The 8th Vladivostok Biennale of Visual Arts

The 8th Vladivostok Biennale of Visual Arts will take place on August 21 — September 1, 2013 with the support of Vladivostok city administration. Within the Biennale numerous exhibitions, workshops and performances by Russian and foreign artists will be held. Themes of special project among others will include “fashion” and “environmental concerns”. Every artist will have a chance to participate in the 8th Vladivostok Biennale by submitting their creative proposals for consideration.

Areas of focus of the Biennale include, but are not limited by:

  • Pictorial arts – painting, graphics, photography
  • New Media – light and sound installations, 3-D mapping, video art
  • Theater
  • Street art – graffiti, murals, aerography, installation, performance
  • Also, within the Biennale Kite festival and modern dance festival will be held!

“This year, for the Biennale we are setting a goal to reach a wider audience, to go beyond the usual exhibition halls. We will bring some elements of “low brow” culture to the event, without compromising more traditional art. In this regard, particular attention will be paid to areas such as new media art and street art" – Elena Schegoleva, chair of the Organizing Committee for the 8th Vladivostok Biennale of visual arts

To apply one should send their creative proposal at info@biennale.me. The proposal should contain the following: authors of the project, contacts, project description with photographs and/or sketches, technical requirements for the exposition. Proposals will be accepted until June, 10th and considered until July, 1st.

In case of acceptance of the proposal, the organizers take on expenses for transportation of the art objects and materials; provide necessary technical equipment for the exposition. Participants not from Vladivostok (no more than 7 for each project) will also be provided with accommodation and meals during their stay for the Biennale.

Biennale 2011: 7.biennale.me

Projects

Exhibition "The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake - a reflection of the tragedy in the art of embroidery"

Author: Hiroko Amano
The exhibition of embroidery is based on newspaper articles related to the accident due to the earthquake that struck Japan on March 11, 2011. Hiroko’s embroidery work expresses sadness and anger of people affected by the natural disasters: earthquakes, tsunamis, radiation accident at the "Fukushima-1" nuclear power plant. Works-embroideries are made from newspaper reportage photographs, articles, manuscripts and poems sent by readers. In the difficult time after the earthquake it was very important for the author to do embroidery. This time-consuming work helped Hiroko to calm down her anxiety and express sympathy to the troubles of compatriots.

Exhibition of photographs “I. Antisymbol. II. Faster"

Author: Guillaume Guérin
The last few years, having lost faith in the objectivity of Symbols, the photographer works with the theme of abstraction, which he calls "Antisymbol." Abstract works by Guillaume serve as protection against automated understanding of what is seen: examination of each work begins, in the first place, with a question "What do I see?" and, as a consequence, "Where am I in respect to what I’ve seen?" - a primitive reflex that has atrophied in modern humans because of the cult of "instant photography".

The exhibition by Guillaume Guérin is supported by the "Alliance Francaise - Vladivostok", the French Embassy in the Russian Federation and Insitut Francais.

Graffiti

Author:Yuma Yoshimura
His works reflect the color, pursued and extracted from the hustle and bustle, which is particular in the big city he grow up and primitive shapes, found while traveling. He’s also trying to find the reality in chaos by painting.

Exhibition of paintings and drawings "From Asia"

Travel notes have long been one of the most curious ways of fixing impressions. This is an opportunity to reflect the world caught with a fresh glance. Akin to travel notes are impressions of artists who see the world in pictures. Traditionally, artists from Primorye travel to Asia, the areas where Vladivostok itself exists. Travels lie down on the canvas or paper as landscape sketches, and later - in the studio – they grow into a picture, where the plot, prompted by life, transforms onto an artistic canvas. Japan, Korea, China and Tibet - these and other areas were the geographic points of routes of Primorye artists.

Among the participants are Evgeny Makeev, Maria Kholmogorova, Irina Miklushevskaya, Lidia Kozmina, Oleg Podskochin, Anna Schegoleva, Marina and Evgeny Pikhtovnikovs, Evgeny Tkachenko, Sergey Slepov, Ilia Butusov, Evgeny Osipov, Alexander Arsenenko, Vitaly Lakhansky and other artists of the Primorsky Territory.

Photography Exhibition "Asia objectively"

Impressions of the Chinese part of Tibet, one of the most controversial and attractive geographic areas of the world, are presented here. The center of traditional practices and modern notions about one of the most ancient religious theories, surprisingly harmonious in terms of the nature, Tibet has always attracted travelers. For artists Tibet disclosed the unusual light and color contrasts. Photography exhibition of four authors gives the opportunity to see nature, historical monuments and traditional rites of Tibet.

Exhibitors: Sergei Forostovsky (Krasnoyarsk), Victor Khmelik, Olga Zotova (Vladivostok), Xia Fuxiang (People’s Republic of China).

Street performance "I’m looking in your eyes and writing poetry"

Author: Yamamoto Ryoji
Street calligraphic performance, during which Yamamoto will impromptu write characters in Chinese ink that reflect the soul of a viewer. The street is a space filled with the magic of human energy, and something very interesting can happen here. The author calls: Let's go together to the unknown world from a familiar street!

3D-mapping show

Vladivostok is located on the sea shore, and this fact has formed its appearance and character of the people living on its territory. The sea is a multi-dimensional notion. This is a raging abyss of immense power and a quiet meditative space.

3D-mapping is a projection on a relief object, which creates the illusion of its transformation. The object can be any matter that reflects light and has a volume: the facade of a building or other architectural form, a piece of furniture, a car, etc.

