At Artissima 2015 the technical jury of illy Present Future prize, composed by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (Director of Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli – GAM, Galleria di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin), Dieter Roelstraete (Documenta 14, Kassel) and Maurizio Morra Greco (collector, Naples), rewarded Alina Chaiderov “for her articulate exploration of sovietic memory, carried out through the irreverent prism of everyday sculptural forms”.
The prize included also the opportunity to exhibit in 2016 her works in a show at Castello di Rivoli, that will be available from November 4th to March 5th 2017.
In the following lines Alina Chaiderov answers to some questions about A new memory is made exhibition, curated by Marianna Vecellio.
Giovanna Repetto: In 2015 you were represented by Gallery Antoine Levi at Artissima’s Present future section, through two works: Before 1989 we kept the bananas in the closet (2014) and Spaces within (separated from the outside air by layer upon layer of protection) (2014).These works create a relationship between your past, your experiences and big events in our history: the result is some new memory. Could you introduce us a bit more into your concept of memory?
Alina Chaiderov: This is a complex and important question that is hard for me to answer in just a couple of sentences. Memory is a global source for my creativity, and my concept of memory – I would say – is the result of an ongoing process within my practice, in which I use memory as one of my materials. Introducing you a bit more into my concept of memory would involve showing you my work..
GR: I understand, so where does A new memory is made come from? Where did you find inspiration?
AC: I’m fascinated by how different neuroanatomical structures interact to create, store and retrieve different parts of our memories. I try to be aware of that interplay between the information that is stored and the information I’m dealing with everyday and let it inspire my practice.
GR: Can you tell us something about your feelings coming from the first personal exhibition in a museum institution?