Taus Makhacheva

Taus Makhacheva, Tightrope (film still), 2015. Image courtesy the artist

Taus Makhacheva, Tightrope (film still), 2015. Image courtesy the artist

Taus Makhacheva (b. 1983, Moscow, Russia) lives and works in Moscow, Russia. Despite being born in Moscow, Makhacheva’s cultural origins are in Dagestan, which often informs her practice. She works with different media including installation and performance, but is predominately known for her videos, often exploring notions of truth relating to cultural authenticity and assimilation following the Sovietisation of Dagestan. Her video piece Tightrope (2015) is a complex work that plays on the delicate relationships between art history, politics, past and contemporary culture.

For her new Liverpool Biennial commission, Taus Makhacheva will create, in collaboration with artist Alexander Kutovoi, a ruin-like sculptural installation that will serve as a spa. The installation will incorporate ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) techniques and video. A new range of beauty products will be developed with Tigran Geletsyan from 22|11 Cosmetics for spa treatments. Through auditory-tactile synaesthesia and an overarching holistic approach, the spa will provide a heightened experience, combining three registers of stimulation: the intellectual, the physical and the emotional. The work reflects upon the contemporary condition that consists of screens and membranes, anxiety and loss of intimacy. In response to this passive state, the visitor becomes a sculptural subject. 

Recent exhibitions include 57th Venice Biennale, Italy (2017); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2016); 13th Shanghai Biennial, China (2016); Kyiv Biennial, Ukraine (2015); 4th and 6th Moscow Biennale, Russia (2011 and 2015); Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia (2014); Sharjah Biennial 11, UAE (2013); and Liverpool Biennial, UK (2012).


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