XVII. The Age of Nymphs
10 NOVEMBER 2017 – 13 JANUARY 2018
XVII. The Age of Nymphs explores human and insect affects and the archaeology of trauma. The exhibition looks to cycles of history and the possibility of reanimating time through repetition and doubling. Confronting the stagnation of the current times, the artists test posthuman gestures and insect behaviours as a challenge to human politics.
XVII refers to the "revolution of the year seventeen" and to cicadas which live underground for 17 years before reemerging and accomplishing their life cycle shortly after. The title also relates to the current Russian governor's 17th year in power.
With Nika Neelova, Olga Grotova, Yelena Popova, and a special contribution by Mira Calix
Nika Neelova lives and works in London. Born in Moscow, Russia, she studied at the Royal Art Academy in The Hague and graduated from the Slade School of Art with MA Sculpture. She recently participated in the Syllabus II residency at Wysing Art Centre, Cambridge and has been awarded The Royal British Society of Sculptors Award and Saatchi New Sensations Prize. Recent solo exhibitions include FAULTS / FOLDS / FALLS at Vigo Gallery London and I lean to you numb as a fossil. Tell me I’m here at Ron Mandos Gallery Amsterdam. Recent group shows include Theatre of the Absurd at Green Art Gallery, Dubai; lithic at Code Copenhagen; The Opposite of Now at Guest Projects, London and ARCHEOLOGIA E ARCHITETTURA at Fondazione 107, Turin. nikaneelova.com
Olga Grotova was born in St. Petersburg and lives and works in London. She recently graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Painting after studying PGDip Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art. She uses diverse media from video to abstract painting and her work centres around the fictitiousness of historical narratives. She has exhibited at Coventry Biennial, Coventry UK; Osnova Gallery, Moscow; New Holland, St.Petersburg; Family Business Gallery, New York and Hayward Gallery and Guest Projects, both London. olgagrotova.com
Born in USSR, Yelena Popova lives and works in Nottingham, UK. Her practice questions the function of painting and how it can operate in contemporary conditions. She studied at the Moscow Art Theatre School before graduating from MA Painting at the Royal College of Art. Recent solo exhibitions include After Image at Nottingham Contemporary, Drying Time at Paradise Row, Portrait Gallery at Eastside projects, Birmingham and Olympic Throw, Invites at Zabludowicz Collection, London. She has exhibited at Osnova Gallery, Moscow; Future Light, Vienna Biennale; Saatchi Gallery and Royal Academy, London. yelenapopova.co.uk
Mira Calix is an award winning artist, composer and performer based in the United Kingdom. Music and sound have always been at the centre of her practice, which she continues to integrate with visual media and technological innovation to create multi-disciplinary installations and performance works. Mira has been commissioned by many leading international cultural institutions, festivals and ensembles including the London Sinfonietta, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Melbourne Recital Centre, Performa, Institute of Contemporary Art, Garage MCA, National Portrait Gallery, the Manchester International Festival and The Mayor Of London among others. Her mixed media installation by beings in 2 places at once was recently shown at the Coventry Biennial. miracalix.com