VDNH to hold an exhibition as part of TAKEOFF project Anastasia Vepreva. Ethereal

The competitive TAKEOFF project at VDNH will present the final project of the third season of 2018 on 5 December. Anastasia Vepreva, winner in the Art area, and curator Sergey Popov will present the Ethereal exhibition in the halls of the Space pavilion designated for the TAKEOFF project.

The artist’s thoughts on the fragility of life and historical memory are the basis of the Ethereal project. The exhibition has three parts: the earth, the clouds and the sky. The viewer is invited to make a metaphorical journey through changing media and visual imagery. The first part will present graphic sheets depicting the author's ideas on the theme of historical disasters. Anastasia Vepreva reflects on the transition from temporality to eternity and on earth being the only place where disasters are possible.

The second part of the exhibition will present abstract graphic sheets from the ceiling to the floor: a cloudy world. After the bustling world, we find ourselves in thunderstorm clouds: a buffer zone of peace and disturbing sleep. We part ways with our customary location and lose the notion of gravity, which gives us lightness and lifts us off the ground. The clouds look calm, but they preserve the memory of everything that happens beneath them, and in order to become free, you must pass through them.

The final part of the project is a large snow-white pedestal with papier-mâché beds and sleeping paper figures in them. This is the kingdom of oblivion, sailing and clear sky.

The author of the Ethereal exhibition, Anastasia Vepreva, says: “Only through the elaboration of the painful elements of our own history it is possible to get into the future”.

Sergey Popov about the Ethereal exhibition: "In her Ethereal project, Anastasia Vepreva actualises various perception modes of a person’s flight: as a state of lightness, a violation of gravity, and a state of discomfort, oblivion and even disaster. Vepreva works confidently and precisely with these images, giving the viewer an opportunity to experience them as poetic metaphors, but at the same time remaining within the limits of harsh realistic style. By putting together drawings and objects in the space of a large-scale installation that develops while the viewer walks through it, the artist combines deep reflection with the emotional experience of the fragility of a human being. The project which was originally intended for the space of an aircraft was moved to the Space pavilion, where it acquired a different, both visual and informative unrestricted area.

Anastasia Vepreva: born in 1989 in Arkhangelsk. Education: 2013-2014 – BFA special programme, Chto Delat School of Engaged Art. 2012-2014 – MA with honours. Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, 2012-2014, MA. Bard College, New York, USA (extramural, joint programme with St. Petersburg State University). Anastasia's works have been exhibited since 2013, and her personal exhibitions have been held in Russia (Voronezh, Murmansk, St. Petersburg, and Moscow), Serbia, Italy, Germany, and Sweden.

The curator of the Art area of the TAKEOFF project in 2018 and the Ethereal exhibition is Sergey Popov, art critic, owner of the Pop/off/art gallery, which has been open since 2004.

The TAKEOFF project started at VDNH on 21 May 2016. Its main task is to find new talents and to support young professionals working in the sphere of contemporary culture. Within the project, young authors are given the opportunity to implement their creative ideas and make an exhibition at VDNH. Competition winners work under the supervision of experienced curators and during the project, they get acquainted with the technology of organising and holding exhibition projects.

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VENUE: TAKEOFF project exhibition hall, Space Pavilion No. 34, VDNH
OPENING TIMES: daily 5 December to 8 January 2018, except Mondays, from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
ADMISSION: 100 roubles. Discount tickets for schoolchildren, students and pensioners: 50 roubles; children under 6 years, orphaned children, children without parental care, disabled persons, veterans of the Great Patriotic War (WWII) and multi-child families: free.