The international Yakut Biennale of Contemporary Art BY-18 will be held in June, but it kicked off today. At the press conference the organizers told about the concept of the future festival, invited guests and expected art projects.
The theme of the Biennale is City-M - the union of the city and the museum. The name is consonant with the Yakut word sitim (association). Within the framework of the Biennale, master classes, public lectures, creative meetings, inclusive classes are planned. Plain-airs in the city and nature are planned for the artists.
For the participants of the Biennale, artists of Yakutia and visitors will be prepared sites for street art and art objects. The commission, headed by the founder of the creative association "Artmossfera" Sabina Chagina (Moscow) will decide what is really worth installing in our city.
Curator of 5th International Yakutsk Biennale is Chief Architect of Yakutsk Irina Alekseeva: "The most important message of the festival this year is Art should go out. The architecture of Yakutsk is often criticized, calling it dull and blaming the lack of identity. We will give an opportunity for self-realization of creative personalities, by providing sites in the city."
CEO of the National Art Museum Asya Gabysheva is appointed as Commissioner of the festival: "The Biennale is an ambitious project that breaks out of our museum and now goes outside. We want Yakutsk to become brighter, more prestigious, to be spoken about in the whole world. Our festival has minimal funding, we have applied for grants and we hope for state support."
The aim of such events, as a rule, is to raise the cultural level of the residents. First Deputy Minister of Culture and Spiritual Development Vladislav Levochkin believes that the Biennale will make life in the city brighter: "If earlier we often faced vandalism, now it has become less. We want to make Yakutsk a city in which one wants to live. It's good that we keep traditions, but we should give our artists an opportunity to see global trends."