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OCULUS DVA

Participants of the OCULUS DVA project are young Petersburg artists who felt constricted in the frames of academic art education, so they did not stop there. 

Simon Motolyanets. Sorry. 2011. Object, wood. Courtesy of the artist

Participants of the OCULUS DVA project are young Petersburg artists who felt constricted in the frames of academic art education, so they did not stop there. In a moment they share a certain common experience, gained in the process of study at the PRO ARTE Foundation— the Contemporary Art program is built for practicing artists.

However, OCULUS DVA is not a trivial accomplishments show of the results of the study. The essence of any conscious education outside of formal qualifications is a searching for specific impulses and methods. Then, even a "student" exhibition can become a conceptually valid statement that demonstrates that knowledge sharing is not a ceremony, but a kind of experimental identity. Despite their different backgrounds, these artists are now all in the same coordinate system.

The theme of the project is a unique angle of sight in every situation and in a particular point in time and space. This axiom is universal, but for the artist's perception it becomes the starting point, and the change of the angle of view affects the attitude of the author.

Appeal to this point of view is not a snobbish reception, where "every artist sees it his own way". This is only the deployment of a contour map, upon which every author's position is unique, first of all, topographically, which creates different angles of view and allows the statements of participants to combine. Each artist of the OCULUS DVA project allows us to trace the trajectory of his gaze and focus on the subject of observation. The project is notable for the fact that the program of the PRO ARTE Foundation is a new stage in understanding the previous artistic experience. The story is told by everyone, there is one more step in the transformation of personal vision.

Anna Buyvid

Coordinated by
Yana Klichuk

Organized by
PRO ARTE Foundation,
St. Petersburg branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts

With the support of
The Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation

July 2, 2014

On June 24 and 25, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art began. 3069 applications by artists under 35 from 84 countries of the world were submitted for the competition, which lasted from November 2013 through March 2014. David Elliott, Artistic Director of the Biennale, proposed the motto A Time for Dreams as the general theme, and curated the main Biennale project, which presented works by 83 artists from 32 countries of the world.

June 17, 2014

The educational program of the Biennale, curated by Antonio Geusa and coordinated by Ekaterina Razdumina, is entitled Wise Advice, and aims at helping young artists to find answers to various questions that concern their creative growth and career development.