"Story Demands To Be Continued" Exhibition

PERI Foundation presents: “Story Demands To Be Continued” – solo exhibition of the Dagestan artist Taus Makhacheva curated by Alexey Maslyaev (Moscow Museum of Modern Art). The show addresses the issues of cultural succession and the search for cultural, social and everyday norms of life on the borderlines between the world of tradition and the modern globalized world. 

Defining the identity, be it cultural or ethnic, is the central subject of reflection in the public and social domains in the Caucasus. Taus Makhacheva’s art is very much about setting the right “coordinate system” i.e. a moral code one should rely on in the new and evolving environment. The artist shrewdly marks the alarming signs of change: a chaotic stream of transformations impacting the traditional ways of thinking along with bits and pieces of “catchy” ideals of the civilized world. In an attempt to structure this flow she is asking: “How does identity evolve within the new social community?”.

Attempting to answer this question in her works, Taus Makhacheva points out the need for leaving behind the unconscious myth-making that brings traditional cultural values and modern symbols and references into one narration, instead favouring the reflexive and mindful approach to the past and traditions, to the collective national memory and history.

“Story Demands To Be Continued”, curated by Alexey Maslyaev, will feature the well-known works (“Rekhen”, “The Fast and The Furious”, etc.) as well as the new ones to be shown for the first time (“On Historical Ideals of Labor in the Country that Conquered Space”, etc.). 

Taus Makhacheva – winner of “Innovation” state award for contemporary art (“New Generation” category, “The Fast and The Furious” project, 2012) and nominee of the Kandinsky prize (“Media Project of the Year” category, 2011). Holds a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College (London) and an MA from Royal College of Art (London). 

Alexey Maslyaev – curator and cultural studies scholar, Head of the Methodic & Research Section of the education department at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, holds an MA in “Cultural Studies of the 20th century” from Russian State University for Humanities (Moscow). 

Exhibition events programme

  • October 6, 12pm: Marionette theatre performance “The Way of the Object” (the seafront in front of the Avar theatre);
  • October 6, 16pm: Lecture by Madina Tlostanova “Decolonial esthesis and contemporary art”. (Conference hall of the National Library, Makhachkala, Rasul Gamzatov prospect 43);
  • October 7, 3pm: Open public tour across the exhibition with the curator and the artist;
  • October 13, 3pm: Marionette theatre performance “The Way of the Object” (on Rasul Gamsztov prospect next to Russian theatre);
  • October 20, 3pm: Marionette theatre performance “The Way of the Object” (on Rasul Gamzatov prospect next to Gamzat Tsadasa Memorial);
  • October 27, 3pm: Marionette theatre performance “The Way of the Object” (on Rasul Gamzatov prospect next to Russian theatre);
  • November 3, 3pm: Marionette theatre performance “The Way of the Object” (on Rasul Gamzatov prospect next to Gamzat Tsadasa Memorial);
  • November 4, 5pm: Catalogue presentation (Republic of Dagestan Artist Union Exhibition hall).