Project 35 Volume 2, installation view, VCUarts Anderson Gallery, 2013. Photo: Terry Brown.
Project 35: The Last Act
August 10–January 31, 2016
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
Project 35: The Last Act is an unprecedented exhibition of single-channel video work that reveals today’s global connectivity through art. It is the result of an extensive five-year project by ICI, which exclusively culminates at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Project 35: The Last Act presents 70 video works from artists living and working all over the world—from Zimbabwe to Guatemala to Japan, from the USA to New Zealand to Kyrgyzstan, that have been selected by 70 distinguished curators including, Viktor Misiano, Pablo León de la Barra, Hou Hanru, Maria Lind, Bisi Silva and more. Since 2010, two versions of the exhibition have been presented in over 50 art spaces and museums around the world. As the finale, this is the first time they will be screened together, providing a unique, global overview of video art today.
Project 35 began as the first international survey of what curators thought was the most interesting video art happening around the world since the new millennium, further revealing the ways in which artists choose to communicate today. To begin, 35 curators selected 35 video works that ranged from reinterpretations of traditional philosophical propositions, to uprisings and protests in South Africa and emerging youth culture in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, to environmental exploitation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2012, 35 additional curators selected 35 video works, expanding the reach of the project. Shown together, the works reveal the diversity of approaches practitioners are taking to the medium, using various animation techniques, as well as borrowing from the language of cinema, performance, and even YouTube, to produce work that weaves between documentary and fiction formats.
Since the advent of video art in the late 1960s, the medium has become one of the most accessible for contemporary artists. With the Internet and moving images making worlds once far now seem immediately close, an easily disseminated survey of contemporary international video art connects global perspectives on culture and new ways of seeing for audiences worldwide. This exhibition reflects on life from 70 different positions, while screening the videos together creates a shared viewing experience and greater cultural understanding.
Presenting the work of many artists for the first time in Russia, Project 35: The Last Act is also unique for its “cinema” style presentation in Garage’s new auditorium. Each week a new, daily program of video works are screened, which are each especially selected for audiences by eleven key creative people in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg based on their personal interests and tastes. This weekly program has been prepared in collaboration with Russian artists (Olga Chernyshova, Evgeny Granilshikov), film critics (Alexey Artamonov, Boris Nelepo), journalists (Maria Kravtsova), art critics (Alexander Evangeli), curators (Elena Yushina, Aperto gallery; Andrey Misiano, Garage) museum directors (Anton Belov, Garage) and theater directors who will choose their personal favorites from the wide range of works.
Artists: Vyacheslav Akhunov, Jonathas de Andrade, Meris Angioletti, Alexander Apóstol, Marwa Arsanios, Vartan Avakian, Azorro Group, Zbyněk Baladrán, Sammy Baloji, Yason Banal, Guy Ben-Ner, Michael Blum and Damir Nikšić, Deanna Bowen, Pavel Braila, Andrea Büttner, Robert Cauble, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Park Chan-Kyong, Chen Chieh-jen, Chto delat/What is to be done?, Josef Dabernig, Elena Damiani, Shezad Dawood, Manon de Boer, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Angela Detanico, Annika Eriksson, Kota Ezawa, Antanas Gerlikas, Tamar Guimarães, Dan Halter, Annemarie Jacir, Ranbir Kaleka, Beryl Korot, Nestor Kruger, Rafael Lain, Lars Laumann, Aníbal López, Reynier Leyva Novo, Basim Magdy, Cinthia Marcelle, Bradley McCullum & Jacqueline Tarry, Anja Medved, Tracey Moffatt, Ivana Müller, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Phu Nam Thuc Ha, Ho Tzu Nyen, Ahmet Ögüt, Agnieszka Polska, Jenny Perlin, Daniela Paes Leao, Elodie Pong, The Propeller Group, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Sara Ramo, Tracey Rose, Sona Safaei, Edwin Sánchez, Heino Schmid, Michael Stevenson, Stephen Sutcliffe, Yukihiro Taguchi, Prilla Tania, Alexander Ugay, Ulla Von Brandenburg, Wok the Rock, Zhou Xiaohu, Sun Xun, Jin-me Yoon, Dale Yudelman, Helen Zeru, Chen Zhou
Curators: Mai Abu ElDahab, Leeza Ahmady, Magalí Arriola, Meskerem Assegued, Ruth Auerbach, Daina Augaitis, Defne Ayas, Lars Bang Larsen, Regine Basha, Zoe Butt, Yane Calovski, María del Carmen Carrión, Valerie Cassel-Oliver, Rosina Cazali, Amy Cheng, Ana Paula Cohen, Stuart Comer, Veronica Cordeiro, Christopher Cozier, Joselina Cruz, Sergio Edelsztein, Rifky Effendy, Özge Ersoy, Charles Esche, N’Goné Fall, Lauri Firstenberg, Amirali Ghasemi, Alexie Glass-Kantor, Julieta González, Vít Havránek, Hou Hanru, Anthony Huberman, Virginija Januskeviciute, Abdellah Karroum, Mami Kataoka, Sunjung Kim, Pablo León de la Barra, Constance M Lewallen, Maria Lind, Lu Jie, Raimundas Malasauskas, Francesco Manacorda, Chus Martínez, Yandro Miralles, Viktor Misiano, Srimoyee Mitra, David Moos, Nat Muller, Deeksha Nath, Simon Njami, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Sharmini Pereira, Jack Persekian, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Kathrin Rhomberg, José Roca, Bisi Silva, Franklin Sirmans, Kathryn Smith, Susan Sollins, Mats Stjernstedt, David Teh, Philip Tinari, Christine Tohme, Mirjam Varadinis, Raluca Voinea, Jochen Volz, WHW, Weng Choy Lee, Adnan Yildiz
Organized by Andrey Misiano, Garage Assistant Curator
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