Private view: Tuesday, September 6, 2011, 18.00 - 21.00
Regina Gallery is pleased to present the one-man exhibition of Victor Alimpiev. Magic Rustle is the artist’s latest work and is included in the parallel program of the Fourth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. As in many of his previous works, the artist creates a particular community of people united by a common purpose. In his present work, the “community” has been compressed to a quantitative minimum.
Strolling along the stage, the actress performs a monologue, inciting the kulak (a category of Russian peasant) to rejoice, the imperfect word to riot, the bow to flourish... Words are as valuable as actions: the verbal statements
often resemble directive gestures - as if a conductor has suddenly begun assisting the action with words, while the monologue as a whole becomes performative (a statement of the type “I promise...”) The actress’ words and actions come across as if they reflect her own words and actions on a screen facing her, as if they comment on them and challenge them, creating a sport-like environment, a concert environment (remember that historians derive the origin of the word “concert” from two different roots: “competition” and “agreement”.) “As if” - because on the opposite-facing screen the same story is played out but with a slight delay which creates the impression - but just the impression - of a dialogue. That’s probably why the sound of statements here seem to contain a trace of a question and repeat with the insistence of a question. This is a reflection without ironic undertones. A perfect moral world in which words are as valuable as actions.
Massimiliano Gioni, New Museum (New-York) curator:
Alimpiev’s acrobatic flights of fantasy are meant to free our bodies, our movements and sounds from any immediate need and obvious meaning, turning our lives into an otherworldly mating dance or some inscrutable collective
Victor Alimpiev was born in Moscow in 1973 where he works and lives. His work has enjoyed both national and international recognition with solo shows at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum for Actuele Kunst in Gent and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. His work has also been included in several group exhibitions such as ‘Modernikon’ at the Fondazione Sandre$o Re Rebaudengo in Turin, ‘Etats de l’A”ifice’ at the Musée d’A” Moderne de la Ville de Paris and ‘21 RUSSIA’ at the PinchukA”Centre in Kiev, Ukraine. In 2009 Tate Modern acquired Victor Alimpiev’s video Sweet Nightingale and in 2007 the Centre Pompidou included the video My Breath in its collection.