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The 2nd Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art in Yekaterinburg

By Gazeta Russa
The 2nd Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art in Yekaterinburg was the venue for a gathering of artists from 30 countries, who presented around 30 original projects.<br>The young French artist Mathieu Martin made the 5000 km journey from his home in France to "breathe new life" into the White Water Tower, one of Yekaterinburg’s symbols, and restore it to its original color
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Tatyana Andreeva

The 2nd Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art in Yekaterinburg was the venue for a gathering of artists from 30 countries, who presented around 30 original projects.
The young French artist Mathieu Martin made the 5000 km journey from his home in France to "breathe new life" into the White Water Tower, one of Yekaterinburg’s symbols, and restore it to its original color
The 2nd Biennale continued the ideas of the first (2010): artists from different countries tried to establish a rapport between industry and art, to give industrial objects artistic value, and to harmonize the wide-ranging Soviet and post-Soviet legacy of manufacturing and consumption into a single entity

Tatyana Andreeva

The 2nd Biennale continued the ideas of the first (2010): artists from different countries tried to establish a rapport between industry and art, to give industrial objects artistic value, and to harmonize the wide-ranging Soviet and post-Soviet legacy of manufacturing and consumption into a single entity
In addition to the main project, the Biennale offers a range of parallel and special events: for example, a unique experimental performance by the H2O Theater of Opera and Ballet inside the Uraltransmash plant. In addition to the 20 artists, the show features ordinary factory workers

Tatyana Andreeva

In addition to the main project, the Biennale offers a range of parallel and special events: for example, a unique experimental performance by the H2O Theater of Opera and Ballet inside the Uraltransmash plant. In addition to the 20 artists, the show features ordinary factory workers
Experts predict that the Biennale will receive at least 60,000 visitors... a feast of global avant-garde awaits at every turn

Tatyana Andreeva

Experts predict that the Biennale will receive at least 60,000 visitors... a feast of global avant-garde awaits at every turn
One of the most original and impressive installations: it makes you want to sit down and have a rest, but... the chairs are just skillfully carved holes in the carpet. Nevertheless, few passers-by can resist the temptation to take a step towards the virtual chairs

Tatyana Andreeva

One of the most original and impressive installations: it makes you want to sit down and have a rest, but... the chairs are just skillfully carved holes in the carpet. Nevertheless, few passers-by can resist the temptation to take a step towards the virtual chairs
Kutluk Ataman’s exposition collected 40 television sets, each of which showed an interview with inhabitants of the Turkish ghetto. The artist draws attention to the ability of these people, traditionally considered "undesirable elements," to enrich the culture of a cosmopolitan city such as Yekaterinburg.

Tatyana Andreeva

Kutluk Ataman’s exposition collected 40 television sets, each of which showed an interview with inhabitants of the Turkish ghetto. The artist draws attention to the ability of these people, traditionally considered "undesirable elements," to enrich the culture of a cosmopolitan city such as Yekaterinburg.
Yekaterinburg resident Vladimir Seleznev collected slogans from recent election campaigns and used them to adorn an entire room. Symbolically, they are visible only when illuminated by a special lamp

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Yekaterinburg resident Vladimir Seleznev collected slogans from recent election campaigns and used them to adorn an entire room. Symbolically, they are visible only when illuminated by a special lamp
"The eye never sees itself" — these lines from a work of Joseph Brodsky are the leitmotif of the international exhibition. In his time, the poet emphasized the human need for guidance in a world full of imminent threats and dangers

Tatyana Andreeva

"The eye never sees itself" — these lines from a work of Joseph Brodsky are the leitmotif of the international exhibition. In his time, the poet emphasized the human need for guidance in a world full of imminent threats and dangers
Not just a yellow blob, but a piece of modern art. "I entrusted this yellow spot to an exhibition assistant, but then completely forgot why,” was the author’s modest explanation

Tatyana Andreeva

Not just a yellow blob, but a piece of modern art. "I entrusted this yellow spot to an exhibition assistant, but then completely forgot why,” was the author’s modest explanation
"The world is hostile, though some parts, central or otherwise, have different ways of comprehending local dangers. This exhibition is about how artists use their vision to ‘defuse’ threats,” said the author of the project Yaroslav Bubnov, explaining the core concept

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"The world is hostile, though some parts, central or otherwise, have different ways of comprehending local dangers. This exhibition is about how artists use their vision to ‘defuse’ threats,” said the author of the project Yaroslav Bubnov, explaining the core concept
Sooner or later, some visitors encountered a problem: that “thingamajig” over there — does it allegorize the relationship between the individual and his or her surrounding reality, or is just an incomprehensible lump of metal?

Tatyana Andreeva

Sooner or later, some visitors encountered a problem: that “thingamajig” over there — does it allegorize the relationship between the individual and his or her surrounding reality, or is just an incomprehensible lump of metal?
Guests of the exhibition took delight in using this metal ball as a mirror. It turned out to be... a walking camcorder

Tatyana Andreeva

Guests of the exhibition took delight in using this metal ball as a mirror. It turned out to be... a walking camcorder
This is not a pile of garbage, but the brainchild of Bulgarian Netcom Salakova: "All you ever wanted to do to certain people, especially the political elite, do it to these boxes"

Tatyana Andreeva

This is not a pile of garbage, but the brainchild of Bulgarian Netcom Salakova: "All you ever wanted to do to certain people, especially the political elite, do it to these boxes"
The motto of the Biennale was: "One artist per workshop!" Focusing on a wide range of topics, from ecology to politics, the artists’ aim was to convert an old industrial site into an art residency.

Tatyana Andreeva

The motto of the Biennale was: "One artist per workshop!" Focusing on a wide range of topics, from ecology to politics, the artists’ aim was to convert an old industrial site into an art residency.
One of the main sites of the areas was the Ural Worker print shop

Tatyana Andreeva

One of the main sites of the areas was the Ural Worker print shop
Despite the gloom and mystique of some installations, visitors found something to smile about in the avant-garde creations

Tatyana Andreeva

Despite the gloom and mystique of some installations, visitors found something to smile about in the avant-garde creations
According to the organizers, one of the tasks was to place Yekaterinburg on the global map. Experts predict that the Biennale will receive no fewer than 60,000 visitors.

Tatyana Andreeva

According to the organizers, one of the tasks was to place Yekaterinburg on the global map. Experts predict that the Biennale will receive no fewer than 60,000 visitors.

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