Baida is a video of a performance that was to take place daily during the 57th Venice Biennale (2017) in the open waters of the Adriatic Sea, where several performers were supposed to appear and disappear on a capsized boat transported from the Caspian Sea of Dagestan to the open sea in front of the Venice lagoon. The performance was solely addressed to the biennial visitors via the co÷rdinates of the event, and never actually took place. The work evolved from multiple conversations that the artist had with various fishermen living in the village of Starii Terek of Dagestan and working on the Caspian Sea. A recurrent motif in their stories is the risk of being lost at sea and never being found. In the event that a boat capsizes, the fishermen tie themselves the prow so that their families will be able to find their bodies and mourn. The work reflects on the precarity of human lives struggling for survival, against overwhelming economic and natural forces. At the same it is a comment on the expectations and behaviour of art biennial visitors. The video is a fictionalized visit of the performance location by Biennial visitors during the opening days, scripted by Tim Etchells.
Makhacheva grew up in Dagestan, in the Caucasian part of Russia in which most of her works are rooted. The complex relationship between history, politics of memory and contemporary life, serve as starting point for most of the works.
Taus Makhacheva was born in Moscow in 1983. Her work has been included in Manifesta 12 Palermo (2018), the 57th Venice Biennale (2017) curated by Christine Macel, the 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art curated by Peter Weibel, and The Liverpool Biennial (2012) a.o. In 2014 she won the Future of Europe prize at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Leipzig.
Her works are in the collections of Tate Modern (London), MuHKA (Antwerp), Moscow Museum of Modern Art, National Centre for Contemporary Arts(Moscow), Sharjah Art Foundation (Sharjah), P.S. Gamzatova Dagestan Museum of Fine Art; Gazprombank Collection, Vehbi Koš Foundation (Istanbul), Yarat Foundation (Baku), Kadist Art Foundation (Paris, San Francisco); the collections of Uppsala Konstmuseum and Videosight Foundation (Turin), as well as many private collections in Russia and abroad.
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