Gallerie Ron Mandos presents two exhibitions: I lean to you numb as a fossil. Tell me I’m here. by Nika Neelova and нарушитель (intruder) by Ine Lamers.


I lean to you numb as a fossil. Tell me I’m here. – Nika Neelova

Galerie Ron Mandos is proud to welcome Russian artist Nika Neelova for the first time to the gallery with the upcoming exhibition I lean to you numb as a fossil. Tell me I’m here. On view will be impressive architectural installations that inhabit both a sense of discomfort and nostalgia at the same time. With her sculptures Neelova explores the themes of memory and commemoration by bringing up remainders of history through architectural manifestations.

Nika Neelova’s work focuses on interweaving these recollections of the past with historical facts and fictional interpretations. In doing so she creates desolate environments that remind of decay and uninhabitable no-places in cities. Throughout her work Neelova is interested in recreating these sinister settings, often possessing the quality of cinematic stills, that have the feeling something just happened or something is about to happen. For this exhibition there will be a work from Fragments Shored Against the Ruins series, which is a striking installation hanging on the ceiling. Other types of works included are Commemorate and Principles of Infinity, that consists of two guardrails mounted together and distorted into abstract shapes and forms.

Nika Neelova was born in Moscow, Russia in 1987. She received a BA degree from the Royal Art Academy in The Hague and a Master of Fine Art, Sculpture from the Slade School of Art in London. After graduating she was awarded the Kenneth Armitage Young Sculptor Prize, the Land Security Prize Award and was the winner of the Saatchi New Sensations 2010.

нарушитель (intruder) – Ine Lamers

Galerie Ron Mandos is delighted to present нарушитель (intruder), a new series of photographs by our renowned Dutch artist Ine Lamers. For this new series Lamers went to Russia to explore so called ‘closed cities’, a remnant of the Soviet Union period, to find out more about the socialistic ideology which resonates in current Russia. The result in an intriguing and fascinating exhibition, which includes dark abstract analogue photographs that reflect a captivating yet suspense atmosphere.

This series is part of an artistic research project with references to anthropology and sociology, where Lamers tried to investigate how the socialistic utopia got its form in the Soviet Union. The closed cities are an interesting aspect of this ideology, because they were built in secret, not listed in maps, and were inaccessible for outsiders until the Soviet Union fell apart.  And some still are by vote of their inhabitants. Visiting the borders and investigating accesses to these towns made Lamers feel an intruder and with her camera she tried to capture this feeling of being watched. The outcome of this research is a series of analogue photographs that Lamers made during her stay in Krasnoyarsk, the town nearest to a closed city hidden in the forest of mid-Russia: Zheleznogorsk. Ine Lamers her project is supported by Centrum Beeldende Kunst Rotterdam research and development support.