Paris, 28 March 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The Taiss Gallery, located in the heart of Paris, is directed by Gérard Links and Taisiya Savchuck-Polishchuk. On Art Paris Art Fair, Art Media Agency met Gérard Links and Russian artist Katya Kameneva, a member of the “The Fourth Height” collective, at booth E7:
Art Media Agency (AMA): Can you please introduce us to the works you present?
Gérard Links (GL): We thought about the axe highlighted this year by the organisers of the fair: this year, Russia is the guest of honour. In addition, we wanted to represent artists from all over the world, mainly the most talented artists from the East that we are defending. Among them, there is namely Arsen Savadov, an Ukrainian artist. This artist was born in 1962 in Kiev, Ukraine, and graduated from the Kyiv Institute of Plastic Arts. The artist works both in the fields of photography and painting. His themes of predilection are the decadence of mythological structures and the disintegration of the symbolic order that is prevalent in post-communist societies.
We are also presenting the works of Leonid Tishkov, with a series about the moon created in Paris at the Jardin des Tuileries. This Russian artist’s works were exhibited at the Photo Quai Branly 2010 event, and he was the guest of honour of the gallery at the opening of the year of Russia in France in 2010.
The works of Dmitry Gutov are also spotlighted. When the Soviet regime fell, the country was left in a totally disorganised state and went through its darkest days. Russian people settled in the woods and people marked their lands with wire fences. He reused this emblematic material of Russian poverty and reinterpreted famous paintings and drawings. He namely did a remake of the works of Rembrandt and the writings of Karl Marx. Here, the artist redid oriental calligraphies that he recreated in three dimensions with wire.
We are also pleased to represent the Russian collective “The Fourth Height”, that was created in 1993 and is composed of women, among whom is Katya Kameneva.
Finally, among the French artists represented, we are presenting the works of Eric Emo, a photographer who won the Arcimboldo Prize on 23 March 2013. This prize is the only one that awards the creation of digital photographic images. It has been awarded since 1999 by the Gens Association under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture and Communication.
Thierry Bruet’s works are also exhibited. This artist presents a satirical point of view of the world, namely with his work titled The Maestro, where he relates a game between Picasso and the infants of Spain.
AMA: What are your selection criteria for this year’s Art Paris Art Fair?
GL: We would like to represent quality artists who are renowned internationally, not well known in France but who are original.
AMA: This is your fifth participation in the fair. Why did you choose to be present at the Art Paris Art Fair?
GL: As a new gallery that opened in 2008, we participated for the first time in the Art Paris Art Fair in 2009, since it is an ideal venue to exhibit the works of young artists. In fact, it is a high level fair that allows us to be broadcasted during a relatively crucial period. It allows us to share more of our passion about the artists that are represented, and to make our works and actions known to a different public. Lastly, the Grand Palais is a pleasurable venue for exhibiting artists. Thanks to our success last year, we plan to repeat this experience.
AMA: How do you stand out compared to other French galleries presented this year?
GL: We present a panel of artists who are more international than other French galleries. This year, we are honouring Russia in order to show France’s interest in the Russian art scene.
Katya Kameneva, a Russian artist who currently shares her time between Paris and Moscow, also explained her inspirations to us, along with the message that she wishes to pass:
Katya Kameneva (KK): The collective was created in 1993, near the end of the Soviet Union. Our common inspiration is therefore our Soviet childhood, and we would like to work on the themes of exploits and daily life struggles. Our art often illustrates the humour and second degree of the exploits of fictive heroines. Moreover, this year at the Art Paris Art Fair, we are displaying a work representing the first steps on the moon of our collective, as well as a work titled The Exploits of our Motherland.