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Saodat Ismailova. Double horizon

Group exhibition with the work of Deimantas Narkevičius
Le Frenoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Tourcoing
February 10 - April 30, 2023

Saodat Ismailova’s visual and sound research penetrates shreds of history, stolen social realities. Her works question a divided memory where ancestral beliefs and the imprint of Russian and then Soviet domination are superimposed. The severity of the female condition, the decline of natural resources, the persistent enigma of the living, magical practices and the desire for the absolute, are all threads in his luminous filmic writing, cradled by ancestral knowledge, often invisible, which is still passed on from one generation to another.

From an ensemble of the artist’s most iimportant works, the exhibition branches out into various artistic encounters that accompany Saodat Ismailova’s thinking, bringing together major works by Chingiz Aidarov, Vyacheslav Akhunov, Andrius Arutiunian, Maja Bajevic, Joseph Beuys, Mona Hatoum, Babur Ismailov, Gulnara Kasmalieva, Rustam Khalfin, Sergey Maslov, Henri Michaux, Deimantas Narkevicius, Sara Ouhaddou, Zineb Sedira, Fiona Tan, Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev. Some of them are seen for the first time in Europe.

Curated by Marcella Lista.

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