Zhanna Kadyrova ceramic tile artist exhibition

Confounding Ceramic Clothing

Ukrainian artist Zhanna Kadyrova is re-purposing tiles in a way you have to see to believe. It started with second-hand tiles found in São Paulo in 2014 but she has since made use of tiles from Soviet-era buildings in her native Ukraine, decorated a mannequin with materials from Chernobyl, and most recently has used tiles from an old Venetian hotel to craft her masterpieces.

Zhanna Kadyrova ceramic artist exhibition
PERMISO PARA EL CÓCTEL exhibition views Galleria Continua, Habana. Photo Credit: Nestor Kim Image courtesy the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana


But this is not your average mosaic work. Kadyrova crafts these materials into clothing- t-shirts, shorts, jackets, dresses, and even socks and underwear. She collected the durable tiles from a range of sources, such as the Darnitski Silk Factory, Havana streets, and a Chernobyl bus station. They have been expertly formed and placed on hangers where they can be properly displayed.

Zhanna Kadyrova ceramic tile artist exhibition
Second Hand – Image courtesy: the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana Photo credit: Christian Vorhofer
Zhanna Kadyrova ceramic tile artist exhibition
Second Hand – Image courtesy: the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana Photo credit: Christian Vorhofer

The project, titled Second Hand, is ongoing. At the Venice Art Biennale this year tiles collected from Hotel All’Angelo have been re-purposed into a range of clothing items which hang on a clothesline across the canal. Kadyrova’s work is presented by Galleria Continua, which whom she also displays another unique take on tile use.

Zhanna Kadyrova ceramic tile artist exhibition
Second Hand – Image courtesy: the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana Photo credit: Christian Vorhofer
Zhanna Kadyrova ceramic tile artist exhibition
PERMISO PARA EL CÓCTEL exhibition views Galleria Continua, Habana Image courtesy: the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana Photo credit: Nestor Kim

Market, which began in 2017 is an full-scale market stall with produce crafted entirely from ceramic tiles, cement, mirror and natural stone. The display features bright mosaic fruit, including bananas, watermelons, pomegranates and papayas, as well as vegetables and a whole raft of charcuterie.

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Market (ongoing project) 2017-2019 ceramic tiles, cement, mirror and natural stone Image courtesy: the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana Photo by: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio Zhanna Kadyrova, artist invited to the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia May You Live In Interesting Times, installation view Giardini, 2019
Zhanna Kadyrova ceramic tile artist exhibition
Market (ongoing project) 2017-2019 ceramic tiles, cement, mirror and natural stone Image courtesy: the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana Photo by: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio Zhanna Kadyrova, artist invited to the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia May You Live In Interesting Times, installation view Giardini, 2019

These are ceramic tiles as you’ve never seen them before, and they are truly excellent.

Zhanna Kadyrova ceramic tile artist exhibition
Market (ongoing project) 2017-2019 ceramic tiles, cement, mirror and natural stone Image courtesy: the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana Photo by: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio Zhanna Kadyrova, artist invited to the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia May You Live In Interesting Times, installation view Giardini, 2019

Zhanna Kadyrova’s work is on show at the Venice Art Biennale in the Central Pavillion/Arsenale. The event runs from 11/05/2019 until 24/11/2019.

Zhanna Kadyrova
Galleria Continua
Venice Art Biennale

A new post by Hanna Simpson, Diary of a Tile Addict, September 2019.

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