Capital Art x Marina Gisich Gallery. 'The Human Project' by Kerim Ragimov. - VIEWING ROOMS | Gallery of modern art

Capital Group x a mixed-use complex "City of Capitals" x Marina Gisich Gallery present a chamber retrospective of the program cycle of painting "The Human Project" by Kerim Ragimov. The exhibition is accompanied by a program from an educational project in the field of art - The Masters School, with the participation of art industry professionals: curators, museum specialists, gallery owners, representatives of large private funds. For some, the project will be a continuation of the path in art, and for others it will open this wonderful world.

In 1993, Kerim Ragimov started his "Human Project".

In paintings and drawings created on the basis of media images, the artist presents anonymous group portraits. He scrupulously reproduces this or that scene that he discovered on the pages of mass publications. The characters in The Human Project are bound by a certain emotional state — pain, joy, anger, pride. Kerim Ragimov asks the question, what is humanism in the era of mass media, when an event does not exist, it is created, when history does not have a priori reliability, it is constructed before our eyes by the media.

Victor Misiano wrote: “Working mainly in the technique of painting, Kerim Ragimov does not consider his canvases as independent easel works. He thinks in conglomerates of works - series, cycles, projects, sometimes open in their development. Thus, the “Human Project” he started in 1993 remains unfinished to this day and is replenished with new works. Ragimov defines it as work in progress, i.e. as a work adequate to the totality of all created and not yet created works.

View of exhibition «Reality horizons», Muhka, Antwerp, Belgium. 2003.

View of exhibition «Reality horizons», Muhka, Antwerp, Belgium. 2003.

"Human project" exhibition at Multimedia Art Museum Moscow, 2018.

"Human project" exhibition at Multimedia Art Museum Moscow, 2018.

”Crystallizations. Contemporary art from Saint Petersburg”, Exhibition, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku, Finland, 2014.

The very same images of the "Human Project" - as mentioned above - go back to magazine publications, completely different in genre and character. These picturesque images can be in color or black and white, in full accordance with their photographic source. By genre, these can be photo reports of a political chronicle or photographs for secular headings, these can be family photographs or historical photographic documents, the characters of these photographs may be well known and recognizable or completely unknown and not recognizable. Finally, these may not be photographs, but still frames from films or reproductions of paintings that reached Ragimov in the form of photo reproductions.

Human Project. Episode #28

text 2 and portrait

Kerim Ragimov.

Human project. Episode #28. 

2006. Oil on canvas. 180 × 248 cm.

 

Originally photo was taken from magazine. It depicts farmers in

Cangnan County, Wenzhou, in East China's Zhejiang Province,

brave the storm as Typhoon Haitang swept through China's

coastal provinces in 2005, bringing with it heavy rains and 126

km/h winds.

In 2006 "Human project" was supplemented with new image -

Episode #28. After many years, this work lose the status of

"chronicle photo" and contributes to the collection of

"Humanity as a whole" characters created by Kerim Ragimov.

 

 

 

Human Project. Episode #41

text 2 and portrait

Kerim Ragimov.

Human project. Episode #41. 

2010. Oil on canvas. 200×267 cm.

Human Project. Episode #47-1

text 2 and portrait

Kerim Ragimov.

Human project. Episode #47-1. 

2021. Oil on canvas. 200 × 260 cm.

Human Project. Episode #34

text 2 and portrait

Kerim Ragimov.

Human project. Episode #34. 

2007. Oil on canvas. 189×259 cm.

Human Project. Episode #31

text 2 and portrait

Kerim Ragimov.

Human project. Episode #31. 

2007. Oil on canvas. 189×292 cm.

How to save the world in 7 steps by Kerim Ragimov:

 

•To be born in USSR in 1970. Have you heard, it`s the northern country populated by people with messianic consciousness.

•To get addicted to Bruce Lee and his Tao Jeet Koon Do, according to which there is no better style than to reach the goal in the shortest way. 

•To become an artist and to realize in 1994 that artist`s main objective is overcoming beginningles and endless stream of images of flooding the world - even in pre-internet, print era. 

•To invent "Human project" series as a way to resist media flow. To choose a human as a main subject of your discipline, and a group of humans as a unit of measurement in your work. To appropriate images from media flow with archaic scrupulous painting practice. To use the renouncement of authorship as one of the methods of your work. 

•To find an answer to the question of wheather it`s possible to reach the very core of existence by sliding on the surface of images. 

•To manage to draw the maximum amount of portraits in your lifetime. That is to live as long as possible constantly re-drawing reality. 

•Bingo! The World is saved. If you still do not feel yourself fully safe, try to find your own way.