4 Sale


Aneta Bartos | Elle Muliarchyk | Yana Toyber | Martynka Wawrzyniak

May 25 - June 24, 2011

25 Kadr Gallery
Shubinsky, 6, Moscow (Space "Nauka")

Opening: 19:00 25.05.2011

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"It is an absolute must-see" ZOO Magazine

4 Sale debuts the culmination of the year long creative union between four talented artists of Eastern European descent, Aneta Bartos, Elle Muliarchyk, Yana Toyber and Martynka Wawrzyniak. The process evolves through openness, risk-taking, exploration and the incorporation of artistic and cultural influences. The fundamental nature of the works materializes potentially controversial issues; issues that the artists keenly acknowledge and own. This acute awareness of the project liberates and provokes.

Aneta Bartos: “In the beginning, this project was about sex and spirit and how it plays such a role in creating cultures, religions and taboos. And my obsessions and fears about existence generated this perfect pool of emotions that resulted in an eerie quality of anxiety and sexuality. As the project progressed and I started feeling a deeper and more emotional female bond, I introduced new issues dealing with sexual freedom and female dominance, wanting to distance myself from the stereotypical icons of femininity.

"Born in Poland, Aneta's darkly romantic images are shot on Polaroid film in seedy hotel rooms and have the look of sinister erotic tableaux. Bartos says that the work has helped her shed some of her Catholic baggage and embrace the power of female sexuality." W Magazine

Elle Muliarchyk: “During this project I've felt like a teenage boy, a "student", discovering women for the first time while also discovering my own femininity. Women are fascinating creatures from another world to me so I decided to reconstruct the bizarre sexual scenes I see in my dreams at night photographically. As another reality I reconstructed my favorite paintings that have always been instrumental for me - my personal icons. And the girls in them became my new heroines. I don't just use them as models/bodies - each new reality I create for them illustrates and corresponds to each girl's particular character."

"A model who became an artist by taking guerrilla fashion pictures of herself in boutique dressing rooms, Belarusian Elle Muliarchyk has an unsentimental approach to female physicality. She used her partners’ naked bodies to re-create her own “very sexual, visual, and weird” dreams." W Magazine

Yana Toyber: "When I originally thought of the idea I thought of it as another way to do a self portrait – where you are being exposed at the same time as you’re exposing another woman. It's almost like channeling thoughts and ideas between the subject and the photographer." " Ukrainian born artist and fashion photographer, Yana, shot her fellow collaborators underwater to give the images a dreamy and tender quality." W Magazine

Martynka Wawrzyniak: "For me this project is an interesting opportunity to explore the female nature through conducting a series of psychological experiments. I wanted to take the girls (and myself) out of our comfort zones and push us places that we have never gone before."

"Martynka, a Polish-born photographer and video artist who explores femininity with both brutality and warmth." W Magazine

"the photographs are all beautiful, but more important, they are presenting their deeply personal take on sexuality and identity. The works explore concepts of feminism, ethics, morality, and self-representation free from taboos, victimization, male-dominance and exploitation. " ZOO Magazine

4 Sale presents 22 photo works and 2 video art.

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