Aslan Gaisumov (Grozny, Chechnya, 1991) lives and works in Grozny and Amsterdam. In Aslan Gaisumov’s works there is a lot to see and what we see is in clear focus. Our visual sense is fully engaged by his photographs, installations and films. Yet he stages his images in such a way that we as viewers also feel that something is missing or left out of the frame. This aesthetic and conceptual strategy sharpens our visual perception by making it more reflexive and conscious of what is included and excluded. If perceived from this point of view, Gaisumov’s works become experiments in both seeing and not seeing. They are constructed around the fuzzy borderline between presence and absence, appearance and disappearance, accessibility and disclosure, availability and loss.
Recent exhibitions include: If No One Asks, CAG Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver, CA, 2019); Crystals and Shards, Kohta Kunsthalle, (Helsinki, FI, 2018); Beautiful world, where are you?, Liverpool Biennial (Liverpool, UK, 2018); Everything Was Forever Until It Was No More, 1st Riga Biennale (Riga, LV, 2018); All That You See Here, Forget, Emalin (London, UK, 2018); I Am a Native Foreigner, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, NL, 2017); How To Live Together, Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna, AT, 2017); and People of No Consequence, Museum of Contemporary Art M HKA (Antwerp, BE, 2016).