VLADEY presents Alexey Kallima's exhibition Darkness is longer than night.
Football in scale and popularity comparable to gladiatorial battles in ancient Rome. But only the battles of these movements today are not in the arena, but in the stands. Militant football fans are guided by the old principles of the world: divide your own and others, frighten the enemy, show strength. An artist times aggression between fans, like human aggression in general, which spreads leads to riots.
In the late 2000s, Kallima, in his characteristic manner, with coal and sanguine, recreates large-scale scenes of mass psychosis during matches from memory and impressions. By choosing complex plastic solutions and perspectives, the artist creates the abstract in a very concrete form: fights and crowds become conditional art forms.
About the artist
Alexey Kallima was born in 1969 in Grozny. He studied at the painting department of the Krasnodar Art School. Member of the Venice Biennale (1995, 2009), Moscow Biennale (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011), Euro Biennale Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg (2014). Winner of the Innovation Award in 2005 in the nomination The Best Work of Visual Art. The works of Kallima were exhibited in the Tretyakov Gallery, the Russian Museum, the Louvre in Paris, as well as in many museums of Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Poland, the USA, France, the Czech Republic, etc.