Stop War / Net Voyne!
Ioulia Akhmadeeva is a hybrid and conscious person. Multifaceted Mexican visual artist of Russian origin, with an academic background in printmaking arts, she is also a university professor and researcher. During her residency at ´ace, Ioulia devoted her time to producing an artist book and some complementary art-object pieces, all on the subject of registration and memory based on previously systematized material. The project contemplates the creation of an edited book that tells about the state of resilience of human beings in the face of misfortunes (wars, forced migrations, pandemics, catastrophes) and from memory: historical, collective and personal, where the facts are told through personal records, newspapers and through objects.
Stories of people, of places with their inhabitants, their roots, routes to their destinations, ties between people, their memories… all will be kept in this book-archive. The typological, formal, conceptual and technical possibilities of artist books are very varied; its infinite creative forms allow the generation of visual narratives in a non-traditional way. The project will generate a record, file and document in its broad sense of conserving, safeguarding, recording the facts, implementing the maximum visual graphic resources, in whose forms the memories materialize.
“Life is art and what we do is our life…” My main theme in production and research is memory with the recording and construction of narratives in various formats, techniques and disciplines, My family, its origin, migrations, paths of destiny, ties between people, all are my starting points in a long walk between labyrinths of life and art. Nothing is eternal, and at the same time it is. Recorded, drawn, engraved, embroidered, recycled, encapsulated, transferred, modified, intervened, contained, stopped memory… In my works I support the idea of the trace, of the footprint, of memorizing and immortalizing memories on and within the images, pages and related objects.
1971 | Krasnodar, Russia. Lives and works in Morelia, Mexico
2008 | PhD in Pedagogical Sciences, Faculty of Graphic Arts, Kuban National University
1996 | Specialty and Master’s Degree in Fine Arts, Specialty in Graphic and Easel Art (Honorable Mention). Russian State Academy of Plastic Arts, Surikov Institute, Moscow, Russia
2021 | Escrituras tangibles, Palacio Clavijero, Mexico
2021 | IMPACT 11, International World Graphic Conference, Hong Kong, China
2020 | Desde y para la memoria. MACJ (INBAL), Mexico
2018 | III International Triennial of Contemporary Graphic Arts, Novosibirsk, Russia
2017 | PROTEST ≠ PROFEST: GLOBAL BURDENS, Center for Book Arts NY, USA
2019 | Shortlisted at Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition—AIMPE, Tokushima, Japan
2015 | Honorable mention in III Concurso Internacional de Libros de Artista (LÍA). Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
2013 | Acquisition Award in Engraving in XV Encuentro Estatal de Pintura y Estampa Efraín Vargas, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico
2003 | First Prize at the XI Concurso Nacional de Grabado José Guadalupe Posada, Aguascalientes, Mexico
2002 | 2nd place, International Ex Libris José Guadalupe Posada “1852-2002”, Aguascalientes, Mexico
Stop War / Net Voyne!
In the first ´aceNITE of 2022 (and the first since the pandemic began), we had different activities and the presentation of several exhibitions. Among them, Ioulia Akhmadeeva, Russian-Mexican artist-in-residency who came to our studio for a Production Residency to produce an artist’s book and new series of her work in printmaking and graphic arts.
Ioulia presented in the Dialogue Space part of the production she made during the 4 weeks of her residency in our workshop, exhibiting engravings on paper with motifs linked to her family history and the current war situation in which her native country is involved. In addition, she was invited by Alicia Candiani to participate in the international itinerant exhibition The world IS/IN a handkerchief (organized by Cecilia Mandrile) as part of the genealogy of Proyecto´ace, for which she specially produced a piece linked to the theoretical guidelines of the project.
The main theme in the production and research of Ioulia’s work is memory, with the recording and construction of narratives in various formats, techniques and disciplines. Her family, her origin, migrations, paths of destiny, ties between people… these are her starting points on a long walk through the labyrinths of life and art. Memory recorded, drawn, engraved, embroidered, recycled, encapsulated, transferred, modified, intervened, contained, stopped… In her works, she sustains the idea of traces, of imprint, of memorizing and immortalizing memories on and within images, related pages and objects.
March 23rd, 7pm at the Dialogue Space
Artists in Dialogue
On Wednesday, March 23, 2022, we hosted Cohabiting Memories, our first ´aceNITE of the year and the first since the pandemic began. During this meeting, we had several simultaneous activities that complemented and strengthened each other. On the one hand, the Sala Políglota received the international project The World IS/IN a Handkerchief, a traveling exhibition curated by Claudia DeMonte and Cecilia Mandrile that traces chance encounters, moments of discovery and personal connections in distant places or unexpected contexts, being even At the time, a total of 121 works printed in different graphic techniques on cotton handkerchiefs—on this occasion, the genealogy of Proyecto´ace was also presented, curated by Alicia Candiani.
To this, the presentations of our artists-in-residency were added. Chris Knollmeyer (USA) presented and performed live for the audience a piece of music specially composed and designed to accompany the installation of the handkerchiefs in the Políglota Room. For 4 weeks, Chris composed original fragments with a generative software created by him, using sounds of musical instruments and ambient recordings taken from the City of Buenos Aires and his surroundings during his stay. In addition, Ioulia Akhmadeeva (Russia-Mexico) showed part of the results obtained during her Production Residency in our workshop, sharing with the public an artist’s book and different editions in which she was working on the themes of memory and the war situation. in which his native country is located under the title Stop War / Net Voyne!. Wesley Ericson (USA) opened for the public his site-specific installation Something familiar in our courtyard, where he made a wall painting that takes one of our hanging plants and incorporates it into a classic motif from art history: the figure of Perseus holding the decapitated head of Medusa. In addition, Wesley installed a mirror so that those who dared to contemplate his work would not be paralyzed by the gaze of Medusa.
Also, we share with the public the results obtained by the cohort of COHABITAR FRONTERAS, the seventh edition of our online program Together Apart. On this occasion, with the support of the Metropolitan Fund for the Arts, 20 fellows worked collectively to discover possible ways of jointly inhabiting indeterminate spaces within their artistic practices, creating new bodies of work and thinking about questions about the intersection of disciplines both within the art as outside of it.