"Presentation of dressing a 12-layer kimono for aristocrats"

The twelve-layer kimono ("junihitoe"- Jap.) is a ceremonial dress of Japanese aristocratic women in the medieval times (X century, Heian era). Twelve garments of fine silk are dressed on top of each other so that the collars, sleeves and skirts of bottom kimonos, peeking out from under the top, form harmonious color transitions, expressing thus the change of seasons, the rich nature of Japan and its culture. In Japan, it is believed that the richer a court lady, the more intense the color of her junihitoe. In addition, the weight of the silk garment can reach twenty-five kilos. The skill of dressing a kimono is called "Emon-do", which is literally translated as "the road of kimono". This solemn and magnificent show enjoys success in many countries around the world.

Graffiti project "Open street gallery "

Author: Art Group "33+1" (Vladivostok)
Within the space a gallery of public art, a series of small works of Vladivostok authors will be created. Each product is associated with the place where it is located. This will result in a finished project, which can become a full-fledged tourist route.

Video art project "Atrium fáciem"

Author: Katerina Belyaeva
Video art project, which is based on fast alternating faces of people with variable components: the mouth, eyes and lips. All of these parts of different human faces are cut out of magazines and combined in different sequences. As a result, never-existing faces come to life. No matter whose lips or what form of the nose has a character, we still see a whole and understand that this is the face. This project is a continuation of the well-known visual experiment created by Peter Thompson in 1980.

Exhibition "A thousand times fairer..."

Referencing the classic tale Snow White, the Queen, longing for a daughter, calls for an elemental formula of ebony, blood and snow that, bound together, form the basis of exquisiteness – foretelling the complicated expression and reception of what is considered beauty.

A thousand times fairer… considers our contemporary perception of beauty - its formal and surface qualities as well as its interior and social dimensions.

Participants: Ayano Hattori (Japan), Ina Jang (Korea) and Xing Danwen (China). Curated by Lisa Botos (Singapore).

Street performance “Flowers”

Author: LIQUID Theatre
A street performance “Flowers” is an attempt to compare an urban dweller with a living flower, and emotions raging inside him and so carefully hidden - with the change of seasons. The main characters of the play are the "People in gray office suits". "It is important for us to tell the story of how rarely people have an opportunity to show real, bright, sincere feelings, being compelled to wear their "gray suits" round the clock and of how they try in this situation to be "saved" by plunging into internal emigration, into a world of fantasy where everything is possible, but which over the time becomes less and less under the pressure of wonders of modern technologies,"- say artists of the LIQUID Theatre.

Such a representation, involving not only the actors but also the audience, filled with dancing, stage effects, machinery and opera arias by Handel, will be held in Vladivostok for the first time.

Beside participating in the Biennale within the framework of the Traektoriya Exchange Performance Programme held by the Kultproekt Creative Union supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, LIQUID THEATRE will also perform in the Zarya loft on September 3-4. Here, the theatre will present a performance about correlations using visual, physical and dance theatre techniques, on-line video and documentary material. The performance "While you are here” was created in 2012 after the participants spoke to Narcological Hospital patients within the framework of the Theatre + Society, a project of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

Group exhibition “Glitch in the system”

Works by 10 authors presented in the exhibition cover the topics of politics, identity, time, consumerism, human interaction. All the works were taken out of the original context and reconfigured in a mysterious visual line, reflecting a glitch in the system.

Participants: Chatchai Suban (Thailand), Morgan Wong (Hong Kong), Poklong Anading (Philippines), Christine NG (Hong Kong), Mien Yin (China), Marco De Mutiis (Hong Kong), Jaoa Vasco Pavia (Malaysia) and Ko Sing Tung ( Hong Kong)

Festival of modern dance

The competition between single dancers and teams in the most popular dance styles: breaking, hip-hop, popping, electric boogie. Referees of the battle of young dancers will be the multiple world and Asia champions in break dancing, the South Korean group “GamblerZCrew”, which will also demonstrate their skill.

Video art by Yi Zhou

"New shorelines". In a changing world, where all the arts are converging into one, blurring the edges of arts is the motto. Yi Zhou has conceived her latest 3d animation with her trademark touch of melange and imagination. This time, darkness is mixed with lightness. Tim Burton inspired moods are mixed with her own take on Walt Disney characters. Medieval castles can be found on a finger tip. Hands dropping heavy rain drops. Underworld Disney mermaids meet astrophysicians such as Stephen Hawking and his clones, babies, polar bears… This is a journey with free-style fantasy and association of images and emotion on the notes of music written by Bryan Ferry.

The animation "One of these days" is made in 2003-2004. It was a one year work to build an imaginary urbanscape (with a reminiscence of Shanghai thanks to a distorted version of the cc tower on the background) which was purely based on a dream/nightmare visions about a civil war. All the buildings were created in CG reproducing the same 3d imagery contained in Yi’s dream - the dream itself took place in a 3d environment.

“Labyrinth”, 3D animation. "Labyrinth" is about new apocalypse. All the war and peace imageries we've seen on the net, newspapers, Hollywood movies with a new filter. Every character is created on the computer from scratches. Every item has a distortion and variation filter such as gravity variation, speed variation which makes natural and daily elements look like different.

“Hear, Earth, Heart" 3D animation. The story unfolds out of a white box unveiling a changing landscape with surreal elements, visions, as well as changing moods creating changing feelings. A crescendo towards the darkness and flames till one gets lost among fragmented clouds, suns, mountains: abstract star dusts freeze at the very end.

“My Heart Laid Bare” Film & 3D animation. Her new video takes place in the Roman suburbs between the Port of Fiumicino and Ostia : the story is about the end of love. A surreal vision begins with a giant human heart, upon which a naked girl (interpreted by Charlotte Gainsbourg) straddles half-asleep.

