19.06.2018 - 21.07.2018.
careva contemporary is delighted to present “Stroke”, the first solo show by the Russian born artist Dasha Glukhova, in the Baltics. The exhibition is built around five female sitters, whose characters become apparent in the diverse ways that they approach nudity. By revealing their bodies they exhibit their inner nature and also their very different relationship to the viewer. “Stroke” developed from discussions between the artist and the gallerist about consumption of visual culture and art online, both agreeing that viewers interaction with the object of art is essential to the understanding and experience of art(we would like to even reference “C’est ne pas une pipe” here, and say that an image of an artwork does not equal the artwork). Therefore, female nudes were chosen as cornerstones for this show, due to the conflict between the controversial nature of nudes online (often banned from social media and categorized as pornography), while society is being exposed to images of nudity more than ever and their shock value does not really exist. By painting over parts of photograph’s Glukhova comments on the puritanical views and the double standards towards nudity online, while making sure that those images can be shared with others. Glukhova is interested in characters of the sitters, not just their physique. In artists’s opinion, one expresses their inner nature better in nude portraiture, as the absence of clothing takes away the constructed identity that humans hide behind.
Photo credit: Ansis Starks