A research project of the gallery’s artist Ilmira Bolotyan «Date in the Museum» was included in the long list of The Sergey Kuryokhin Award 2017 in the nomination «Best Visual Art Project».
The artist signed up for dating sites such as Mamba and Tinder and mentioned in her status that she invites men to the museum for an exhibition of contemporary art. Ilmira refused to meet outside of the institutions of contemporary art. Only 12 men agreed to meet with her! According to the project frameworks visit to the museum represents an act or a metaphor for seduction. All who accepted Ilmira’s suggestion to visit a museum had a strong desire to continue their relationship. They became participants without any glimpse of understanding the idea of the project. The goal of the project is to switch attention of its participants from the female objectification to the exposition, to turn a date with a female artist into the meeting which provide opportunity to get in touch with art. The moment of acquaintance with art is akin to flirting and discussions about exposition become dramatical interactions. Invitation to the institution sometimes gets interpret like insult. So all the participants get involved in peculiar relationship they never expected to.
“Date in the Museum” was presented in Fragment Gallery from the 25th of May till the 12 of July 2017.