“Paradise” 3D animation. “Paradise” depicts a fantastical paradise landscape that represents images of the imagination inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. Birds splice through the forest landscape and across a white sky. Tall alpine trees recall the forests of Aesop’s fables and German fairytales. White bubbles sensuously grow and float above a tropical flower. All is wild and alive, moving and living in harmony with its environment.

GRAFFITI

Author: Gaia
Immigration, segregation, the environment and the city problems are the main themes of Gaia’s wall painting. He refers to the portraits of famous people who have contributed to the development of cities. The artist constantly uses folkloric images of animals in his works. References to the nature, in his words, help him set up contact with the community, convey his thoughts and ideas.

PERFORMANCE "KINGDOM OF THE CROOKED"

Authors: Group "Picnic" (St. Petersburg)
Projection, visual, theatrical and music performance in the genre of a street theatre. In the fairy Kingdom of the Crooked, a talented but outwardly ugly concertmaster Amadeus is unresponsively in love with Princess Augustine. But her heart belongs to the Amorous Vampire. Desperate Amadeus decides to have recourse to the cunning Giant-puppet master, who transforms Augustine into a creature with a centaur’s body. Devoid of the human appearance, the Princess becomes wholly and completely in Amadeus’ power. What is going to happen to the beautiful Augustine? Is she bound to further stay obedient to each wave of the conductor’s stick?

Participants: music and words by: Edmund Shklyarskiy; visual effects: Marat Korchemny; actors: Igor Vasiliev, Oleg Semenov, Konstantin Petrov, Mysterious Augustine.

EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS BY EDMUND SHKLYARSKIY

“Cold winds are forcing to go inside, not letting finish a game on the side of the coalmine. Lights from the fireworks and floods are made so that curiosity would win fear. Uneven walls of a huge communal apartment are painted in all colors of a rainbow. Little black sphinxes guard the yard” This is not delirium of a budding surrealist, but the natural scenery of the town in the depth of the Mining Institute, where Edmund Shklyarsky grew up.

Edmund Shklyarskiy - the leader of the rock band “Piknik” was born on September 26, 1955 in Leningrad. Each of his paintings shows a world, which laws a man is learning by touch. Sometimes objects lose consciousness, changing their nature and becoming a creature that struggles to find his destiny and having found it turns to stone becoming a completely different object. Unknown creatures rule the world, in search of that single thread, which when pulled sways the axis of the universe.

"Silent regatta"

Authors: "Concrete Jungle"
The work in this genre will be made in Vladivostok for the first time: the three-dimensional image using wood. The author of the conceptual design is the artist of the design and production workshop "Concrete Jungle" Vadim Gerasimenko.

Chen Man: Soft Power at the Vladivostok Biennale of Visual Arts

Soft Power marks the first time Chen Man, one of China’s most celebrated, avant-garde photographic artists, exhibits her work in Russian. Chen Man’s unique, revolutionary vision was first showcased in groundbreaking covers produced for Vision magazine from 2003 to 2007. These iconic images seared the memories of a generation and firmly established her as a pioneer. They also led to her flourishing career as China’s most important fashion photographer.

Soft Power suggests both a complexity in Chen Man’s works as well as a paradox. In her layered images, Chen Man employs a wide range of strategies and contemporary national symbols to represent her interest in nature and her connection to her Chinese heritage. In the series Cotton, she plays with scale, disrupting the natural relationship between landscape and the human form; and in Taikonnaut, China’s nationally celebrated achievement in space is inventively expressed in this early work. The exhibition title also bespeaks Chen Man’s position as an artist.

Chen Man’s provocative interpretations of feminine beauty and power have made her the photographer of choice for virtually all of China’s leading magazines. Her work has appeared frequently in Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and ID among numerous other Chinese and international media, demonstrating that Chen Man’s images are defining the new face of modern China.

Events

Master class photographer and director Guillaume Guérin

The history of images and photographs from the first reprographics (copy of a plot) and rock art to photography, passing through miniature, paintings on canvas, the appearance of perspective and development of technology that allowed making a first camera. Guillaume will stop at creating a movie to see the difference between a static (photo) and a "live" picture (video playback). Participants will learn what equipment to use for different types of photography, focal length, film sensitivity, exposure time (shutter speed), which variations of plots are possible, how to "catch" the moment for a good frame. Then the group, together with the lecturer, will go in search of a plot for shooting, and on return participants will be able to discuss the resulting images.

Round table with street artists

The following local and foreign street artists participate in the round table: Gaia (the USA), Yuma Yoshimura (Japan), Art Group "33+1" (Vladivostok), Art Group "Concrete Jungle" (Vladivostok).

The topic of the meeting is "Vladivostok Street Art in the Context of Global Trends. Development Strategy. Interim Results". The moderator is Pavel Shugurov, the head of the Urban Environment, Architecture and Building Development Design Department of the Vladivostok Government.

Lecture by Yi Zhou

Topic: "All arts are related to each other". Video artist Yi Zhou will tell about her works in which she uses the whole range of visual and audio perception means provided by new technology art. Her works are a sophisticated synthesis of imagination, literature, mythology, philosophy and new technologies infused with the Chinese and Mediterranean culture. Mixing such old expressive methods as marble cast and movies on 35-mm film with such advanced technologies as 3D animation, Yi Zhou presents an interpretation of life beyond time and space modified to make them actually ironic.

Yi Zhou is asking everybody who is going to visit her lecture to bring a "historical" piece of clothing which can be given away with no regret. Yi Zhou will use some Vladivostok dwellers' clothes to create a new work of art.

Lecture by curator Lisa Botos "SPRING: the rise of Hong Kong + Singapore art scenes"

In the course of the lecture, Lisa Botos will tell about Hong Kong and Singapore art environment, about her experience of working as curator of various projects in these cities and in gallery business. She will also answer people's questions.

