05 November 2013

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: ENTER HERE

Emilia and Ilya Kabakov in the studio, 2013

Photo: Jacques De Melo

Ilya Kabakov installing Labyrinth, My Mother’s Album at The Garage, Moscow, 2008

AICA-USA board member Amei Wallach, known for her acclaimed film Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine, will present her latest documentary, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: ENTER HERE, for its U.S. theatrical premiere at Film Forum in New York City, November 13-26, 2013.

Wallach first met Ilya Kabakov in 1987 as she was researching a five-part series on the effects of perestroika on the arts. In 1996 she published the artist’s first biography: Ilya Kabakov: The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away (Abrams).  In Enter Here she traces the husband-and-wife team Ilya and Emilia Kabakov as they confront their tumultuous Soviet past in the dizzying tumult of post-Soviet Russia.  U.S. citizens for decades, they return to Moscow in 2008, where Ilya Kabakov had long been forbidden to show his work.  There the two prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity—to present six concurrent exhibitions in venues that range from alternative spaces to the Pushkin Museum. The film’s dynamic style reveals how Russia’s epic history of revolution and tyranny shaped the deeply personal backstory that animates and drives the Kabakovs’ art projects.

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: ENTER HERE is presented in collaboration with the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.  Presented by Festival "Diaghilev.P.S" and JTI. The film debuted in September 2013 at the Moscow Biennale; its North American premiere at Film Forum coincides with a New York City exhibition of work by the Kabakovs at Pace Gallery’s 57th Street space, on view through December 21, 2013.

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: ENTER HERE (2013, 102 minutes) Directed and produced by Amei Wallach. Ken Kobland, editor and cinematographer. Kipjaz Savoie, co-producer.  Mead Hunt, cinematographer.  With Robert Storr, Dr. Mikhail Piotrovsky, Matthew Jesse Jackson, and Dasha (Daria) Zhukova.

More information about the film, including a link to the trailer, is available at www.kabakovfilm.com.

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

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