CITY IN MOTION
September 1-30, 2016
The still anthropomorphic structure of the city – roads, intersections, architecture – comes alive, gets filled with the energy of modern art. The immediate live action of the artist happening here and now, their interaction with the reality around them, with the citizens, sets the whole urban landscape into motion.
In 2016, the annual International Festival ARTBAT FEST decided to experiment and reformatted its structure. The festival public art program included a series of Kazakhstan and foreign performances and happenings held in the city space.
Botanic Garden is the area that has continuous symbiotic relationships with the city; that is what inspired artists to explore this process. In the area different forms of symbiosis are visible both in biological and social dimensions.
SOLO EXHIBITION OF VLADIMIR POTAPOV
Vladimir Potapov's works, though painting, but rather exist in the space of sculpture-they talk with the past, not only with our common, but also with the world history of art.
This educational program had been designed for young people aged 18-35 who have little experience in art, and, perhaps, are not yet formed as independent artists. The summer program, consisting of a series of lectures by leading contemporary artists, and workshops on the implementation of the students' projects, was completed with the Exhibition of Young Artists as part of the ARTBAT FEST 7 Festival.
The final product of three-month sessions is going to be an exhibition of Young Artists, which will be held at the Tram depot in Almaty. The place was chosen for a reason. One could trace the peculiar connection between Railway Station, where the last year’s opening of the Festival was held, and Tram Depot. The metaphor of movement/relocation perfectly suits artistic practices. In addition, it is no secret that Almaty is in desperate need for exhibition spaces; therefore we constantly search for unconventional ways and places.
ARTBAT FEST 7 Team:
Festival director – Olga Veselova
The Chairman of the NGO "Eurasian Cultural Alliance"– Igor Sludskiy
Art-director – Vladislav Sludskiy
Festival coordinator – Anna Assonova
Production – Anna Assonova
Installation of exhibitions – Victor Vorobyev, Roman Zakharov
Technical support – Svetlana Vanina
Photo – Theo Frost, Anna Assonova, Yuliya Sorokina, Yana Malinovskaya
Video – Ivan Bessedin, Artem Popov
Catalogue design – Olzhas Isenov
Volunteers – Nikita Lankin, Danill Li, Neilya Golovkova