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Street art rebels

Written by on Monday, 29 April 2013
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Burned roof of “Ilkhom” theater these days holds the Public Art exhibition «Refresh». The group of young artists worked on it under the guidance of renowned master Gabriel Specter, who included in the Top 50 of world Public Art artists ( by Complex Art+Design version).

For Uzbekistan this genre of art is a novelty. The streets and walls in Tashkent are not embellished with graffiti, and if any artist will dare to touch them with his brush or spray paint, it is most likely he will go on a tour to the nearest police station.

Therefore, the exhibition «Refresh» took place in some kind of cultural “reservation” -  hotel «Shodlik» kindly provided space, two empty floors above the “Ilkhom” theater.

However, even this “reservation” has it own “rebel”. This “rebel” is artist Alena Che. She risked her life, sneaking into the exhibition and drawing her work:

I came only on the 4th day of the project, because i was busy at work. Friends said that there’s plenty of room and persuaded to paint something. I really liked this idea, because i did not draw on the walls for a long time. Well, I climbed up, took a brush with paint, has selected the appropriate column and decided to “hang a handbag”. On a nail.

After 10 minutes, I was approached by Mr. Gabriel and he said that he was very surprised, because in fact it was necessary to consult with him, as they have concept, and everybody started to work from the first day. “You cannot just come here and start to draw” – he said. After another 15 minutes later he came up and said, “Nice”. And he let me leave my picture, he liked it.

And for me – so would be more such as I am, because it seems to me that this exhibition has not a lot of works … In my opinion. Probably not too many artists became involved because of the basic work, but as it turned out, it was possible to draw even at night. In short, I do not regret that I almost broke the concept of the exhibition with my bag.


Alena Che’s bag

Other works of the exhibition you can see in our photo report:

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