valera & natasha cherkashin

November 06 2008 - December 06 2008

Galerie Blue Square is pleased to present the Paris premiere exhibition of Global Underground, a series of digital photographs and videos by Moscow artists Valera and Natasha Cherkashin. The program is part of a five-year project, begun in 2005, which takes its first images from the New York City subway. A virtual subway is created which makes stops around the world from Moscow, New York, Stockholm, Beijing, London, Paris, Berlin and Tokyo.

The evolving project has been a returning and most important theme in the artists work. In fact, the Cherkashins met in the Moscow Metropolitan in 1992 and have continued to collaborate and include this public space in many of their projects. In the early 1990s, the artists held a number of art happenings in the Moscow station Revolutionary Square, not far from the Kremlin, including the memorable wedding that took place between one of the handsome bronze workers of the 1930s and a young Muscovite woman. These early works recorded and documented the happenings with photography and mixed media works.

Today’s unique digitally produced photographs and video projects document the similarities and differences found in underground rail transport systems around the world. The resultant images reflect the complexity and luminosity that draw the viewer into a virtual time and space. As observed by fellow artist and curator Steve Yates, these global underground images become a symbol of a "matrix of change" and “a post-modern metaphor of collective history.”

The subway, itself, becomes an active record of the cultural variety and technical achievements of different places. Each subway, in effect, reflects its city’s personality through the ambiance of its urban surroundings and the personalities and characteristics of its passengers. The combined evolution of the Cherkashin’s work and the technical advances in photography create a new order of transformation. The exhibition celebrates the union of cultures and technical achievements of individual metro systems by digitally reproducing and incorporating them into one “virtual global underground.”

Since the 1960s and the first conceptual acts of Valera in his native Ukraine, performance and photography have been the media of expression. Major museums and institutions worldwide collect their works.

For more information, please contact : Dianne Beal +33 (0)1 49 96 59 17 – beal@galeriebluesquare.com
For more information about the Cherkashins and their work, also visit www.metro33.org

+ ENG-Cherkashin Press Release - 178 KB

+ FR-Communiqué de Presse V+N CHERKASHIN - 181 KB

valera & natasha cherkashin : PARIS Arts et Métiers Station (Detail) 2007 Lambda print, metallic paper, A/P 59 x 59 cm
valera & natasha cherkashin : STOCKHOLM Subway 2007 Lambda print, metallic paper
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valera & natasha cherkashin : MOSCOW Kievskaya Station 2006 Lambda print, metallic paper, A/P 69 x 154 cm
valera & natasha cherkashin : MOSCOW Revolutionary Square Station 2006 Lambda print, metallic paper, A/P 115 x 65 cm
valera & natasha cherkashin : MOSCOW Paveletskaya Station 2006 Lambda print, metallic paper, A/P 69 x 154 cm
valera & natasha cherkashin : NEW YORK 1 2005 Lambda print, metallic paper, A/P 56 x 166 cm
valera & natasha cherkashin : WASHINGTON Subway 2008 Lambda print, metallic paper, A/P 70 x 70 cm
valera & natasha cherkashin : NEW YORK Times Square Station 2005 Lambda print, metalic paper, A/P 70 x 199 cm
valera & natasha cherkashin : BEIJING Subway 2007 Lambda print, metallic paper, A/P 115 x 457,5 cm
valera & natasha cherkashin : BEIJING metro (detail) 2007 Lambda print, metallic paper
valera & natasha cherkashin : STOCKHOLM Subway 2007 Lambda print, metallic paper, A/P 72 x 199 cm
valera & natasha cherkashin : PARIS Châtelet Station 2008 Lambda print, metallic paper, A/P 54 x 159 cm
valera & natasha cherkashin : PARIS Chatelet Station (Detail) 2008 Lambda print, metallic paper, A/P 60 x 60 cm
valera & natasha cherkashin : PARIS Arts et Métiers Station 2008 Lambda print, metallic paper, A/P 54 x 159 cm
valera & natasha cherkashin : New York Dance 1 2004 Lambda print, metallic paper, A/P 70 x 50 cm
valera & natasha cherkashin : Moscow Fountain with Soldiers 2004 Lamda print, metallic paper, A/P 50x70 cm
valera & natasha cherkashin : Dancer, Runner 2004 Lamda print, metallic paper, A/P 70x50 cm

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