This year the project is expanding its geography: art objects by the participants will appear in locales far away from the centre of the capital.
And new points of attraction will appear on the artistic map of Moscow.
For the second time in a row the ‘Here and Now’ annual review of contemporary art takes place outside the walls of museums and galleries. Works by its participants are placed on squares and streets, harmoniously integrating into the existing urban landscape and bringing contemporary art closer to the city’s inhabitants.
This year the project is expanding its geography: art objects by the participants will appear in locales far away from the centre of the capital. And new points of attraction will appear on the artistic map of Moscow.
For the second time in a row the ‘Here and Now’ annual review of contemporary art takes place outside the walls of museums and galleries. Works by its participants are placed on squares and streets, harmoniously integrating into the existing urban landscape and bringing contemporary art closer to the city’s inhabitants.

Objectives of the project

‘Here and Now’ is the story of how art can change not only central districts, but also entirely typical residential areas. The works by contemporary artists transform the familiar landscape, changing ordinary squares and streets into original, lively places in constant dialogue with the architectural landscape of the capital.
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To support Moscow artists.
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To show how the decentralization of metropolitan areas gives them a new impetus for development.
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To involve the residents of different urban areas in a study of the history of Moscow and interest them in the cultural life of the city with master classes, lectures, meetings, discussions and exhibitions.
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To demonstrate clearly how contemporary art objects can organically fit into the urban space, enriching and becoming a natural part of it.
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Objectives of the project

‘Here and Now’ is the story of how art can change not only central districts, but also entirely typical residential areas. The works by contemporary artists transform the familiar landscape, changing ordinary squares and streets into original, lively places in constant dialogue with the architectural landscape of the capital.
To support Moscow artists.
To show how the decentralization of metropolitan areas gives them a new impetus for development.
To involve the residents of different urban areas in a study of the history of Moscow and interest them in the cultural life of the city with master classes, lectures, meetings, discussions and exhibitions.
To demonstrate clearly how contemporary art objects can organically fit into the urban space, enriching and becoming a natural part of it.

Objects


Adil Aliyev often refers to the theme of childhood in his works: these memories serve as a constant source of inspiration for him. The sculptor has created a series of ‘images from childhood’ depicting famous people – Napoleon, Yuri Gagarin, Mikhail Kutuzov and Alexander Suvorov. In each of these he conveys the recognizable character traits and aspirations that made the hero of the sculpture famous, whether this is the emperor’s cocked hat or a toy rocket. For the ‘Here and Now’ project, Adil Aliyev created a new image for this cycle that is, according to him, both nostalgic and symbolic. The fisher boy depicted is standing at a crossroads: he is childishly carefree, but ready to step into an unknown future. His appearance in the capital is like an invitation to reflect on how the image of Moscow is being formed and transformed, and how the childhood memories and birthplaces of those who transform the city are intertwined with their present and future.

In Adil Aliyev’s hands metal undergoes a metamorphosis, acquiring not only the desired shape, but also filling the space. Whether it is the figure of a violinist playing for a seal on the shore of a Finnish lake or a soldier returning from the war (this sculpture has been erected on a square in Kashin), Aliyev’s works naturally integrate into the surrounding landscape, becoming an integral part of it. Adil spent his childhood in his father’s workshop and studied at the Surikov Institute (MGAKhI) in the workshop of Alexander Rukavishnikov. He won an award at Russian Art Week in 2015 with his graduation piece, the sculpture ‘Golden Boy/Kintarō’; worked as a resident of the Garage Museum workshops and art residencies programme 2019-2020; and in 2018 participated in the Palette of Silence festival at the exhibition space of the Kazansky Railway Station in the capital. The sculptor’s works have been exhibited in Germany, Monaco, Korea, Spain and France.
About the author

About THE work
Adil Aliyev
‘Fisher Boy’
Zaryadye Park