Calvert22’s third exhibition will be Re-Imagining October, curated by Mark Nash, writer and curator, and Isaac Julien, artist and film-maker. The exhibition will feature work by both emerging and established artists from Russia and Eastern Europe, all of whom include the moving image in their artistic practice.
As the title implies, Re-Imagining October will explore the ways artists have re- imaged and re-imagined a shared history of being part of the Soviet Union. This relationship may be direct, as in the case of Dmitry Gutov, a participant in the Lifshitz Institute group, who seeks to explore the continued relevance of Marxist aesthetics today, or Vadim Zakharov whose photographic works such as Red Square behind Black Square echoes the work of the historic Soviet avant-garde in its formal composition. Re-Imagining October will demonstrate that the relationship to this past can also be much more indirect, as in the video installations of Gluklya and Tsaplya’s Factory of Found Clothing projects, which draw on traditions of cinema and theatre which can be traced back to Sergei Eisenstein.
Re-Imagining October will include films by artists who visited the former Soviet Union: Abderrahmane Sissako’s October reflects on the experience of African students in Moscow in the 1980s whilst Derek Jarman’s Imagining October explores connections between Soviet and Thatcherite homophobia on either side of the Iron Curtain. The exhibition will also feature Almagul Menlibayeva's Exodus from Unconditional Love and an element from Kristina Norman's After-War installation, both shown at this year’s Venice Biennale.
Mark Nash was a co-curator of Documenta 11, (2002) and also curated Experiments With Truth at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia in 2005; Pere Portabella, at MOMA New York in 2007; and The View from Elsewhere (with Kathryn Weir) at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney 2009. His book of essays Screen Theory Culture was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2008. He is Professor and Head of Department, Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art, London.
Isaac Julien is an artist and film-maker. Julien is represented in museum and private collections throughout the world, including Tate, MoMA, Centre Pompidou, the Guggenheim Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and the Brandhorst Museum. His curatorial credits include Derek Jarman: Brutal Beauty in 2008 at the Serpentine Gallery, London, which subsequently travelled to Kunsthalle Zürich and Kunsthalle Wien. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2001 and was winner of the PERFORMA Award in 2008.