Exhibition of Young Artists
Tram Depot (within ARTBAT FEST 7, Almaty)
"For three years already a project aimed at supporting young artists is activated under the ARTBAT FEST initiative. After carrying out the project of 2014 in an exhibition format at first, it became clear to us that its purpose is to educate, rather than just to demonstrate. Therefore, in 2015 one of the curator's tasks was to work individually with artists on their projects. This year the idea of a special educational program was pursued to the fullest. Undoubtedly, the educative component was present in previous years of the festival, but they were short event: short workshops, lectures, meetings with artists. However, it requires time for someone to be able to fully assimilate new ideas. In addition, in Almaty there’re no educational programs specializing in contemporary art. Having worked with Kazakhstani artists the lack of communication between generations became evident as well. Continuity, student internships and apprentices practically ceased to exist. That was the reason why it was decided to create a special educational course prior to the festival, as theory goes before practice. We are infinitely grateful that Yulia Sorokina supported this idea. This is how the School of Artistic Gesture (SAG) was born.
The final product of three-month sessions is going to be an Exhibition of Young Artists, which will be held at the Tram depot in Almaty. The place was chosen for a reason. One could trace the peculiar connection between Railway Station, where the last year’s opening of the Festival was held, and Tram Depot. The metaphor of movement /relocation perfectly suits artistic practices. In addition, it is no secret that Almaty is in desperate need for exhibition spaces; therefore we constantly search for unconventional ways and places. Finally, we feel nostalgic about trams being part of street life, as are many Almaty residents, and this is kind of a tribute to the history of Almaty. Artists are always at the forefront of social change; we hope that Depot will become a social and cultural space that will diversify lives of Almaty citizens."
Olga Veselova, ARTBAT FEST director.
Curated by Yuliya Sorokina (Kazakhstan).
Detailed information is available at the link: www.artbat.kz/exhibition-in-depo