Fragile Island (2015), Love These Fiery Moments (2016), Ghost Ship (2017), A Day Full Of Hope (2018)
The video programme of Tanya Akhmetgalieva combines the works created by the artist since 2015. In the works selected, the artist addresses fears and romanticized expectations from her childhood; the subjects of all the pieces are autobiographical and transfer viewers into the dream space.
The piece “Fragile Island” (2015) combines cultural – geometric, pure forms of Soviet architecture and fantasy winter gardens unfolding there – and natural – wild grass eaten by freely walking goats. Two worlds exist in tense dialogical relationships that are emphasized by an industrial, overloaded soundtrack.
The next work, “Love These Fiery Moments” (2016), continues the use of inversion and enhancement of the contrast of colours, presenting another image from the world of dreams – a faceted, splitting image of a swan. In a continuous repetition, the silhouette of his long neck becomes a moving ornament, and the simple actions hide dramatic effect, condensed in a sealed rondo.
The “Ghost Ship” (2017) shifts this tension from the space observed into the very act of the eye movement. Lapidary landscapes become the scene for the unfolding odyssey of a digital “ghost”, external to embodied experience.
The programme closes with the work “A Day Full of Hope” (2018). It acts on the contrast to the centrifugal force of the carousel depicted and draws a viewer inside. Here, colours underwent through a complete inversion, becoming a colouristic sleep code. In her editing, the artist uses the tools of the early experimental cinema: it is no accident that her works were shown in the Russian Museum in a series of projects inspired by the famous Ballet Mécanique (Mechanical Ballet) directed by Fernand Léger in 1924.