extended until 12.07. | #2489ARTatBerlin | Galerie aKonzept presents from 6th June 2019 the Wobbling Middle Age Elf exhibition, a solo exhibition by the artist Julia Zastava.
On Thursday, June 6th at 6 pm, Galerie aKonzept cordially invites you to the opening of Julia Zastava solo show, the Wobbling Middle Age Elf Exhibition.
Drawings, sculptures, videos, installations and performances line up in the artistic practice of Julia Zastava, diverging from one another and returning to motifs that consistently permeate the work. In her repertoire, animals, brutes and men are as familiar as animated objects, fairies, and as magical as spectral features.
If it haunts its images, it is less an expression of a fairytale fantasy than the echo of a reality in which the irrational and frightening have become the program of political and economic developments. Distortions, traumas and abstruseness provide the vocabulary for a present in which the spook rules. The face of the erratic everyday life in which the ghostly, the fairy tale and the monstrous pass into each other looks out from every Zastava piece.
The works convey a spontaneity that underlines the unpredictable and gives preference to the anecdote over grand narratives. The stories and the sceneries that unfold anew here remain enigmatic, refusing to follow the illusion of conclusive arguments. Each work, each image is singular, yet she unites a moment of insistence and a repetition of motives, that push beyond the single work without heading towards a superordinate theory or conception of reality.
In Zastava’s exhibition, the walls turn out to be a membrane through which the moods in the public space can communicate and exchange with the voice that speaks through the pieces. In this sense, it seems appropriate to describe the variety of works that Zastava unites in her exhibitions as a choir. The compilations of her works follow the aesthetics of an ensemble that is capable of expressing vulnerability as much as polyphonic protest – outlining what Bataille calls “a community of those who have no community.” There are images that do not fit into the picture, nor to the image of a community or society.
On this occasion, Galerie aKonzept will present a limited book edition in 22 copies (+ 5 AP) each containing an original drawing created by Julia Zastava specially for the event and a book with the reproduction of her paintings, both signed and numbered by the artist. It will be available for sale at our gallery.
Julia Zastava is a multimedia artist working with drawings, videos, installations and performances. She explores the topic of transformation – when shapes turn into objects and objects appear to be notions. Her current works are dealing with processes of transitions, questions of narrations, ideas of the uncanny, traumas, sexuality and magic. The spaces defined by her propose a puzzle to solve.
Born in Moscow. Lives and works in Vienna and Berlin.
She has been internationally exhibited in places and venues such as:
Austrian Cultural Forum, London / Topographie de L’Art, Paris / California Institute of the Arts: CalArts, Valencia / Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow / Cutlog NY Video program, New York / MUSA Museum Startgalerie Artothek, Vienna / Adds Donna gallery, Chicago / The State Russian Museum, Saint-Petersburg / Vision of Ludwig Collection, SanPaulo, Rio de Janeiro / The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow / Arte Fiera OFF, Spazio Carbonesi, Bologna / Kubus EXPORT, Vienna /
Vernissage: Thursday, 6 June 2019
Ausstellungsdaten: Freitag, 7 June to Thursday, 4 July 2019 – extended until 12 July 2019!Zur Galerie aKonzept
Image caption: Courtesy of Galerie aKonzept – Julia Zastava
Exhibition Julia Zastava – Galerie aKonzept | Contemporary Art – Kunst in Berlin – Exhibitions Berlin Galleries – ART at Berlin