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    "Prisoners" of which I curated the layout
Asolo Art Film Festival exhibitions 2012
Sale Regina Cornaro, Asolo, IT
exhibition design: Max Foytik

"Prisoners" of which I curated the layout will be open to the public in Galleria Gobbato of Asolo from 18th August. The solo exhibition by Olga Chagaoutdinova is linked to the parallel collective photography exhibition. It includes a series of portraits of Russian female prisoners and a video installation. The series “prisoners,” that begun in 2005 and went on for two years, consists of psychological portraits taken in a women’s prison in the Russian Far East. The intent of the project is to observe human existence in a panoptic and punishing environment. Long interviews with the prisoners have allowed the artist to investigate the notion of personal identity, virtually extinguished under the pressure and rules of the penal system. Gender issues and the official suppression of sexuality within the penitentiary system constitute a further aspect of her study.