30 Jan 2018

PNI, London

Artist Talk: Tobias Zielony in conversation with Arielle Bier

Tuesday 30th January: 6.30 - 8pm

Free and open to public, no need for RSVP


Following on from the opening of Project Native Informant's CONDO show, Tobias Zielony will discuss his most recent body of work, Maskirovka, with the writer and critic Arielle Bier.

Berlin-based Zielony‘s new work produced in Ukraine between 2016-2017 focuses on the underground queer and techno scene in Kyiv in the aftermath of Euromaidan and the 2014 Revolution. The series is titled Maskirovka, describing a Russian military doctrine, developed from the start of the twentieth century, covering a broad range of measures for military deception, from camouflage to imitation with decoys and dummies. In the advent of social and political instability and increasing reactionary movements against marginalized communities,deception, denial and disinformation become essential tactics of survival. The images convey scenes of radical intimacy and eroticism as in Lybid (2017). Tattoos, garments and bodily postures enclose secret selves revealed in their hiding. Everything is possible but nothing seems to be real.

Arielle Bier a US/UK writer, art critic, and curator based in London. Her writing is widely published in contemporary art and culture publications including Artforum, Art-Agenda, Art in America, Art Review, Artsy, Berlin Art Link, e-flux, Frieze, Metropolis M, and Modern Painters, among others. She contributed artist texts to 'Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art' from Phaidon and 'Astral Bodies' from the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, worked as an editor for the 30th anniversary transmediale festival for art and digital culture, and is currently editing the forthcoming publication 'Städelschule Lectures' for the Städelschule in Frankfurt.