Yulia Kazaova is a young Russian artist born in 1980 who studied fine arts and graphics at the Moscow school of arts and in Berlin at the Berliner Universität der Künste where she was a master student of Wolfgang Petrick. Her work has been shown in several countries and she is represented by galleries in Germany, Switzerland and Sao Paolo. The new Luxembourg representation showcases her international profile and successful career so far. Kazakova's paitings are sold out at fairs and can already be found in several private art collections.
The exhibition in Luxembourg will show works from different series of Kazakova's work, the Model Kit Series and the Industrial Series. In the Model Kit Series, the viewer will be looking at a painted collage of technical vehicles like busses, cars or ships combined with human figures which seem to be watching the vehicle. The graphic details of the work invite the observer of the painting to step into a world on its own where he will discover a contrast between the technical reality and human existence.
In the Industrial Series, Kazakova uses motives which refer to industrial sites that were once considered the triumph of technical development but which meanwhile have been reduced to a mere background in today's environment. In Kazakova's work there is a contextual dissociation of these industrial sites or objects followed by a subsequent transposition into another context. Kazakova puts a focus on the cultural reflection and understanding of these sites and objects beyond their function. The different layers, the different positions of elements and the specific features of industrial architecture are reflected in the style and the composition of the painting. Perspective plays a key role in the work of Kazakova. In her paintings she combines distance and proximity, background and foreground, lines and space.
Abstract elements are combined with realistically painted moments.
The topic of the Industrial Series is specifically interesting in a Luxembourg context as Luxembourg has a very strong industrial heritage and has been experiencing the retreat of steel industry in the last decades leaving numerous industrial ruins in the Luxembourg landscape. At the same time, the industrial buildings have become part of the lives of Luxembourg people and they have created a new reality for these sites by changing their functionality. Many of these sites have been converted into cultural sites like e.g. the Carré Rotondes, just up the street from where Kazakova's works will be on exhibition.