide Gallery, Brussels, Belgium (both 2007);
‘Panorama’, Stella Art Gallery, Moscow, Russia; ‘Sites’, Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery
of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (both 2006); ‘Fields’, Moscow Multimedia
Complex for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia (2005); ‘The Happiness Zone’, The
State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia (2004).