Round table "Art in City, Art for City"

It is an event in which the following local and foreign street artists will participate: Guillaume Guérin, Lisa Botos, Ayano Hattori, etc. The round table is dedicated to modern megalopolis art, art forms, ways of art environment formation and its adaptability for real life. Moderator: Olga Zotova, Ph.D. in History of Arts

“Theatre for Children”

A parade of dolls and fairy-tale characters, a magician accompanied by the orchestra, a flash mob accompanied by a children's song, launching balls into the sky. Productions of theatrical creative teams:

Primorsky Regional Puppet Theatre (Vladivostok), play "Little Red Riding Hood"
Theatre Studio "Etude", presentation "Boldly Buzzing Fly"
Municipal Puppet Theatre (Nakhodka), production "Kolobok"
Circus school "Sparkle" (Ussuriysk)
Theater "Cappuccino Mannequin" (Bolshoi Kamen)
League of Magicians (Dalnegorsk)
Primorsky Regional Drama Youth Theatre (Vladivostok), production "Fun for a laugh".

Master class of group "GamblerZ Crew»

Master class from the Korean world champions in break dance. Gamblerz formerly known as Gambler, is a South Korean b-boy crew formed in 2002. They are best known for winning first place at Battle of the Year 2004 & 2009, the R-16 Korea Sparkling in 2008, and CYON Bboy Championships 2010 along with many other major competitions across the world.

Schedule

Participants

  • Guillaume Guérin

    Guillaume Guérin (1976) is a photographer and director of French origin, currently lives and works in Berlin. He combined two directions in art - photography and cinema - in his work because of their adjacency, of the fact that they are connected with the "picture", static or live. The static images, his photographs are nothing else but icons of video experiments of the artist, abstractions captured in reality.

  • Yuma Yoshimura a.k.a. YUMANIZUMU

    Born in Tokyo in 1980. Yuma Yoshimura received his BFA in printmaking from Tama Art University in 2004. After made a career as a shoes painter, he shifted his working field to drawings. After solo exhibition in Germany in 2011, he was invited to South Africa as an artist in residence and participated in mural project for the first time as an Japanese artist, in Soweto, a city developed as a township for black people under the apartheid system. Then he had solo exhibition “YIN AND YANG is IN TO YOU” in Capetown, gaining big attention of the public with admiration.

  • Yamamoto Ryoji

    Born in Nara Prefecture in 1987. Yamamoto Ryoji is a street artist in calligraphy, also known as KODAMAYA, which means an emotional poet. Typically, he draws in Chinese ink on the street (sometimes using paper upto 5x2m in size) with music for company and complementing the work with verses right out of his head. In poetry and calligraphy Yamamoto tried to reflect the state of mind of each human walking down the street. He elaborated his own unique style, although he had not had any experience in calligraphy and composing verses before. According to him, he enjoys the work, he is touched with people’s smiles and tears of joy. Enjoying his life, sharing the courage and hope with others, the author travels the streets in search of himself. For Yamamoto, participation in the Vladivostok Biennale is the first experience of demonstration of his talent abroad.

  • Chen Man

    Chen Man’s unique, revolutionary vision was first showcased in groundbreaking covers produced for Vision magazine from 2003 to 2007. These iconic images seared the memories of a generation and firmly established her as a pioneer. They also led to her flourishing career as China’s most important fashion photographer.

    A graduate of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, Chen Man is in high demand by leading fashion, luxury and beauty brands such as Celine, Versace, Adidas, Chanel, MAC, Joyce and Mercedes. Her photographic works are exhibited internationally in Europe, the US and Asia. In 2008, she participated in the prestigious Victoria & Albert Museum’s exhibition “China Design Now’ in which one of her photographs, ‘Astronaut’, was selected as the official image for the exhibition, which is still travelling internationally.

    Not surprisingly, Chen Man’s provocative interpretation of feminine beauty and power has generated high demand for her creativity and vision by all of China’s leading magazines. Her work has appeared frequently in ID, Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar, among numerous other Chinese and international media, demonstrating time and again that Chen Man’s images are defining the new face of modern China.

  • Katerina Belyaeva

    Graphic designer, fine art expert. Since 2010 she is engaged in video art projects and the organization of events and exhibitions. At the moment, one of the participants of the art office "Doublehills".
    Exhibitions:
    1. Installation Black box, Gallery "Arka" (Vladivostok), 2010
    2. "Art Session", video art (Kaliningrad), 2010-2012
    3. "The fifth day of November," video art (Vladivostok), 2012
    4. "White box", installation, the territory of factory "Zarya", 2013

  • Ms.Reiko Shoji

    Rector of one of the branches of the Institute Kokusaibunka Technical College of Hairdesign, head of the department of Tokyo School "Takakura" for "Emon-do". She is actively engaged in the popularization of Japanese culture, carries out the show for dressing kimono in Japan and other countries.

  • Olga Zotova

    Curator of the group exhibition of Primorye artists "From Asia", сurator and co-author of the photo exhibition "Asia objectively". Candidate of Arts, Assistant Professor of journalism and publishing business of the School of Humanities, the Far Eastern Federal University, the organizer and curator of art exhibitions in the "Arka" Gallery, the halls of the Primorye Union of Artists of Russia, FEFU Science Museum, Primorye State Museum named after V.K. Arseniev. Curator of the action by the Far Eastern branch of the "Russian world" fund - the "Picture of the Russian World".

