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Tatiana Antoshina : Museum of a Woman

Tatiana Antoshina : Museum of a Woman

18 March – 7 April , 2004

Tatiana Antoshina Queen of the Night (Europe series) 2002

White Space Gallery is pleased to present the works of Tatiana Antoshina, one of the most challenging and provocative of woman artists working in Russia today. Antoshina is an artist who actively explores and playfully subverts gender roles in her art practice and this will be the first London exhibition of these works.

The exhibition will include the photographic series Museum of a Woman, a parodic view of classical paintings, alongside her porcelain portraits/sculptures which were featured in After the Wall (Moderna Museet, 1998) and depict the Russian performance artists, Alexander Brenner and Oleg Kulik.

The highlight of this exhibition will be her new photographic series Europe (2002/4) in which among other images, Europe is portrayed as a nude elderly woman breast-feeding the infamous cloned sheep Dolly.

Antoshina's Museum of a Woman is as much a reaction to the newfound Russian democracy as to the persistence of ‘artistic’ boy’s clubs, despite the increasing recognition of a history of great woman artists from Russia inside and outside the country. Antoshina's identity as an artist is based on a critical awareness of her position as a woman artist in this situation. Antoshina depicts Woman, who is usually considered the sexual object of a male gaze, as a remodelled form of active subject, reversing the roles normally assigned to women in classical works. Instead of the female nudes pictured by Ingres in his Turkish baths, Antoshina represents an ensemble of seductive naked men. Similarly, in her new project Europe, she is portraying a group of young men sitting in homage to an elderly woman, whose body and actions reveal her authority, dignity and experience. The model for these works is Pani Bronya, aged 73. In her new works, Bronya's elderly nude figure becomes a mythic representation for an ageing Europe, where today the proportion of elderly people in the population is increasing despite society's apparent fear of ageing and its fascination with youth.

In her similarly ‘ironic monuments to Kulik and Brenner’ Antoshina freezes their ephemeral and radical performance acts in the traditional technique of porcelain, a medium over-identified with applied female crafts. This is typical of Antoshina’s use of varying media and materials and knowingly references both Jeff Koons and Judy Chicago's use of the same media, while offering her own very unique monuments to Russia's art history.

Tatiana Antoshina was born in 1959 in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Active since early nineties, Tatiana Antoshina has been included in numerous international exhibitions, including "After the Wall", Moderna Muzeet, Stockholm in 1998, "Art against Geography", The State Russian Museum, St.Petersburg in 2000, "Women In Art", Bergen Museum of Art and Science, New Jersey in 2001, "Woman in Russian Art", State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow in 2002; "?? ??????! RUSSISCHE KUNST HEUTE", The Kunsthalle Baden-Baden in 2004. Major solo exhibitions have included "Museum of Woman", Guelman Gallery, Moscow in 1997;
"Museum of Woman", Florence Lynch Gallery, New York in 2001, Voyeurism Alisa Gay or about young men's life, Guelman's gallery, Moscow in 2002; 'I Love", The Overcoat Gallery, Moscow. Her works are in Bremen Museum of Contemporary Art; Russian Museum, St. Petersburg; Kolodzei Art Foundation and private collections. Tatiana Antoshina lives and works in Moscow.

Exhibition open Mon - Fri, 11- 6, Sat 11- 5. Closed Sunday. Exhibition is free.

White Space Gallery St Peter's, Vere Street (off Oxford Street), London W1G ODQ. Tube: Bond Street
Tel. 07949 100 956 or 0208 740 4675


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