PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY PRESENTS STOM-ACHE BY OLGA CHAGAOUTDINOVA
MARCH 3 TO APRIL 10, 2010
FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010
5:30 P.M. TO 9 P.M.
SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2010 2 P.M.
PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY is pleased to present STOM-ACHE an exhibition of new photo and video works by Russian-born visual artist OLGA CHAGAOUTDINOVA, from March 3 to April 10, 2010.
In STOM-ACHE Ms. Chagaoutdinova presents two new videos—STORM-ACHE and STONE-ACHE—and a series of photographic works that depict her in disturbing scenes in which themes of tragedy, suffering, and fatality are explored. The artist searches for the pain that settles deep in the stomache—pain that might have been felt by older members of her family while living in a tormented pre-Glasnost Soviet Union, yet remains genetically imprinted within her generations later. Ms. Chagaoutdinova steps into self-representation, giving viewers a glimpse of her vulnerability, further exploring the feminist aspects of her art practice. Previously on view at Montreal’s Galerie Trois Points in September 2009, the current exhibition has been re-imagined and presented with never-before-seen photographic works and video stills.
Born in Russia and now living and working in Montréal, Ms. Chagaoutdinova creates photo and video-based art that examines domesticity, globalization, and, most recently, suffering in contemporary society. Her work reflects her “fascination with cultural codes whose exchanges construct personal identity, values, and collective and individual memories.”
Ms. Chagaoutdinova has received numerous awards for her work, most notably the Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward International Competition (2007), the Foundation de Sève Award (2005), the Power Corporation of Canada Graduate Fellowship, and the Roloff Benny Fellowship in Photography (2006). In 2008/2009, Canadian Art magazine named her one of the Top 10 MFA graduates in the country.
Ms. Chagaoutdinova has exhibited her work widely in Canada, Europe, Cuba and Russia. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of a number of national and international institutions including: Hydro Québec, the Far East Museum of Fine Art in Khabarovsk, Russia, and the Kebola Collection in Havana, Cuba, and the Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec. A photographic discourse of her work currently appears in CV84 magazine with an accompanying critical essay entitled Back to the Future by noted Canadian art critic and artist Gary Michael Dault. Ms. Chagaoutdinova holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Montreal's Concordia University, and a degree from Vancouver's Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.
Olga Chagaoutdinova would like to acknowledge and thank SASHA CHICHAGOV and PAVEL CHICHAGOV for their support and assistance in the realization of this project.