Nomadic Gallery «Уurt» presents «Shamanism in contemporary art»

art | video | music & performance
by WhiteBalanceGroup 2012
Concept: Vasilina Verdi, Arnold Zheleztsov

Cultural Background:
from surrealism and performance art of 60s to psychodelic shamanism of 70’s

There’s always been a need for the shaman. The Shamanic tradition releases those mental and cultural bonds we acquire, allowing us to see our own true nature, freed from cultural programming. Despite political, moral and legal pressures, modern society has produced a number of shamans who have broken through the social program and brought back an important message for those of us with open minds. Many of these Contemporary shamans have had to go public, using modern media, to get the message out.media_yurt_Art_Fair_Moscow

“My painting is visible images which conceal nothing; they evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question ‘What does that mean’? It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing either, it is unknowable.” Rene Magritte


Neal Cassady by Jen Rog                                       Ken Kessey. Magic Bus


I like America and America likes me. Joseph Beuys, 1974

«Joseph Beuys is like a patron saint of shamans in the art world» — A.A. Bronson (2008). Since the 60s, Shamanism has spread into the mainstream notion of spirituality and become creative inspiration for artists in very field. German artist Joseph became one the pioneers of artists who adopted the character of shamans within their work. According to Beuys, during the second world war when he served as a German pilot, he was shot down over the Crimea. He then was saved by a group of indigenous people who covered him in animal fat and felt, gave him shelter and looked after him until he recovered. In relation to his, we can see felt and fat becoming a reoccurring elements in his works, symbolizing survival and being primitive.


Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic. Keith Haring

Russian spiritual art and shamanism

In situation when any religious or political discourses became tabooed in Russian art scene it is time to turn to our archaic beliefs and roots. As well it is time to find new form of art spaces in situation when some influential galleries curtailed their activities. Nomadic gallery Yurt — is mobile, antique and hi-tech space for the actual art shows. In compare with regional art-scene in Russia — such marginal projects like «The Pit» (gallery in the natural pit in Krasnodar region by KISI art group), «Trash» (non-commercial gallery by Sergey Gorshkov in Voronezh), «The Corner» gallery in Izhevsk, «The Forest» gallery in Nizhny Novgorod, «The Bunker» temporary squat in Novosibirsk, «Poor Town» by D. Muratov in Omsk etc. The names of the galleries shows the very marginal essence of russian art scene over all Russia and reflect the situation around art. Yurt — is just another version of non-official art space, the variation of temporary squat, gypsy van or abandoned house. Yurt is mobile and very comfortable in compare with any other types of paupers’art galleries.

Media Yurt is a space and time ship, equipped with examples of russian spiritual art. It is an art object itself — full of sound, video, exponates and people.


Oleg Kulik. Gobi Test


Damir Muratov. United States of Siberia

dlina dykh

The length of Breath


Alexander Gnutov. Animal Style


German Vinogradov. Bikaponia


Andrey Kolosov. Body

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Yuri Balashov. Ready made art


Marina Perchikhina. Hole


Archeopterix art society (Izhevsk)


Vera Sazhina. Shaman performance


Sergey de Rocambole. Labirynth


Hermes Zygott

Media yurt: pre-view

Example of media yurt produced by WhiteBalanceGroup, presented on the Earth Day, 2012 in the Moscow House of Nationalities.
In this case the installation was devoted to the Far North regions of Russia: peoples and culture.

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