Contemporary Art Speaking Different Languages
Launching the Week of Culture at the EWC web-portal
Modern people start increasingly interact with one another. They unite in order to address common tasks and exchange their ideas and thoughts. In this regard, the role of art as a universal language understandable to representatives of different countries becomes only stronger. The Eurasian Women’s Community news agency launches the Week of Culture. We will daily publish articles about women who contribute to development of cultural dialogue between people of different ages, professions, and nationalities. We start the Week of Culture with an interview with an art critic Olga Baranova. The expert told us about the peculiarities of contemporary art.
Olga Baranova - art critic, member of the Moscow Culturology Society, member of the Russian Philosophical Society, Head of Department of Design of the Institute for the Humanities and Information Technologies
“One of the basic tasks of art is to impress. It must influence people. Contemporary art greatly performs this task”, believes Olga Baranova.
Despite its avant-garde nature, contemporary art is closely related to the history of world culture. It also touches upon the eternal topics. One of them is studying the human nature, the interaction of the human and environment, human and divine nature. At the same time, globalisation and technology innovations provide new opportunities for artists’ work and give them new pictorial instruments. Contemporary art speaks different languages, has a wide range of tools to influence the viewers.
“Art in all its diversity is the integral part of life of reflective people who are thinking and creating. Studying the pieces of art, we at the same time learn geography, languages, and history. This helps us become closer to residents of other countries and better understand them”, emphasizes Ms. Baranova.
It is important for Olga Baranova as a professional to teach people to see and feel the beauty around them, immerse in the world of art. As a lecturer, she strives to bring up the new generation’s basis of perception, thanks to which they can independently develop and enrich themselves culturally.
Contemporary art is open to dialogue with viewers. As emphasized by Ms. Baranova, museum and exhibition spaces have changed the model of interaction with visitors in the 21st century. Today those are not only the places where one can find pieces of art.
Contemporary museums have educational centres, libraries, concert halls, and coworking venues. Those are spaces for self-development, self-understanding, and creative interaction between people.
Days of Contemporary Art (DOCA) festival is one of representative projects related to this field. The festival is annually held in Moscow in spring.
“DOCA is a unique environment for collaboration. The project gives the opportunity to immerse into the space, which is relevant, unvarnished, and filled with ideas”, comments Olga Baranova.
This year, DOCA will take place on April 20-21. The festival will demonstrate a truly uniting power of art.
The participants and guests of the project include people of different ages and occupations from Russia and other countries, for example, Germany, Belgium, Italy, and the USA.
Within the Week of Culture, we will publish articles about many artists taking part in the festival who are modern, bright, and talented women who not only bring the beautiful to our world but also help build international communication.
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Anna Repina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov