Almaty Art Center, Almaty
13 August, 2017 – 4 September, 2017
Artists: Lado Lomitashvili, Oksana Chepelyk
The ART PROSPECT is an individually designed two- to four-week residency program that provides opportunities for visiting artists and curators to conduct research, collaborate with the local arts community, and create special projects in partnership with arts organizations in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Upon the program’s conclusion, artists present their works to local audiences.
Lado Lomitashvili lives in Tbilisi, Georgia, where he currently studies architecture at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts (TSSA). Lomitashvili works primarily with materials like iron, wood, and fabric; a wide range of techniques and media he employs include painting, photography, book illustration, sculpture, and installation. In his abstract works, architecture and product design are substantial elements. His functionless sculptural objects emphasize their own roles and structures. With his background in architecture and public space, Lomitashvili is particularly interested in familiarizing himself with Kazakhstan, its culture, and its historical architectural and spatial artifacts in close collaboration with the local community. As an emerging artist, Lomitashvili places special importance on engaging in an exchange of experience with colleagues at an international level. Over the recent years, he has been a regular and active participant in exhibitions both in Georgia and abroad.
Oksana Chepelyk is a contemporary Ukrainian artist. Following her studies at the Art Institute in Kyiv, Ukraine, she enrolled in post-graduate work in Moscow, Russia; Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Banff, Canada. She also completed a post-doctoral program at the Bauhaus in Dessau, Germany and a Fulbright Research Program at UCLA in Los Angeles, USA. A receiver of a number of prestigious international awards, Chepelyk has exhibited widely internationally including at institutions such as MoMA (New York); ART FAIR (Stockholm); MCA (Zagreb); Deutsches Historisches Museum (Berlin); ISEA 2000 (Paris); and Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna). In 2003, she became the leading researcher at the Modern Art Research Institute of Ukraine and has been an art-director of the International Festival of Social Sculpture since 2007. In her work, Chepelyk uses installation, video, new media, performance, photography, and public art. Her oeuvre raises problematic questions about the functioning of social environments at a time of paradigmatic changes in the global world.
During her residency in Almaty, Chepelyk plans to continue her City Code research. The city as a neural network, a new nervous system of the urban landscape, requires identification of its words, signs, and images. In Almaty, the artist intends to collaborate with local partners and communities to create her own vision of one of eight districts of Kazakhstan’s cultural capital by video mapping the City Code. This work will be presented within the framework of ARTBAT FEST’s public art program. Additionally, Chepelyk will give a lecture entitled “The International Festival of Social Structure and Other Research into Urbanistic Practices” to Kazakhstani artists participating in the School of the Art Gesture. Together with the school she will organize a collective performance in the form of an urbanistic interventionist gesture. Such a social sculpture project aims to engage in a dialogue with local citizens in the process of its artistic creation.
General Partner: International organization CEC ArtsLink