  • Arianna Gellini

    Curator of the group video art exhibition "System Failure". She graduated from Ca'Foscari University in Venice, received the master's degree at Sotheby's Institute of Arts in Singapore. With her experience in the leading galleries of Hong Kong Osage Gallery and Para/site, from November 2012 she is the Executive Director of the gallery of modern Chinese painting “Exit” in Hong Kong. She regularly supervises exhibitions of both beginners and recognized masters of contemporary art in Asia.
    www.galleryexit.com

  • Art group “Concrete Jungle”

    The team of street artists from Vladivostok “Concrete Jungle” consisting of Vadim Gerasimenko and Felix Mashkov.Art group “Concrete Jungle” is engaged in the creation of monumental paintings, objects of art, design and production of small architectural forms and interiors. They work at the intersection of art, design and architecture.

    Works by “Concrete Jungle” can be found in different parts of Vladivostok: they painted the wall of the house number 8 in Lazo Street, a retaining wall at Zarya, the house 72 in Svetlanskaya Street. The guys also painted a wall in New York within the frame of participation in the international exchange of ideas and perspectives CEC ArtsLink's Global Art Lab.

  • Xing Danwen

    Based in Beijing, Xing Danwen is one of the few internationally recognised female Chinese contemporary artists. In the 1980s, Xing Danwen completed a four-year professional study in painting at the Xi’an Academy of Fine Art’s affiliated primary art school. In 1989, Xing Danwen continued her postgraduate study at the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing where she completed her BFA in Painting in 1992. During her early Beijing days, Xing Danwen was serendipitously introduced to photography and was immediately drawn to the medium. Through her camera, she observed and questioned Chinese society, humanity, female identity and the generation born in the 1960s.

    In addition to photography, the scope of Xing Danwen’s current artistic practice includes mixed media, video and multi-media installations. Xing Danwen regularly exhibits both internationally and in China. In addition, her works are widely collected and included in major museum and private collections. The Whitney Museum of American Art, Centre George Pompidou and the International Center of Photography have all exhibited and collected works.

    Xing Danwen’s rich and varied artistic practice touches upon issues such as socio-cultural dislocation, tensions between globalization and traditional forces, environmental disasters created by uncontrolled development and the disconnect between desire and reality which typically suffuses urban life. Fiction, truth and illusion play an important role in her works.
    www.danwen.com

  • Hiroko Amano

    Ms. Hiroko Amano is an embroidery artist. She was born in the Mie Prefecture in 1940. In 1963, she completed a course on the science of life at the Showa Women's University, worked in the same university as an assistant, then as a lecturer. Associate professor, professor. She retired from service in 2009. Now she is Professor Emeritus of Showa Women's University, Director of laboratory for the protection of life and family and culture.

    In 1975, while working at the University, she began practicing embroidery. She organized personal exhibitions in various cities of the country12 times. She took part in the Sixth Vladivostok Biennale of Visual Arts in 2009.

  • Ayano Hattori

    Ayano Hattori graduated with a BFA Painting at Musashino Art University, Tokyo in 2009, and a MAFA at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore in 2012. With video assuming a central role in her work, she addresses authentic experience in mediated actions and post-performance documentation manipulation. She examinesthe subconscious act of looking in the context of human desire and urban environments through video installation, and immerses viewers in participational observation, making them complicit in their desire to look. “Intimate Strangers”was exhibited in many galleries including El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe in 2012 and at her most resent solo exhibition, “Ayano Hattori: Intimate Strangers”, at Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore in 2013, and was selected for The Top 108 Artists of Art Takes Miami in 2011.She has also participated performance art festivals and group exhibitions in Japan, Singapore, Philippines, Myanmar and Taiwan. She lives and works in Hong Kong.
    www.ayanohattori.com

  • Ina Jang

    Ina Jang was born in Seoul, South Korea. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York with a BFA in Photography in 2010. In 2012, she received her MPS from the School of Visual Arts’ Fashion Photography graduate program. Her works have been exhibited internationally in numerous galleries and festivals, including the Empty Quarter (Dubai), New York Photo Festival, Tokyo Photo 2011, Unseen 2012 (Amsterdam) and Galerie Steph (Singapore).

    In 2013, Isetan (Tokyo) presented Ina as one of the up and coming ‘to-watch’ artists working in fashion- highlighting her distinctive and unique practice. Most recently, Ina was invited by the legendary magazine Camera to talk about her work and inspiration. In an extensive conversation with Jonas Cuénin, Cuénin located Ina’s work “somewhere between fashion and fine art, at the junction of photography, drawing, graphic design and sculpture”.
    www.inaphotography.com

  • Group «GamblerZ Crew»

    Gamblerz, formerly known as Gambler, is a South Korean b-boy crew formed in 2002. They are best known for winning first place at Battle of the Year 2004 & 2009, the R-16 Korea Sparkling in 2008, and CYON Bboy Championships 2010 along with many other major competitions across the world. Many of their b-boys have competed in individual tournaments as well, such as Red Bull BC One.

  • Alexander Boiko

    Alexander Boiko, a professional manager in monumental art. He is the head of the "Center of monumental art and urban design" (Vladivostok). During his professional career Alexander oversaw and supervised projects for creation of monumental paintings and installation of sculptures. He has created more than 8,000 sq.m. of monumental paintings, about 40 relief panels, designed and installed two sculptures ("Far-sailing Mariner" in the Okeansky Prospeсt in Vladivostok and a monument in the settlement of Trudovoe). With the participation of Alexander Boiko the "Coloristic plan of Vladivostok Urban District" was designed. In 2012, he lectured and shared his work experience in the field of monumental art in Moscow and Togliatti.

