27.12.2014 – 18.01.2015
Central Exhibition Hall “Manege”, Moscow
In December 2013, MEA Manege, Triumph Gallery and the Center of Culture and Art MediaArtLab presented a new project called Great Expectations in support of contemporary art. Over the past year at CEH "Manege" every month solo exhibitions by young Russian media artists have been presented. Thirteen artists took part in the project, and for them it was a unique opportunity to present a solo show to a wide audience and at the same time to retain the freedom of artistic experimentation. The final exhibition will present a new generation of young artists, who work with new media — video, photography, installations. Their names may well be significant in the future. At the final exhibition of the Great Expectations project, the artists will be presenting new works. Olga Shishko, the project curator, the Manege’s deputy general director for innovations in contemporary art: "The presentation of video works by young artists at a central venue in Moscow is a major event for art. Video art today is primarily a new language, a means of perceiving the world, with the help of which it is possible to ‘palpate’ the world around us, to see that which is beyond the reach of our eyes, and transform the reality to suit our tastes. The young artists we have presented within the framework of the Great Expectations project are all exploring various aspects of viewers’ perceptions. They work with the theme of the mockumentary, creating visual mystification, experimenting with the tactile nature of video language, creating a new narrative in the quest for an ‘intelligent image’ drawing the viewer’s attention to the transformation of our linear perception into a spatial one." Dmitry Khankin, co-owner of Triumph Gallery says: "Triumph Gallery supports the coming generation of Russian video artists for two reasons: firstly, because we believe in these people, we believe that what they have to say is significant. Secondly, because we believe in video as a medium of the here and now, a medium which isn’t in competition with traditional media, but that is capable of meeting the demands made on art by the present day. Young artists have taken part in group exhibitions and festivals, but there has been no specialized institutional venue that would serve as the next step in the development of their careers. Within the framework of Great Expectations, video artists are given the opportunity to present personal projects in one of the central exhibition spaces. This series of exhibitions takes in everyone for whom we really do have great expectations, and those expectations are gradually proving to be justified".