Damir Muratov "Art Of Ghosts"

Damir Muratov. Whose Shoes? 2017. Acrylic on canvas. 40 x 50 cm
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19 October, 2017 to 10 December, 2017

Today the Soviet era remained deeply in the past for many people, bringing to minds a variety of associations. Omsk artist Damir Muratov referred to the positive side of this memory in his new project "Art Of Ghosts". An ice cream which costed 7 kopeykas, playgrounds with a bunch of creative amusement rides, soda machines, pioneer summer camps – all this became a "brand" of Soviet life. Using familiar images, Muratov created a small area of "alternative reality" in the gallery space by available tools. Here you could see Soviet toys, bottles of Cologne and cigarette packs, children's books and even the interior of a living room with a wardrobe where a lover could hidden. However, interpretation of these objects contained humorous and sometimes even sarcastic essence, used by the artist. With his revision the slogan "All Power to the Soviets" became almost vibrant and cosy, just adding a continuation "and Love". Muratov «played» with every artwork in this way, making them mythological and giving a new meaning and sense, created the "parallel Soviet world" which we remembered with only warm feelings.

The exhibition takes place within the parallel program of the 7th Moscow International Biennale of contemporary art.