The circle of times and a crack in the sky

Art project
Volgograd / Mal. Derbety / Elista
25 - 29 05.2022
Project is in progress
Velimir Khlebnikov
The circle of times and a crack in the sky
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About this project

Оbjectives:

A three-day art expedition to the homeland of Velimir and Vera Khlebnikov and an open-air practice in several locations (Volgograd region and Republic of Kalmykia).

Russian poet and novelist Velimir Khlebnikov (real name – Viktor) is one of the greatest figures of the Russian avant—garde. He was one of the founders of Russian futurism, a reformer of poetic language, an experimenter in the field of word-making, “chairman of the globe”. The highest assessment of Khlebnikov was given by Roman Yakobson, who knew him personally: “He was, in short, the greatest poet of the current twentieth century…”

The poet’s sister, the famous artist Vera Khlebnikova, studied painting in Kiev, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Paris and the Florentine Academy of Arts in Italy.

Khlebnikov wrote about the place of his birth: “I was born in the camp of Mongolian nomads who believe in Buddha… in the steppe — the dried-up bottom of the disappearing Caspian Sea.”

That’s where we’re going.

We will rapidly move from the city of Volgograd to an extremely deurbanized space (the steppe only, there are a lot of forms, colors and color nuances, but they are not self-evident for anybody who living among the city walls – both external and internal). By immersing in the context of the Khlebnikov theme, we will fill an unusual for artists emptiness with a mass of meanings that will require them to visualize non-obvious things. All this is a bit of an unusual experiment.

We are very pleased that artists from different cities (St. Petersburg, Moscow, Volgograd) and art historians of the Saratov Radishchev Museum will take part in our expedition.

Our plans include several consecutive plein-air locations in the south of the Volgograd region, in Small Derbets, Arshan-Zelmen, Elista and the surrounding area, a meeting with the author of the monument to Khlebnikov Stepan Kimovich Botiev, meetings with our colleagues and a with lot of interesting people.

UPD. The first stage of the project is completed

The press conference in Elista took place on May 26, 2022 at RIA Kalmykia, the preliminary results of our creative expedition were presented on May 28, 2022 at special event in the creative business space LOFT1890 (Volgograd).

We will inform you about the next stages of the project and dates / locations of events.

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Project participants

Stanislav Azarov
Stanislav Azarov
Alexei Shulyakov
Alexei Shulyakov
Alexei Shulyakov
Alexei Shulyakov
Nikolay Fomin
Nikolay Fomin
Natalya Tarakanova
Natalya Tarakanova
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Project curators

Victoria Kharitonova
Victoria Kharitonova
Ludmila Moshuldaeva
Ludmila Moshuldaeva
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Project partners