The title of the exhibition seems to refer to the space and heroism, and sounds as an echo of per aspera ad astra. However, astar means ‘lining’ in Azerbaijani – this notion is rarely used in the critique and theory of contemporary art. ‘Lining’ (the same title is given to one of the works on display) seems the most appropriate word to comprehend the creation of the new generation of artists from Baku.

A Brief History of Memory draws together four Thai experimental filmmakers who use spirituality and metaphor to deal with the complexity of personal, historical and political ordeals on the people of Thailand. They speak of personal loss, civil unrest and a conflicting sense of national identity.

Exploitation of the Imaginary, the project proposed by the Visual Culture Research Centre in Kiev, focuses on our speculative future, and the ‘imaginary’ of the masses in the world where it can be technically reproduced, where the main tension lies between the virtualized post-politics and utopian practice.

Dreams tainted with disillusionment. Ideals intruded upon and disturbed by reality. Greener pastures – do they exist? Where do they exist?

Curatorial project Peripheral Vision aims at presenting the youngest generation of Czech artists that are on a long-term scale connecting post-conceptual or post-medial art with certain renewed interest in visual quality. Particular artists are in a way resigning on the creation of images; rather they are being generated in the process of reflection upon the medium or material, in order to engage us in an unseen yet touching experience.

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.