A charity project organized by Lazy Mike gallery and "You Are Not Alone" the women's mutual help network in support of the project. The funds received from the sale of the works presented at the exhibition will be transferred to the "You Are Not Alone" network. Women group exhibition includes Irina Nakhova, Fedora Akimova, Appolinaria Broche, Ksyusha Lastochka and other artists.
In Moscow, June 21, 2021 – On June 26th, at the Lazy Mike gallery opens a group women exhibition "You Are Not Alone".For a long time, a woman in Russian art could basically be content with only the role of a muse or a "faithful friend" of a genius – to inspire, but not create herself. The exhibition "You Are Not Alone" is a dedication to the gradual rethinking of outdated dogmas about the place of women in art, a discourse on the original work of artists, as well as a charity project organized by the Lazy Mike gallery in support of the network of mutual assistance of women of the same name "You Are Not Alone" The proceeds from the sale of the works presented at the exhibition will be donated to the "You Are Not Alone" women's mutual help network.
Since the time of the avant-garde, when Soviet art made itself known on the world stage, it became clear that the majority of artists in our country are men. Olesya Avramenko writes about this in detail in her book "Gender in Soviet Unofficial Art", which reveals the influence of Soviet gender policy on society and art, backing up her work with a series of interviews with artists of that time, including Irina Nakhova.
"As an active participants in the contemporary art market, we see that, despite the increasing relevance of the women's agenda in Russia and the world, this tendency is still very weak in the art environment. Discussing the role of women in creativity and her still vulnerable position, we also turned to an equally relevant topic that cannot be kept silent – the problem of domestic violence. Together with the artists participating in our combined exhibition "You Are Not Alone", we want to celebrate the female line in contemporary art and once again draw public attention to this important issue," – say Mikhail Ovcharenko and Tatiana Shtern, the ideological inspirers of the project and the founders of the Lazy Mike gallery.
Alena Popova, co-founder of the women's mutual help network You Are Not Alone, comments: "I remember we held an exhibition against domestic violence, and before that many times from the stands, we have explained at various state and non-state platforms that violence is evil. It turned out that the exhibition and art in general convinces people faster than all our dry data, numbers and references to laws.
We thought for a long time how we can bring the topic back to the art level. Therefore, we are extremely grateful that such a chance has appeared. It is especially important that women artists take part in the exhibition. There should be more artists, it is important to support them. Women's names in art should, in my opinion, sound more often. Successful women artists are real role models for many other aspiring artists who need to know and see that there are examples and guidelines that the glass ceiling is increasingly collapsing over the heads of women."
The exhibition includes works by internationally established contemporary artists as Irina Nakhova, Fedor Akimov, Appolinaria Broche, Ksyusha Lastochka, Yulia Virko, Stas Grishina, Dog Potato, Natalia Pivko, Maria Agureeva, Jolie Alien, Alice Hualice and others. Alice Hualice is a participant of the recent Garage Triennial, Fyodora Akimova and Ksyusha Lastochka are participating in the current Garage exhibition "Choosing a Distance: Speculation, Fakes, Forecasts in the Coronacen Era." Irina Nakhova – represented Russia at the Venice Biennale in 2015, her works are in a number of important international institutions, including the Zimmerli Museum, where she recently had a personal exhibition, as well as at the Pompidou Center and the State Tretyakov Gallery. Some of the artists presented at the exhibition are taking their first steps in contemporary art - and they will definitely have a great future.
The exhibition will run from June 26th to July 31st, 2021.