diptych “Revision. Part I”
and “Revision. Part II”,
Revision group: Maksim Vakulchik, Janna Grak, Andrei Dureika, Andrey Loginov, Maxim Tyminko
Digital print, aluminium, 500x250cm each
Originally presented in the BBK Kunstforum gallery , Düsseldorf, Germany
The project Revision. Part I & Part II is one of the most spectacular projects of the 2000s in the Belarusian contemporary art. Its authors are five Belarusian artists, the students of the Düsseldorf Academy of Art who live and work in Germany. The artists point out that their group is not a collective in the traditional sense, but an episodic collectivization practice which unites applications of individual strategies, defining Revision Group as an open club, where artists can discuss a variety of aesthetic issues and ideas, as well as carry out common projects. Usually the the group is exhibited under the name of the current project, whether it is Revision or Your Favorites. The prerequisite for the formation of the experimental group was influenced by the collective actions and performances created by them at the end of 1980 – early 1990 in Minsk.
The theme of “art as a clarifying picture of the world” is a key theme to the project. The name of the Revision refers to an attempt to literally revise artistic ideas and positions, stocktaking and reevaluation of cultural values. At the same time, it’s a reference to Gogol’s The Government Inspector with its grotesque irony, theatricality and fictionality of mise-en-scene which invoke the “silent stage”. This saturation with references, diversity of visual codes, and multiple details make this diptych a giant ten meter high puzzle which entices and an audience and doesn’t let them go.
Each member of the group uses a variety of media in his/her work, which influence the synthetic nature of the project, encyclopaedic informative value and technological process selection. Revision can be classified as “digital photography” only because of the chosen technology of the images processing and printing. Though, it cannot be called a pure photography. Rather, these works should be classified as a traditional painting, a complex construction which obtains its form and content by combining different elements into the one indissoluble visual space.
In the Revision. Part II project artists were interested in the clash of academic forms and ideas of the modernism. Each of the parts of the polyptych symbolizes a separate genre of art which is represented in a supposistive museum venue after a “futuristic” revision. In their text project Apollo and Dionysus at the Sunset they refer to Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. “First Manifesto of Futurism”: “Museums and cemeteries! They are not distinguished from each other… Well, now, where are those glorious arsonists with his burnt hands?”.
Revision (founded 2005 in Düsseldorf, Germany) – art group.
Maksim Vakulchik (born 1972, Minsk, Belarus) – artist. Lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Janna Grak (born 1971, Minsk, Belarus) – artist. Lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Andrei Dureiko (born 1971, Hrodna, Belarus) – artist. Lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Andrey Loginov (born 1975, Minsk, Belarus) – artist. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
Maxim Tyminko (born 1972, Chernihiv, Ukraine) – artist. Lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Text: Sergey Shabohin, Lena Prents, KALEKTAR ©
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