All pencil, collage and inkjet-print on paper
Years 2013 - 2019
LAUFBILDER / RUNNING IMAGES
The artist duo Nana Bastrup (b. 1987 in Copenhagen) and Matvey Slavin (b. 1987 in St. Petersburg) have been working together since their joint performance in 2012, when they placed sixteen baby spiders onto the outdoor plateau of the Galerie der Gegenwart in Hamburg next to Louise Bourgeois’s large-format spider sculpture Maman exhibited there at the time. They called their piece Enfants Terrible and have kept this name for their collaborations.
In their collective works, they have developed a unique interconnection between the documentation and creation of art, which they themselves define in the manner of the Dadaists as Laufbilder or ‘motion pictures’, which are intended for presentation on the floor and thus for being walked upon by visitors. The term Laufbilder also denotes that the works are continuous in a chronological sense as well as being specific representations of their own progressing career as artists. The method for producing these works is equally complex: inkjet prints of photographs of previous exhibitions or performances on recycling paper, collage interventions carried out by Nana Bastrup, and pencil drawings added by Matvey Slavin are united in prints on PVC tarp, leaving color test patterns visible on the bottom and side margins.
This procedure results in the rendition of “digital Gobelins” [dimensions: c. 250 x 300 cm], which recall classic tapestries, but in reality are printed advertising banners with loops.
Slavin’s fragile and scurrilous arsenal of figurations goes beyond a purely documentary approach, lending the works a narrative dimension—a story which is transposed into the realm of the fantastic, but which has actually taken place. By cutting into, extracting, and exposing elements, which she combines with delicate lines and color rhythms, Bastrup creates new contexts for the figures staged by Slavin in the spatial situations.
Enfants Terribles is an artist duo consisting of Nana Rosenørn Holland Bastrup (short: Nana Bastrup) (born 1987) and Matvey Slavin (born 1987). The duo was founded in Hamburg in 2012.
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