Triumph Gallery presents a group exhibition of contemporary Russian and foreign artists inspired by the theme of hauntology. The exhibition will include painting, photography, installations, sculptures, and video.
The term "hauntology" was first coined by the French philosopher Jacques Derrida in his work Specters of Marx (1993) to describe a particular type of communism in modern society. When developing his theory of hauntology, Derrida describes the being of a ghost as an entity that is neither dead nor alive. In other words, hauntology is a term that defines a ghost that, at the same time, does and does not exist. A ghost is a trace from the past that lives in the present.
Thankfully, due to such modern English thinkers and music critics as Mark Fisher and Simon Reynolds, the term "hauntology" began to be applied to modern music, art, and culture, in general: as having lost the prospect of the future as a possible shift in the social system and obsessed with melancholy over dated utopias.
Works presented at the exhibition are united by the desire to capture moments and entities that go beyond the boundaries of our everyday space-time continuum and knowledge.
These entities can take any form: from certain aliens in the works of Victoria Kosheleva to strange chimeras from Si Lo. The works of Alexandre Bavard and Alexey Taruts draw the viewer into a subtle game about the past, present, and future. When offering the viewer unknown artifacts of the past that give a new interpretation of seemingly well-known events, Alexey Taruts suggests a change within ourselves. At the same time, Bavard invites us to turn to the present and captures its prints, thus offering to reflect on how our civilization will be perceived by our descendants.
As media fills our society with the glut of information, global disasters, paranoia, and hysteria, they emerge into a single motley kaleidoscope. This is exactly what the works of Goran Chanter and Osian Jenaer that critique modern society, are dedicated to.
Within the frameworks of the exhibition, "Do you think we can change together", a video work of two young but already well-known British artists Goran Chanter and Isaac Lythgoe, will be shown for the very first time. In a film shot in six weeks in Morocco and London, the spectator observes the two protagonists, whose path lies through deserts and road networks. In it, both artists simultaneously take on roles of filmmakers, actors, masters of impersonation as well as voluntary members of the self-improvement cult. In their work, the two artists were inspired by personal growth training and the image of a motivational speaker. How does one live guided by motivational mantras? How to find motivation and purpose? Where to look?
The lack of the expected breakthrough in technical progress, nostalgia for the "good old" times, a retrospective view of contemporary art and culture, force us to feel a deep feeling of despair. And although the reality did not meet with the expectations, we continue to fantasize and hope. Precisely in this territory of fantasy, hauntology develops its ""onging for the future that never came".