The exhibition „Volume“ can be thought of as a rethinking of the avant-garde. That’s according to the Heat Plant. Painting as space, not painting as part of space is represented by this exhibition with artists Kalia Kalacheva and Gergana Tabakova.
The exhibition rethinks the early 20th century avant-garde concepts of the relationship of architecture to geometric abstraction. Eleven months of work went into the creation of the installation, and in the process the two artists were in constant dialogue without violating their personal understanding of the selection of materials, their use and compositional decisions. They try to search for their own divergent approaches that intersect in the construction of the common work.
„In the preparation and process of finding the forms to work with, we looked at architectural examples, including the Shibam settlement in Yemen, the architectural temple complex in Baalbek (Lebanon), the temple of Meenakshi in Madurai (India), the Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, temples in Ahmedabad, the ancient city of Persepolis in Iran, as well as contemporary cities such as Tokyo and Chicago,“ they say.
The focus is on the column, but not only as a major architectural element, but also as a symbol deeply inscribed in collective memory. As a link between earth and sky, it represents a vertical linked to the organisation and orientation of the world and is a symbol of the tree and the power of creation.
Thus, in the installation Volume, the multiple columns create a rhythmic structure in space in which anyone can walk around and experience the sensation of a space that is both whole and composed of discontinuous internal fragments.
The exhibition will open on April 11 at 6:30 pm and will run until May 7, 2023. It will include two meet-and-greets with the artists (April 18 and May 3, 6:30 pm) and an open art workshop for children (April 29, 11:30 am).
In addition to the „Volume“ exhibition, there will be 3 more exhibitions in April at the Warmth Center – „This Frivolity Was Allowed…“, which continues in „Project: Place until the End of the Month“, and „Through the Lens of the Children of Hope“ in the new exhibition space of the Corner Center, located on its second floor.
„Through the Lens of Hope’s Children is an exhibition that shows us the urban environment through the eyes of its youngest inhabitants. What impresses them, where do they like to play, what gets in their way? Often in urban planning we forget to make space for children, and this can have long-lasting effects on their health. All children need space to play, playgrounds, greenery. In the Hope neighbourhood, this space is even less, and there are so many children.
In order to better understand how they see the world around them and to turn them into active participants, Doctors of the World Association together with photographer Lina Krivoshieva from Two Dogs, Two Cats Studio are organizing photo workshops with over 50 children in Nadezhda at the end of September 2022. Although many of them are touching an analogue camera for the first time, they quickly feel the magic of photography and manage to cover the neighbourhood in a way never seen before.
The exhibition opens on April 12 and runs through the end of the month.