Artist-on-Artist guided tour: An Escapade: The Prisoner? Or the Guard? by Irina Nakhova, artist

Public Program Through the Looking Glass of Louise Bourgeois
23 October 2015
19:30–21:00

DESCRIPTION

As part of the exhibition Louise Bourgeois. Structures of Existence: The Cells, Garage is launching a new form of guided tour, where a contemporary practitioner will discuss their personal views on the artist or artists currently on show in the Museum. The first Artist-on-Artist guided tour will feature the artist Irina Nakhova, who will reflect upon selected works by Louise Bourgeois featured in the exhibition.

As part of the exhibition Louise Bourgeois. Structures of Existence: The Cells, Garage is launching a new form of guided tour, where a contemporary practitioner will discuss their personal views on the artist or artists currently on show in the Museum. The first Artist-on-Artist guided tour will feature the artist Irina Nakhova, who will reflect upon selected works by Louise Bourgeois featured in the exhibition.
“The identity of the creator of the Cells combines that of a prison guard, who occupies an external position, and that of a hostage shut inside. In our case, the imprisoned are the uncontrollable childhood fears, pain, and trauma that have not resolved with time. The artist willfully places these into the straightjacket of the Cell, entailing temporary relief, but only for the duration of this act of self-detention.
The installations of Louise Bourgeois look like junkyards full of symbols from some medieval psychoanalysis, where instruments of torture and pleasure are the same and can both hurt and deliver sexual excitement. The explicit physicality of many of the Cells brings to mind a butcher’s shop or a slaughterhouse. In their interior design, Bourgeois exploits common clichés: balls, hooks, jars, sex organs, mirrors, and other archetypes of the collective unconscious equally affect an inexperienced viewer and an art connoisseur, allowing the artist to extract her nightmares and relocate them to the subjectivity of the Other (the spectator). The recurring questions remain unchanged throughout her practice: is the artist the victim? Or the executioner? Or merely a passive witness?
When I look at a photo of Louise from 2009, I see a happy child on her way back to the warm bed of non-being.”

Irina Nakhova, New Jersey, June 2015

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Irina Nakhova  was born 1955. She graduated from the Moscow Institute of Graphic Arts in 1978. She is the pioneer of the genre of total installation in Soviet underground art. Nakhova concurrently works with painting, creating structured environments from several superimposed planes; and installation, the most vivid of which employs painting, digital printing, sculpture and interactive video and audio. In 2013, she won the prestigious Kandinsky Prize for Best Project of the Year for Untitled. She has worked and lived between Moscow and the United States since 1992. Since 1989, her work has been exhibited throughout Europe and the United States. Nakhova has been selected to have a solo exhibit at the Russian Pavilion for the 2015 Venice Biennale.

UNIQLO Free Friday NightsUNIQLO Free Friday Nights—free for all visitors every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.Learn more

Mailing List

Subscribe to our mailing list and get the latest news from Garage