Taus Makhacheva: A Space of Celebration

Taus Makhacheva: A Space of Celebration

‘A Space of Celebration’ is a solo exhibition of artist Taus Makhacheva drawing largely on her body of installation, sound and performance works. It is the first survey show of the artist in West Asia. 

Makhacheva retells and remakes complex histories through a cast of characters and objects, including her alter ego, Super Taus. Her humorous and highly contextual installations involve dysfunctional exercise rooms, Soviet-era circuses, wedding halls and suspended mountain ranges. Makhacheva makes multiple voices and languages overlap. In one installation, a cacophony of voices from all over the world attests to superhero sightings. In another, objects recount their own stories of absence and disappearance, resisting unifying narratives. In the artist’s works, facts merge with myth and fiction, troubling the notion of authenticity and opening doors to the fantastical. 

Much of Makhacheva’s practice is grounded in the North Caucasus and the Caspian Sea, specifically in the Republic of Dagestan. Over the course of her practice, the artist looked repeatedly at the making and remaking of history and heritage, as the region was undergoing its post-Soviet era recomposition.

At Jameel Arts Centre, Makhacheva will present a new commission. Based on organic shapes, amusement parks and marine life, an inflatable work will playfully connect the indoors and outdoors spaces of the arts centre. 

About Taus Makhacheva

Taus Makhacheva (b.1983, Moscow) creates works that explore the restless connections between historical narratives and fictions of cultural authenticity. Often humourous, her art considers the resilience of images, objects and bodies emerging out of stories and personal experiences. Her methodology involves the reworking of materials, landscapes and monuments, pushing against walls, opening up ceilings and proliferating institutional spaces with a cacophony of voices.

Makhacheva holds a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths (2007) and has an MFA from the Royal College of Art (2013). 

Selected exhibitions include the Yokohama Triennale (2020), Lahore Biennale (2020), Kaunas Biennial (2019), Lyon Biennale (2019), Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (2018), Liverpool Biennial (2018), Manifesta (2018), Yinchuan Biennale (2018), Venice Biennale (2017), Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art (2017), Shanghai Biennale (2016), Kyiv Biennial (2015), Sharjah Biennial (2013) and the Moscow Biennale (2011). 

Selected сollections include the Centre Pompidou (Paris); The P. S. Gamzatova Dagestan Museum of Fine Arts (Makhachkala); KADIST (Paris, San Francisco); Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Moscow); Museum of Modern Art (Antwerp); Pushkin Museum (Moscow); Sharjah Art Foundation (Sharjah); Tate Modern (London); Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven).