Alevtina Kakhidze

For the 3rd edition of Art on Paper, the Brussels Contemporary Drawing Fair, VO EVENT and BOZAR confirm their fondness for drawing and their shared desire to enhance this medium by inviting a contemporary artist to create in the Palais a new work in resonance with the salon. After Henri Jacobs and his 'Vaporization Crystallization' (2016), project, the Ukrainian artist Alevtina Kakhidze will respond to the proposal with 'I still draw love, plants and things' (2017), a colourful intervention, in drawings and visual and sound narratives. On this occasion, the work will cross the different spaces of the Palais, through various mediums, chromatic environments, illustrative drawings, vocal pieces and real objects to compose a story drawing from love, plants and things.

Mural drawing by Alevtina Kakhidze at Art on Paper 2017

Alevtina Kakhidze finds in drawing and performance the modes of expression to question the visual culture, both contemplative and consumerist. Beneath minimalist and lively features, at the same time funny and charming, her work gives shape to a truly feminine universe leading the spectator to a dreamlike, narrative and poetic journey.

The work will be extended by a performance on Saturday, September 9 (6 p.m.), which will take a more theatrical turn, like a humorous one woman show tracing back the thread of the 'I still draw love, plants and things' installation. In short, it is a matter of playing with the idea of translation from one mode of expression to another, of considering the translations undergone by the elements that pass from one medium to another, from a (linguistic) boundary to another.

Alevtina Kakhidze was born in 1973 in Eastern Ukraine. After studies at the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in Kiev (1999-2004), she completed her training at the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht (2004-2006), enabling her to stay in Western Europe and to carry out artistic projects before returning to her native country, in the small village of Muzychi, where she now lives and works and where she has founded a residence intended for artists with very diverse practices and backgrounds. Her work have been subject to presentations at important international events (Whitechapel Gallery, Moscow Biennale, Manifesta, etc.) and acquisitions by private and museum collections (MUHKA).

Like last year, this co-production was made possible thanks to the support of GT-FINANCE.

Alevtina Kakhidze, Fragment 'I still draw love, plants and things', 2017