Alina Chaiderov. A new memory is made | illy Present Future Prize 2015 Exhibition

From 04 November 2016 to 05 March 2017

Curated by Marianna Vecellio


Born in St Petersburg in 1984, Alina Chaiderov soon moved with her family to Sweden, where she resides today, in Gothenburg and Stockholm.

From 2005 to 2010 she attended the Stockholm University, devoting herself to the study of various disciplines such as sociology, the history of nationalism and ethnic conflicts, neuropsychology, and art history, finally graduating in fine arts from the Valand Academy, in Gothenburg, in 2015.

Through an evocative and poetic language, the artist creates installations that highlight the hidden, poetic and symbolic dimension of things. Her works are simple constructs: stripped-down, clear sculptures that seem to emerge from the nebulousness of the everyday and from the world around her and to reprogramme the dimension of the present through a reading that thrives on discovery and revelation. In search of the truth, they narrate the here and now, reflecting the contradictions between ambiguity and logic, thought and paradox, process, and experience. Chaiderov’s pieces are made with everyday materials such as tubular steel elements, basketballs, inner tubes, concrete bricks, magazines and newspapers, sheets and bananas. They are conceptual reflections through which the artist brings into relationship her own personal life and the great events of history, in order to create an entirely new memory.

For the Castello di Rivoli, on the occasion of her first solo exhibition at an art institution, Chaiderov – winner of the illy Present Future Prize 2015, awarded during last year’s edition of Artissima – has created an installation that effectively communicates and corresponds with the exhibition space: an intimate hall dominated by a large, semi-circular window overlooking the open atrium of the museum. The artist has created a completely new work for the occasion that brings together the different aspects that make up her artistic practice: the attention to space, the interest in the material and its ductility, time as a personal and metaphysical dimension and, finally, the body as a locus for the recording of experience, suffering and catharsis.

At a young age, Alina Chaiderov (St. Petersburg, Russia, 1984) moved with her family to Sweden, where she currently resides, in both Gothenburg and Stockholm. From 2005 to 2010 she attended university and was interested in many subjects: from sociology to the history of nationalism and ethnic conflicts, from neuropsychology to art history. In 2015, she earned a diploma in Fine Arts from the Valand Academy of Gothenburg.

The technical jury, which assembled for Artissima 2015 and is composed of Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (Director, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli and GAM Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin), Daniel Baumann (Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich), Dieter Roelstraete (documenta 14, Kassel), and Maurizio Morra Greco (collector, Naples), has awarded the illy Prize to Alina Chaiderov for the following reason: The 2015 edition of the illy Present Future Prize has been awarded to Alina Chaiderov for her complex exploration of Soviet memories, carried out through the unabashed lens of sculpture regarding everyday life.



From 04 November 2016 to 05 March 2017