Wall Elements
2.08.2018 - 26.08.2018
Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Saint Petersburg, in collaboration with Ruarts Foundation, Moscow, presents an exhibition project Wall Elements by Alex Partola.

LOCATION: Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Saint Petersburg

ARTISTS: 0331C, 56, 8 rubley, А13, Aber, A.D.E.D., Adno, Akue, Aroe, Aske, Sergey Akramov, Yury Averin, Stas Bags, Blot, Chervi, Concrete Jungle, Stas Dobry, Dusto, Eloom, FrouOne, FSFE Collective, Gia, Giwe, Gold, Gred, GRISHA, Herman IX, IMA, Alexey Kio, Kirill Kto, Kvadrat, Luka, Manos, Misha Mack, Misha Most, Marat Morik, Mozgi, Muluk, Roman Muratkin, Ivan Ninety, Nomerz, Nootk, Nozh, Vadim Nuk, Oskolki, Petro, Rayons, Revansh, Ilya Robe, Rtue, Sakvo, Sam, Sasha RTS, Skissor, Alexey Shidlovsky, Stepan Shobolov, Slak, Stfnv, Super, SY, TOY, Turbo, Vedro, Vitae Viazi, Yury QZX, Zachem, Aleksandr Zhunev, Art group "Zlye", Zoom, Zukclub.

CITIES: Kaliningrad, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Krasnodar, Sevastopol, Saratov, Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod, Perm, Yekaterinburg, Tyumen, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Vladivostok, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

Wall Elements is the first large-scale research of the Russian graffiti and street art scene from Kaliningrad to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, a bold attempt to bring together the works of most notable street artists, completely unlike each other, drawing both illegally as well as in legal places, to capture their approaches and methods. The project is based on the study of urban environment and street culture in each particular Russian city involved.

Only the local artists with a true street background take part in the project: 70 individuals and teams total coming from 17 cities. The author of the project considers as his task to show a wide cross-section of the Russian street art scene. Some of the participants already had successful collaborations with galleries and museums. Here are emerging artists and well-known names, authors of the largest murals in the world, participants of international street art biennales, major festivals and exhibitions. Even when they gain the commercial success, they do not abandon the street, shaping the visual culture of the city with their works.

Each of the participants chose a form of self-expression most relevant for them at the moment, from painting and drawing to sculpture, installation and photography (including a photo series by Alex Partola). The exhibition consisting of more than 100 works will occupy all the space inside the Manege and a square near the western facade, where a large-scale graffiti jam involving 16 artists will take place. An educational program comprising lectures and discussions with the curator and exponents is also planned.

For the Manege, Wall Elements will be the second episode of their New Ruins street art project. The first episode staged in the square by the western facade of the exhibition hall took place in 2017.

Alex Partola, born 1990, a graduate of the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics and the British Higher School of Art and Design, is active as a photo artist, graphic designer, author and curator of many projects, co-founder of the Os publishing house and Vkus Bumagi (“Paper Taste”) print market held regularly in Moscow. He is the author of more than 200 design works and a photo book Ghost in the Machine dedicated to graffiti art on trains. He lives and works in Moscow. His artworks are housed in the collections of museums, art galleries, foundations and private owners.

The Wall Elements project was launched in 2014. Some of the most interesting street artists in Russia were introduced in the first Wall Elements book published to coincide with the exhibition of the same name, where they applied their skills provocatively in easel painting. In September 2018, the second issue of the book will be released.

RuArts Foundation was established in Moscow in 2003 by Marianna Sardarova. The Foundation is engaged in exhibition, publishing and producing activities. The main goal of RuArts Foundation is to promote contemporary art and to further expand the art market in Russia, introducing major contemporary art figures and promising young artists to the Russian audience, building contemporary art collections and providing support to the street art culture and artists with a street background.

RuArts cooperates with state museums, art centers, foundations and other institutions in Russia and abroad arranging exhibitions, auctions, seminars and special events. In addition to the exhibitional and educational activities the Foundation also acts as a publisher producing books, albums and catalogs.

Manege Central Exhibition Hall is the largest exposition space in the historical center of Saint Petersburg. The main direction of the Manege is art exhibitions and related events – lectures and master classes, seminars on art and culture, concerts and film screenings.
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