Makhacheva Taus (3)

134-2019_Махачева Таус

Born in Moscow, Russia in 1983. Her work consistently focuses on the history and images of her native land. The artist graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths (2007) and an MFA from the Royal College of Art (2013), both London.  She has been awarded the Moscow Biennale Art Foundation Prize (2015), the Future of Europe Prize (Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig, 2014) and the Innovation Prize of the National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow (2012).


A video of a performance that was to take place daily during the 57th Venice Biennale (2017) in the open waters of the Adriatic Sea (45°23’30.8” N 12°24’47.7” E), where several performers were supposed to appear and disappear on a capsized boat transported from the Caspian Sea of Dagestan to the open sea in front of the Venice Lagoon. The work evolved from multiple conversations that the artist had with various fishermen living in the village of Starii Terek in Dagestan and working on the Caspian Sea. A recurrent motif in their stories is the risk of being lost at sea and never being found. In the event that a boat capsizes, the fishermen tie themselves to the prow so that their families will be able to find their bodies and mourn. The work reflects on the precarity of human lives struggling for survival, against overwhelming economic and natural forces. At the same it is a comment on the expectations and behavior of art biennial visitors.


Video, 15.31 min.

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