Exploring the idea of Altermodernism, cultural identity and the impact of globalisation. The books of influence are:
-the Radicant and Altermodern by Nicolas Bourriaud, which is an attempt at contextualizing art made in today’s global context as a reaction against standardisation and commercialism.
-Jihad vs.McWorld : terrorism’s challenge to democracy by Benjamin Barber and more
The comfort they provided from extended periods on horseback made trousers a practical choice.
Images of male and female horse riders wearing trousers can be found on ancient ceramics. On the photo is an example of this on the vase to the left, depicting an Amazon woman.
My further research brings me to the fact that mythical Amazon warrior women in fact existed and were part of Schythian nomad tribes. They considered them as garments worn by barbarians.
Trousers came to Europe only in 13-14th century and were a military garment. They came in the form of snug shorts or loose fitting trousers that closed at the ankles.
In the late 14th century, they developed into tight trousers with attached foot coverings.
I am planning to bring this fascinating historical facts of trousers and ancient feminism into my practice.
At the moment I am reading the book Amazons and planning to go to the British Museum exhibition Scithian Warriors of Ancient Siberia 14th Sep till 14thJan 18. I have looked through many historical books however find sad that due to the lack of publications by Kazakh anthropologists, Kazakhstan seems to be out of picture or just briefly mentioned alrhough althoigh its been the major land of nomafs throughout millennia.
14 September 2017
14 January 2018
Sheila Hicks is now one of my favourite artists I discovered earlier this year at 57th Venice Biennale is now exhibiting in London. Her impressive colourful textile art awakens the tactile childhood memories of home. Besides the wall art, she challenges the medium to create bold sculptural and sometimes architectural objects. Born in USA in 1934, she lives and works in Paris. However her inspiration she draws from Latin American textile tradition.
Handmade textile like felt, wool, silk and plush rugs, blankets, clothes is an inherent part of nomadic culture. I grew up watching and helping my mum weaving, knitting and sewing, even though at work she was an engineer. Any country I move I decorate my new home with some traditional felt wall art. It would be exciting to implement nomadic textile tradition in my art.
Jake & Dinos Chapman are known for iconoclastic sculpture, prints and installations that engage with violence and politics with quite provocative and sarcastic humour. The brothers often use the distance of history to depict the horrifying effects they can have on society, like The Distasters of War in which they disturbingly collage and glitter over famous Fransisco Goya’s etchings that convey the barbarity and futility of war. However this time in dialogue with the reworked etchings Chapman brothers shock the audience with The Disasters of Everyday Life – an everyday horror of terrorism, especially for us, walking through London on a daily basis. Seven very realistic bronze suicide vests in a white gallery space are petrifying and seductive at the same time.
A friend of mine finds an interaction and posting an art-selfie with that kind of artwork somewhat disrespectful. However, as soon as an artwork is offered to the audience it starts living its “own” life, especially in our digital world. I have decided that this selfie is quite a strong way to share my perception and impression of the exhibition. In the way knowing the nature of work of Jake & Dinos Chapman were doing for decades, they probably would be the last to find it offensive.