  • LIQUID THEATRE

    The LIQUID Theatre - is a fluid, liquid, flowing from one space to another, perhaps the only in the country theatre that works in the genre of site-specific. The theatre performances grow out of the territory in which the players are here and now, whether it is a factory, park, courtyard of an apartment building, train station or the stairs of the theatre. For a new production the actors only need a boost, a theme, a spring, which pushes them apart. Once in different points of one space, they start to work, perfecting all their skills - dance, acrobatics, drama.

  • Evgeny Tkhorzhevsky and Daria Tkhorzhevskaya Members of art-group “33+1”. They work in the style of monumental calligraphy. In the frame of project “Open street gallery” they will paint two walls in one archway. Their work will be devoted to the hidden sense of the Russian language.
  • Sergey Forostovskiy Participant of the exhibition "Asia: objectively". Born in 1966. Graduated from the Far Eastern Institute of Arts (1987-1993). From 1998, he is a member of the Union of Artists of Russia. Resident of Krasnoyarsk.
  • EDMUND SHKLYARSKIY The leader of the group "Picnic," born on September 26, 1955 in Leningrad. Each of his paintings plunges into the world where next to you is a man learning by touch the laws of the world around him. The pictures show quite different things. Everything depends both of the location of the stars in the sky and the objects scattered around the room, including the fate of a person who resides in this area. Sometimes objects lose consciousness, changing the nature and become a Creature that is struggling to find its destiny, and, upon finding it, hardens and becomes a different object already. Unknown creatures rule the world, in search of that single thread, pulling which sways axis of the universe. This is the essence of the cycle of things, when everyone is trying to find the only correct formula for his reincarnation.
  • Gaia

    A street artist from New York. He creates posters by the linocut method and also draws his characters with a brush. The street artist and urban rebel Gaia does not hide the fact that he was born and grew up in an expensive and prestigious district of New York. "Gaia" is the name of the Greek goddess of the Earth, which the artist associates with a sense of apocalyptic fear moved by the people. His work rendered in urban landscapes, its political and social position are aimed at bringing people together throughout the world. Gaia’s wall painting can be found in the cities such as Buenos Aires, Seoul, London, Amsterdam, etc. Currently, the artist lives and works in New York and Baltimore, where his solo exhibitions are held.

  • Lisa Botos

    Lisa Botos is founder of Botos., an arts-related, project-orientated agency with a focus on independent and collaborative curatorial projects, art-related publishing and consulting. Along with curating exhibitions and producing catalogues and monographs, she also develops and manages art projects in Singapore (where she currently resides), Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. In 2008, she co-founded Ooi Botos, a Hong Kong-based art gallery. In her role as gallerist-curator, Lisa has worked with both established and emerging artists. An advisor to the WYNG Foundation (Hong Kong), she counsels on the development and management of the WYNG Masters Award, an international photography award. As the former Picture Editor of TIME magazine (Asia), Lisa and her team were recognized with numerous international awards.

    Lisa holds a Master of Arts in International Communications with a concentration in Visual Communications. She works between Singapore and Hong Kong. www.botos.co, www.ooibotos.com

  • Anna Marinchenko (Exceela)

    Producer of D-Motion Dance Center (former Unidance). The founder and organizer of the largest dancing project in Far East Russia - Dance Plane, which for the past five years, takes place in the form of competitions (battles) in the most important contemporary dance styles: breaking, hip-hop, popping, electric boogie, vogue, house, etc. Co-organizer of dancing competition "Fight of Titans". She participates in the organization of dance competitions in the city and regional events: Festival of Alternative Culture and Sports "POSITIVE", Festival "Sport around", Youth Day, the Day of tiger, Regional festival of youth culture "MAX" and others.

    She contributes to the development of dance culture in Vladivostok organizing master classes and performances of famous Russian and foreign dancers and choreographers.

  • Yi Zhou

    Yi Zhou is a young Chinese artist who has lived in Rome since the age of nine. She studied between London and Paris and earned degrees in Political Science and Economics. Yi Zhou is a polyglot artist who uses styles she has inherited from both her Chinese heritage and European upbringing to create works that support an East/West collaboration. She has just celebrated her 10-year career that has included works shown at Shanghai Biennale, Venice Biennale, Sundance Film Festival and , Cannes Film Festival.

    Yi Zhou creates large multimedia installation artworks that blend film, digital animation, photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, and contemporary music composition. Her works explore the realm of hyper-realism and neo-realism: on the one hand, she derives visual and tangible forms from the imagination and dreams, while on the other hand, she gives a surreal aspect to nature itself.

    Her work is a complex synthesis of imagination, literature, mythology, philosophy and new technology and is impregnated with Chinese and Mediterranean culture. Her works introduce the disturbing magic of both virtual and supernatural characters and landscapes as well as the ephemeral reality of life, love, and death while using the symbolic language of the unconscious.
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  • Artyom Zdor and Aleksei Novikov Graffiti project "Open street gallery ". These artists work on the verge of street art and the art gallery painting. Their paintings always contain elements and images linked to Vladivostok.
  • Xia Fuxiang Born in 1962. Member of the Standing Committee of the People’s Political Consultative Conference of Heilongjiang Province. Chairman of the board of Harbin Group of photo equipment companies Huifeng. Resident of Harbin.
  • Group "OA" - P. Popovkin, A. Solyannik. Graffiti project "Open street gallery ". Yer works can be found on the roofs of houses, in arches, on retaining walls. Now the artist paint in a new style, distinct for a lot of colors and images of many characters.
  • Pavel Popovkin Graffiti project "Open street gallery ". His works can be found on the roofs of houses, in arches, on retaining walls. Now the artist paint in a new style, distinct for a lot of colors and images of many characters.
  • Georgy Kosenko He paints in the style of conceptual primitivism; his works always contain smart but simple inscriptions.
  • Kirill Kryuchkov Muralist. Complex abstract compositions with the addition of mosaic tiles are a distinctive feature of his works. Three retaining walls in Vladivostok are painted with pictures by Kirill Kryuchkov.
  • Viktor Khmelik Born in 1959 in Vladivostok. In 1985 graduated from Vladivostok College of Arts. He works in photography, drawing and design. He lectures at the Far Eastern Federal University.
  • Anton Botnar In his works, he sticks to the theme of nature. He is characterized by the products on the verge of graffiti, design and monumental painting.
  • "Picnic"

    A well-known Soviet and Russian rock group. Its first album was released in 1982. Edmund Shklyarskiy is the leader and ideologist. Music of the group, with the roots in Russian rock, has been progressing into an original, unusual style using symphonic, keyboard and exotic folk instruments.

