September 18, 2019 - October 19, 2019 at MOMA Baku + Ta(r)dino 6
Curated by Asli Samadova
Xenia Fink’s first solo show in the region has a very unusual setting: it takes place in two venues simultaneously. Originally planned by curator Asli Samadova as a show at Tar(d)ino 6 Secret Location, an alternative art space that occupies two rooms in a flat in the historical city center of Baku, the project has expanded to the Museum of Modern Art to become a part of the International Festival of Contemporary Art on women empowerment ‘MAIDEN TOWER. To Be a Woman’. The two chosen venues for the exhibition ‘Interiors’ – a white cube public space in MOMA Baku and the bourgeois interiors of the flat – complement each other. The displayed works invite us to explore the tension between public behaviour, intimate thoughts, and anxieties that are products of our continuous desires.
In the MOMA part of the exhibition, the idea of desire is both direct and loud, spelled out in text renderings across a six-meter-long mural and subtly hinted at in ink drawings that stylistically direct us to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Carefully staged as frames from a movie, these drawings invite the viewer to fill in the gaps and uncertainties.
In a series of drawings inspired by the interiors of Ta(r)dino 6 Secret Location, Xenia Fink intentionally plays upon our eclectic concepts of art and decor, expectations of femininity, and figuration. The notion of spaces, architecture, or objects which have an intricate design being deemed feminine is still very much alive. Subverting this assumption, while creating a strong union between the art and the interiors as in the Rococo period, resulted in playfully seductive subject matters on folios of papers cascading from the walls and reflected in custom-made mirrors. Continuing to the second room, one finds interior drawings where pictures of a different kind are shown in an animated sequence of hand drawn images: the depicted gestures seem familiar and slowly build a feeling of suspense.
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