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Aslan Gaisumov

People of No Consequence

IN SITU: Aslan Gaisumov - People of No Consequence

Aslan Gaisumov is developing an oeuvre that feeds on, but also transforms and transcends, personal and collective memory. His works are poised between visual immediacy and social commentary, between the momentary and the monumental. They are mostly videos and installations incorporating found and purposely crafted objects, but sometimes he also exhibits photographs and works on paper.

People of No Consequence is the title Gaisumov chose for his newest video installation, a single shot of a group of seniors – who have all experienced the deportation of the entire Chechen people to Central Asia 72 years ago – gathering for the first time. He reuses the title for this constellation of three recent works, which also includes the video installation Volga (2015) and the three-dimensional work Household (2016).

Collection: Courtesy of the Artist and KROMUS+ZINK, Berlin.

2 wooden crates, 139 × 145 × 195 cm and 116 × 152 × 209 cm, with household objects belonging to the artist’s family:

5 tarpaulin sheets from UNICEF
3 wood-and-gas-fired heaters
5 chimney pipes for heaters
2 pushcarts
1 metal-mesh bed
7 felt mattresses
9 down duvets
8 wool blankets
5 down pillows
2 felt pillows
10 pillowcases
21 sheets
5 towels
2 oilcloths
8 curtains
6 rugs
2 wooden tables
4 metal chairs
5 wooden stools
1 washing machine
1 gas stove
1 TV set
1 antenna for TV set
11 cooking pans
10 lids for cooking pans and buckets
2 tea kettles
1 teapot
2 plastic buckets
1 enamelled bucket
4 pitchers
12 aluminium cups
19 aluminium mugs
16 aluminium plates
2 aluminium trays
34 ceramic plates
11 ceramic cups
2 ceramic sugar bowls
5 plastic canisters
8 plastic basins
2 enamelled basins
3 plastic mugs
4 plastic sieves
6 plastic containers
1 plastic hand washer
1 thermos flask
7 frying pans
2 drying racks for crockery
3 drying racks for cutlery
2 soup ladles
2 skimmers
1 rolling pin
2 beaters
1 masher
22 spoons
1 wooden spoon
14 forks
10 knives
1 knife sharpener
1 can opener
1 can sealer
1 soap tray
2 ravioli cutters
2 cutting boards
1 hairbrush
2 shoe brushes
3 extension cords
13 candle sticks
1 iron
1 ironing board
1 electric heater
1 shoe rack
3 down jackets
2 pieces of linoleum
4 framed photographs
fabric
string
plywood

Aslan Gaisumov

People of No Consequence

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