    At the 8th biennale "Picnic" will present projection, visual, theatrical and music performance. Taking traditions of street theatres of the medieval Italy as the basis, "Picnic" creates new and unusual show. The performance will use the group’s concert decorations and 3D video projection, which will transform the usual brick wall into an interactive screen. All the performance goes to the music by "Picnic" and the texts specially written by Edmund Shklyarskiy.

Gallery

Venues

Primorsky Regional Drama Theatre of Youth

Established in June 1946. For 60 years the theater put on the stage more than 300 performances, it has a well-staffed troupe and provides an excellent platform for Performing Arts of all genres and sсhools.

Address: Svetlanskaya st., 15, Vladivostok city
Tel.: +7 (423) 226-48-89, 222-52-16, 241-18-78

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Gallery "Arka"

Contemporary art gallery "ARKA" was founded in 1995. The ARKA Gallery has an exhibition hall located in the center of Vladivostok, where exhibitions of Russian and foreign artists are held. The Gallery comprises one very large room and one smaller exhibition space, thus permitting us to feature two exhibitions simultaneously.

5 Svetlanskaya St., Vladivostok,
Tel: +7 (423) 2410526

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The House of Fleet Officers

The House of Fleet Officers — is a center of culture and patriotic education, not only for the sailors of the Pacific Fleet, but for all citizens of Vladivostok.

Address: Svetlanskaya st. 48, Vladivostok city
Tel.: +7 (423) 222-97-64

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Garden square of sister cities

The garden square of sister cities is located at the intersection of Semyonovskaya and Pogranichnaya streets. Stylized arches have been built here - each arch is dedicated to one of the foreign towns - sister cities of Vladivostok (Niigata, Manta, Dalian, San Diego and others). The brick wall in the minipark will be a "patchwork quilt" consisting of drawings by visiting art stars.

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Cesarevitch Quay

The Cesarevitch Quay, located on the northern shore of the Golden Horn Bay, is a single architectural ensemble with a walking area, ample parking place and a playground for children. The Quay is named in honor of Nicholas II, who, as crown prince, visited Vladivostok in May 1891.

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Academy of photography

Branch of the largest network of photography schools in Russia. It is located in the historic centre of the city.

Address: Office 5, 23 Svetlanskaya St., Centre, Vladivostok
Phone: 7 (423) 226-77-40, 265-67-40

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Primorsky Regional Center of Folk Culture

The state autonomous institution whose main purpose is the preservation and development of folk art in Primorsky region.

Address: 25 Pushkinskaya St., Vladivostok (next to the Pushkin Theatre)
Phone: 7 (423) 226-56-46, 226-10-78.

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15, Sibirtseva St.

The retaining wall at the road

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The yard in 61, 63 Svetlanskaya Street

Bus stop "Lazo", next to the Golden Bridge pillars.

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“Picnic” without musicians: the unusual street performance in Vladivostok (interview)

On August 31 and September 1 within the framework of the 8th Vladivostok Biennale of Visual Arts an unusual performance of group "Picnic" will be held. Instead of the usual musical concert artists will produce on the Cesarevitch Quay a street performance "Kingdom of the Crooked", a theatrical light and music performance in the tradition of street theaters of medieval Italy. In the production will be used video projection which will turn an ordinary wall into an interactive screen. The "Picnic" bass guitarist Marat Korchemny told of the premiere show in an interview.

- Marat, why did you decide to renounce the usual concert and go to the genre of theatrical and musical light performance?

 - What happens if you imagine a concert of "Picnic" without participation of the musicians? For example, if only masks and revived decorations will remain on the stage? Is the world of phantoms created by "Picnic" strong enough or is he destined to fall apart with ashes scattered in the wind, if it stays alone with the audience? Not idle curiosity but almost scientific interest motivates us whenever the group moves away from the usual form of a "concert in two parts".

- Why is this new project interesting for you?

 - Each song by Shklyarskiy is a little drama. There is always the hero, there is drama, there is a conflict of the hero and the world around him. "And like before a battle, a decisive battle I’m standing at every intersection ..." – this is a very precise quote that can describe what feels our hero in a usual city street. Hence, there are fantastic characters that are traveling with the group from concert to concert. Now, these characters are trying to live an independent life. What can come out of it? This is what the project is extremely interesting and intriguing for.

- How was it working on a street performance?

 - The main difficulty was in the preparation, it is the 9,000 km that separate St. Petersburg and Vladivostok. We have to work by photos and diagrams of the Cesarevitch Quay, presenting the final result in sketches and computer models. The preparation takes place in several stages. Initially, there is a discussion of scenario, which will be the base for improvisation of Igor Vasiliev and his troupe. Then the scenery is picked, some of them will be specially made for this unique performance. In parallel, the creation of visuals and music textures is done. In August, the dress rehearsal will be held in                       St. Petersburg, where all these will join for the first time together. This work is very similar, in fact, to preparation for a tour, with the only difference being that the musicians do not have to rehearse a live game.

