Aslan Gaisumov

Aslan Gaisumov, Keicheyuhea (video still), 2017. Image courtesy the artist

Aslan Gaisumov, Keicheyuhea (video still), 2017. Image courtesy the artist

Aslan Gaisumov (b. 1991, Grozny, Chechnya) lives and works in Grozny. Gaisumov is developing an oeuvre that feeds on, but also transforms and transcends, personal and collective memory. His works are poised between visual immediacy and social commentary, between the momentary and the monumental. They are mostly videos and installations incorporating found and purposely crafted objects, but sometimes also photographs and works on paper. 

For Liverpool Biennial 2018, Aslan Gaisumov will be presenting three video works at Victoria Gallery & Museum, the Playhouse theatre and St George’s Hall. Each explores the struggles and turbulent histories of the Chechen people as a result of their displacement at the hands of Russian forces. The single-shot video People of No Consequence (2016) documents the gathering of a group of elderly men and women, all survivors of the 1944 Soviet deportation of the Chechen and Ingush nations to Central Asia. Volga (2015) restages events of 1995, as 21 people cram into a single car (the titular ‘Volga’) to flee from bombs dropped on occupied Grozny. Gaisumov’s most recent work, Keicheyuhea (2017), follows the artist’s grandmother into the mountainous scenery of the North Caucasus as she returns to her lost homeland for the first time since the displacement of her family 73 years earlier.

Recent exhibitions include Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2017); Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, USA (2017); Museum of Modern Art, Antwerp, Belgium (2016); Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany (2016); Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium (2015); Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2014); and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2014). In 2014, he was awarded the Special Prize of the Future Generation Art Prize of the Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, and in 2016 the Innovation Prize of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Moscow, Russia.

Address

Victoria Gallery & Museum
University of Liverpool
Ashton Street
Liverpool
L69 3DR

www.liv.ac.uk/vgm

Address

St George's Hall
St George's Place
Liverpool
L1 1JJ

www.stgeorgesliverpool.co.uk