Organizers: Kaliningrad Branch of National Centre for Contemporary Arts in cooperation with the Consulate General of Sweden in Kaliningrad
With support from: Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Ford Foundation (Moscow), IASPIS – International Artists Studio Program in Sweden.
Curators: Elena Tsvetaeva, Evgeny Umansky, Yulia Bardoun
- Yury Vassiliev (Kaliningrad, Russia)
- Carl Michael von Hausswolff (Stockholm, Sweden)
Two artists, two dimensions – Russia and Europe, two visions of the color’s content. Yury Vassiliev (Kaliningrad) presents the historical “Russianness” of the red color and its totalitarian substance referring to repressions, socialism building, bloody wars, communal life, economic decay, social inequality and indifference. In the “Russian Red” the artist focuses on the collapse of authoritarian utopias, loss of guidelines and the obstacles to obtaining a new identity.
For Carl Michael von Hausswolff (Stockholm) the red color has nothing to do with the “Red Communism”. It’s the emotional aspect of the monochrome color that attracts him. For the artist deep red color corresponds to very low bass frequencies (35-80Hz) where the sound is getting physically tangible. Carl Michael von Hausswolff treats red as a magnifying glass by lighting up specific architectural spaces, objects, elements with powerful 20000watt lamps in his installations.
The two “red” – that of Vassiliev and that of Hausswolff – appear as a free unfinished sequence of motives and manifestations with a common motto, theme and technological nuances. Almost simultaneously – at the turn of 20th and the 21st centuries – the artists initiated an artistic study of the red color and the moment has come to present their vision of the color dramaturgy in one space.
Today Kaliningrad (till 1946 former Königsberg) – is the only Russian exclave, a kind of a “hostage” and “intermediary” between Russia and Europe. Due to its geopolitical collisions the city fits the best the concept of the 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art – “Against Exclusion”. The “Red-Red” project taking place in Kaliningrad and broadcast simultaneously in Moscow is a statement against center/periphery divisions in the field of art.