Submission
Daria Gitmanovich

The Dreamers

NK Gallery is pleased to invite you to see Daria Gitmanovich's expo 'The Dreamers'. The show consists of the new body of work that takes on the tradition of figurative and portrait painting in order to explore female subjectivity and its representation in the contemporary culture, while at the same time celebrating painting and opening up a discussion about the possibilities of figuration in it today.


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Daria Gitmanovich, Euphoria girls, 2020, Oil on canvas, 200 x 180 cm
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Daria Gitmanovich, Dasha at the studio, 2020, Oil on canvas, 190 x 170 cm
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Daria Gitmanovich, Barbie, 2020, Oil on canvas, 110 x 100 cm
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Daria Gitmanovich, Tahmina in Moscow, 2020, Oil on canvas, 190 x 130 cm
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Daria Gitmanovich, Untitled (Flower shoe, graffiti wall), 2019, Oil on canvas 190 x 140 cm
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Daria Gitmanovich, Untitled, 2020, Oil on canvas, 170 x 120 cm
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Daria Gitmanovich, Summer/ The sacred book of werewolf, 2020, Oil on canvas, 190 x 140 cm
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Daria Gitmanovich, Snow in March, 2020, Oil and pigment on canvas, 200 x 150 cm
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Daria Gitmanovich, Never let you go, 2020, Oil on canvas, 190 x 150 cm
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Exhibition view I
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Exhibition view II
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Exhibition view III
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Exhibition view IV
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Exhibition view V

‘The works often find their starting point in the immediate experience of the world around – fragments of the everyday life, social situations that I can emotionally relate to and their visual representation in the media and pop culture. Taking visual clues from different sources such as images of friends, screenshots of strangers on the instagram, pictures from fashion magazines and video stills, I then interpret them in a way that creates my own fiction.
‘Taken out of their original context, the characters become imaginary and dream-like. Sometimes isolated, sometimes as a group, they reflect the time of uncertainty that we live in now, longing for a human connection and yet finding peace in the solitude. However, there is neither a back story, nor a future one, but they are caught somewhere in-between, thus allowing openness that is not bound to a particular interpretation. Just like a vignette that is descriptive, but free of a narrative as such, I’m interested in constructing an image that does not tell a story as a whole, but confronts the viewer with the scale of the canvas and gives cues through the materiality of paint. In exploring the surface, literal and fictional, I am questioning how it can translate a feeling and create associations, at the same time challenging the process of painting itself.

As a young woman, I am drawn to the question of femininity and how it is understood and represented in our culture today and I find much of the visual inspiration in the contemporary fashion and the enigma that follows it. Looking closely at fashion, which can be reflective of the time, I am particularly interested in how some garments can be ‘shields and mirrors’ to quote Helene Cixous from her ‘Sonia Rykiel in Translation’ essay. Quite often the characters of my work are found wearing men’s or unisex clothes, or the clothes are almost too big, the body is hidden. I wonder, if that makes them any less feminine. Yet, there is a certain self-awareness and calmness about their poses, they are in control of the gaze of the viewer and have a sense of autonomy. It may be that what I try to paint is a space where states of vulnerability and power exist at the same time. Textures, color and materiality of their clothing allow me to investigate that further while being engaged with painting on a formal level. Much of it is about ‘figuring it out’ and trying to make sense of the world, but ultimately, the goal is to create a work that has a life of its own.

THE TITLE
‘I was thinking of titling the show ‘The Dreamers’ which relates collectively to the characters and their psychological state in the painting and will translate the mood of the show, analyzing the outside and the inside. Especially coming out of the post-covid climate, I want to create something that is positive and hopeful, but at the same time being aware that the world has changed and therefore ‘dreaming’ about how it once was and what it will be like again.
 
And it is not so much about each individual character/portrait in the work (it never has been btw in my work about the portrait) but the paintings are these dream-like states and almost like a painting is a being and a character in itself.
 
The title ‘the dreamers’ then opens up a possibility for paintings to have different themes/scenes within each individual work not being bound by a particular story, but creating many different ones. They will be connected in a way by the choice of composition, color and the scale of the work but I am thinking it will be interesting to have different type of work in the show. Hopefully the works will have a conversation with each other when they are together in the space.’ –

DARIA GITMANOVICH