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OLGA KISSELEVA; RETRACING THE STORY WITHIN HISTORY

A NEW LOOK ON TRADITION

Born in 1965 in St. Petersburg, Olga Kisseleva studied painting for eight years in the ex-USSR. Now living in Paris and working with Daniel Buren at the Institut des Hautes Etudes in Paris, her main focus is video, photography, and performance. Her extensive use of space makes for radical artworks, both experimental and thought-provoking, questioning conventions, gender, politics and History. However, her academic training deeply influenced her work. In one of her most famous photographic series, she combines 20th century History and academic traditions in subversive still lifes that challenge the viewer’s perception of forms and symbols. Whatever the means, her work as a whole provokes, questions and experiments, in a way that cannot be ignored.

HENNESSY 250 TOUR COMMISSION - Dancing Spirits

Kisseleva’s Common Heritage project is a series of photographs gathered in a three-minute video which follows the relationship between Russia and Hennessy since 1918. Influenced by the narrative richness of 17th century art, it uses the tradition of still life painting for its suggestive power. The artist draws meaning from the symbol behind every object, as well as their association within the composition. The artwork as a whole therefore carries the narrative of Russia’s relationship with Hennessy through objects that tie them together. The historical and aesthetic symbolism creates complex and diverse meaning, at the heart of which is the long-lasting, multi-faceted partnership and camaraderie between Russia and the Hennessy Maison.
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