Siggi Sekira, The Howl, 2018, unglazed ceramics and thistle. Courtesy the artist
Kvartirnik, from the Russian kvartira
(a flat), is an acoustic concert performed in a domestic setting: an ordinary apartment. Kvartirnik can also, however, be a poetry evening or other forms of creative and intellectual exchange. Under the Soviet Union, such gatherings were important expressions of the local avant-garde scene or a way to safely pass time in an intimately confined environment. The tradition lives on.
‘Kvartirnik’ presents five artistic positions in four different locations, reconstructing one united Viennese flat. We enter the bright living room with Daniela Grabosch, where a single textile piece hangs on the door like a giant rose petal and a video quietly plays on her phone with its cold, cautious voice. We later step into the bedroom with delicate sculptures by Anna Bochkova, haphazardly occupying the small space. Then we peak in the bathroom with Natalia Gurova and go down the staircase, flying over her bright silicone sculptures. Finally, there is a backyard with works by Danielle Pamp and Siggi Sekira — to gulp a breath of fresh air like a miniature ceramic sculpture overgrown by thistles, or to imagine a familial hug.
, 10xx, Vienna
Anna Bochkova, Daniela Grabosch, Natalia Gurova, Danielle Pamp, Siggi Sekira
May 1 — June 6, 2020
Daniela Grabosch, [SCATTERED MEMORIES OF A MOMENTARY MOVEMENT 01] [4320C ROSE VIF], 2020, detail, cotton fabric, bronzed steel 3D Print, scent, boat rope and clothes hanger with clips. Courtesy the artist
Daniela Grabosch, [SCATTERED MEMORIES OF A MOMENTARY MOVEMENT 01] [4320C ROSE VIF], 2020, installation view, cotton fabric, bronzed steel 3D Print, scent, boat rope and clothes hanger with clips. Courtesy the artist
Natalya Gurova, Sisyphus I, 2020, mixed media. Courtesy the artist
Natalya Gurova, Keeping in touch_2, 2020, mixed media. Courtesy the artist
Danielle Pamp, Sister's Embrace, 2020, oil on canvas. Courtesy the artist
Anna Bochkova, The God Knows When To Smile, 2020, wire, paper and plaster. Courtesy the artist
KVARTIRNIK exists on its own, with objects taking the central part, longing for the communion and normal life. The last thing you see is the shabby door and the choice to leave the silent gig or go upstairs. As Joseph Brodsky wrote, ‘Don’t leave your room, just say you have the influenza/A wall and table are the most fascinating agenda.’
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