- What has been done specifically for the new show, and what have you borrowed from your performances?

 - Visuals will be completely unique, some of the costumes and scenery have been made specifically for the "Kingdom of the Crooked."

- What scenery and machinery are you taking with you?

 - First of all, these are the objects made by the sketches of artist Leo Hao, which formed the stage space for the programs "Decadence", "Theatre of the Absurd," "Iron Mantras", "30 light-years". It will be added to the mechanical dolls, exotic musical instruments of large and small forms. The original paintings by Edmund Shklyarskiy will be present as well.

- Is there anything you want to bring to the audience by this project?

 - We always leave room for the imagination of the viewer. Let everyone see what he could see. In this performance, all things are called false names, all the characters are deliberately grotesque. It must be hard to make the viewer empathize Centaur’s Companion or the Dancing Shaman. But, being in this strange world, in one of crooked mirrors of the Kingdom, you can recognize yourself.

Presentation of "The Kingdom of the Crooked" will take place on the Cesarevitch Quay on August 31 and September 1, beginning at 22.00. Admission is free.

Brief history of Vladivostok Biennale of Visual Arts

  1. The first Vladivostok Biennale took place in April 1998 under the theme “From the world of theater – to the world theater”. Biennale gathered 150 participants from Russia, Japan, USA, Republic of Korea, China, Germany, Vietnam, New Zealand. Nine theater companies from Russia and Asia-Pacific region showcased their craft. After success of the first edition, Biennale expanded beyond theatrical art and became Vladivostok Biennale of Visual Arts.

  2. The second Biennale of Visual Arts was dedicated to the 140th anniversary of Vladivostok and 140th anniversary of Anton Chekhov. The theme was: “Art is a language of mutual understanding”. More than 300 participants from Russia, Japan, South Korea and USA took part in the Biennale. Not only had the number of participants grown, but also the number of venues.

  3. The 3rd Biennale was held July 1-8, 2003 under theme: “HOMINI, URBI ET ORBI”, meaning “To person, to city, to the world”. Two hundred participants from Japan and Russia took part in the event. President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, announced the year 2003 to be the year of Japanese culture in Russia, hence Japan was a country in focus of the 3rd Vladivostok Biennale.

    The biennale comprised following programs:

    • “Labyrinths of cultures” – museum and art expositions, arts and crafts exhibition, several workshops, including “Art of calligraphy”, “Traditional Japanese costume”, “Traditional Slavic music”
    • Video art program and program of multimedia art
    • International folk music festival and series of classical music concerts “Russian-Japanese musical gatherings” and more
  4. Throughout June 30th – July 6th 2005 the 4th Biennale of Visual Arts took place in Vladivostok. The theme of the biennale was chosen to be “Art over borders”. The theme of the main project was “Vladivostok on the crossroads of time and space”. Arseniev state museum of Primorsky region, Grodekov Far Eastern State Museum (city of Khabarovsk), Amur regional museum (city of Blagoveschensk); municipal museum of Hakodate (Hokkaido, Japan) presented their projects and expositions.

    Musical program included performances of folk bands from Russia, China, Japan, as well as XIII “Russian-Japanese musical gatherings”. Numerous theatrical performances, lectures, workshops and roundtables took place during the Biennale.

  5. The 5th Biennale of visual arts (June 28th – July 6th, 2007) became a part of the celebration of the 149th anniversary of Vladivostok. Biennale program comprised graphic art exhibitions, art performances, workshops, festival “Labyrinth of the Russian Island”, concert of the Japanese band “Sakamoto-Kagura”, program of the Philippine dance company “Bainikhyan” and more.

  6. The 6th Biennale of visual arts that took place September 23-28, 2009, gathered emerging and established artists from Russia, Japan, Vietnam, China who presented pictorial arts, photography, national art (arts and crafts, calligraphy, manga comics, ikebana, tea ceremonies), musical and dramatic art, multimedia. The Biennale engaged almost every cultural venue of the city. Workshops, presentations, exhibitions, concerts, performances were held in the halls of Arseniev state museum of Primorsky region, museum of contemporary art “Art Floor”, inside and outside of museum “Vladivostok Fort”, in the exhibition halls of Soyuza Khudozhnikov (Artist Union), on campus of Vladivostok universities – Far Eastern Technical University, Vladivostok University of Economics and Service, Far Eastern State University, Primorsky Regional Puppet theater, Primorsky Philarmonic Hall, etc.

    Within the “Art therapy – Russian experience” project there was a series of workshops held by “Aikobo” – Japanese ceramics studio – for the people with limited mobility. The organizers also held roundtable discussions of various projects associated with creating a city space “without boundaries”.

    Japanese delegation was the most numerous that year and included actors, artists, photographers, singers, masters of ikebana, kimono, historians and even researcher of Russian cuisine – all in 33 individuals. Among foreign guests there were also artists from North and South Korea, China, Japan, Vietnam.

  7. The 7th Biennale of Visual arts took place September 11-15, 2013. Its theme was “Illuminating the imaginary”. The main areas of focus became: film art, dramatic (theater) art, video art, visual art and national art.

    Venues of the Biennale among other included Arseniev state museum, Dom Ofitserov Flota, NewWave Cinema, art-residence “9288 km”

    Participating artists among others included Danno Puppet Theater (Japan), Bertrand Plan (France), Dmitry Bulatov (Russia), Bernard Steffen (Germany), Art group Chrono (Russia), Marc Bonneville (Switzerland), Quartet! (Japan), Daniel Roby (Canada), Dilipp Mehta (Canada).

    Learn more about the 7th Vladivostok Biennale at 7.biennale.me.