Why this moon?

Artists: Nikita Alexeev, Andrey Bogush

Osnova Gallery is pleased to present a new project together with Iragui Gallery. Accepting the reality of new normality and based on the principles of mutual cooperation, we are building a dialogue between two artists represented by two galleries. It seems particularly important today to move away from stereotypes that galleries are rival institutions. Cooperation within the frameworks of the exhibition “Why this moon?” is based on mutual support, which gets a significantly new sense in times of crisis.

Andrey Bogush, born 1987 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, is a visual and performance artist based in Helsinki, Finland. In their work, Andrey Bogush probes the unstable nature of image production by transferring digital images onto various analogue materials. Physical forms acquire a digital structure. By printing images on industrial vinyl curtains and placing them in space, Bogush creates situations in which he seeks analogies to the life of images on the web.

Selected recent exhibitions include: Skɪz(ə)m, Ostrava, Czech Republic, ARS17, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, and When Everything Is Over So We Can Discuss, at The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki. Their work has been featured in Artforum, The Plantation Journal, and Foam Magazine, as well in the surveys Photography Is Magic, published by Aperture, and Unlocked, published by Atopos. They have been working in several residencies, including HIAP, Helsinki, Sterna Art Project, Nisyros, Greece and Art Colony, Nida, Lithuania. Bogush holds a BFA and MFA in Time and Space Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Arts Helsinki.

Nikita Alexeev, born in 1953, Moscow, is a Russian artist known for his work with conceptualism. He was one of the founders of the «Kollektivniye deistviya” (“Collective Actions”) group (1976-1983) and the founder and director of the APTART Gallery (1982-1984), whose exhibition space was located in his apartment. For a long time, he worked as an illustrator and book designer in Moscow publishing houses; since the early 1970s he has been publishing “samizdat” (underground) books and albums. In 1987-1993 he lived in France. Today he lives and works in Moscow.

Nikita Alexeev participated in many Russian and foreign exhibitions, among which were La nouva arte sovetica – una prospettiva non ufficiale (Venice, 1977), MANI Museum – 40 Moskauer Künstler (Frankfurter Karmeliterkloster, Frankfurt am Main, 1991). His works were shown at the 2nd Biennale in Cetinje, Montenegro (1994), the International Contemporary Art Biennale in Prague (2005) and at the 1st Biennale of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki (2007).

His works are in the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Moscow), Kupferstichkabinett (Berlin); The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum. The Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, (New Jersey, USA); Museo d’arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (MART), Fondo Sandretti del ‘900 russo, (Rovereto, Italy), National Centre for Art and Culture Georges Pompidou (Paris) and others.

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