Regularly named among the top 10 living artists in the world Ilya and Emilia Kabakov are the ‘two most consequential artists to emerge from Russia since the 1920s’ (Robert Storr). They have worked together in the USA, where they live, since the late 1980s and are known for their complex large-scale projects and immersive ‘total’ installations. To date, together they have created nearly 200 of these total installations, which invite the viewer to become an active part of the work considering the meaning of utopia, the place of the artist, power, hope, fear, escapism, fantasy, and much more.
Ruth Copland will be talking to Emilia about what Utopia embodies for the Kabakovs, how their early life in the Soviet Union factors into their work, what painting offers different from installations, whether art should be life-affirming, if there is a spiritual aspect to their work, their recurring use of the metaphor of flight, how much the context of an art work matters, and the Kabakovs latest exhibition Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into the Future, which explores their pioneering place in the international story of conceptual art. The exhibition is currently at the State Hermitage, St Petersburg, having previously been at Tate Modern, London.
To listen to interview click here Emilia Kabakov Pt 2 | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 23 June).
This is the second in a two-part series of interviews with Emilia Kabakov. If you’d like to hear the other part click here Part 1 Emilia Kabakov | It's A Question of Balance
Exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through conversations with inspiring arts guests and out and about on the street, balancing the creative with the intellectual. It's A Question of Balance is on hiatus and will return later in June. In the meantime enjoy podcasts of the wonderful guests and interesting topic discussions on the show.
Previous guests include Pulitzer-prize-winning authors, Oscar-winning directors and actors, multi-platinum musicians, award-winning artists, and many more local, national, and international guests from all areas of the arts.
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Previous topic discussions include: Are some lives worth more than others? How much does your privacy matter? Should children be paid to learn? What happens if we characterise ourselves by our political party? Can sex be sacred? Should we edit humanity genetically? Can you be pro-life and pro-war? Who controls the end of life? Are we born good? Is money the best motivator? Should we limit the world population? What is a fair profit?
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What does tolerance mean? Is it necessary? What are the advantages of a tolerant society? How do we distinguish between what should and should not be tolerated? Should children be taught about tolerance at school?
Ruth Copland features her on-the-street interviews on the topic ‘What does tolerance look like?’ She also speaks about Ilya and Emilia Kabakov's remarkable art installation project with children around the world, The Ship of Tolerance (www.shipoftolerance.com)
To listen click here What Does Tolerance Look Like? | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast May 12).
The Museum Of Tolerance defines tolerance as:
1) A fair and objective attitude toward those whose opinions and practices differ from one’s own. 2) The commitment to respect human dignity.
Every person is both a purveyor and beneficiary of tolerance.
Depending on the day and one’s perspective, it can feel like our society is becoming more inclusive, caring and understanding, or that it is still mired in prejudice, cruelty and intolerance. What does tolerance mean to you? Have you examples of being tolerant towards others, or others treating you with respect? Is it a case of the Golden Rule, treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself? Or is it more complex than that? Should we be expected to tolerate all ways of being in the world? If not, how and where do we draw the line? What do you think?
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Photo: Ilya and Emilia's Ship of Tolerance photo by Daniel Hegglin
Actress and producer Marguerite Moreau and actor, writer producer Hus Miller, stars of the narrative feature film ‘You Can’t Say No’, are Ruth Copland’s guests on the show this week. ‘You Can’t Say No’ recently had its world premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley, California, and also stars Peter Fonda, Hamish Linklater and Julie Carmen, and is directed by Paul Kramer. Ruth talks to Marguerite and Hus about ‘You Can’t Say No’ and also about their first experiences of art, what attracted them to acting, and the power of film.
Click here to listen You Can't Say No | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast on May 5th)
Marguerite C Moreau is known for her roles in the fantasy horror film Queen of the Damned, cult film and now Netflix Series Wet Hot American Summer, Runaway Jury, and The Mighty Ducks series of films, as well as appearances on the popular television series Grey’s Anatomy, Smallville, Shameless and The O.C.
Hus Miller, who wrote and stars in ‘You Can’t Say No’ is an actor, writer and producer who has worked with Twentieth Century Fox, Skywalker Ranch, Park Pictures, Gunn Films, and CBS.
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Photo: Still from 'You Can't Say No'.