Foreign artists to continue to collaborate with Russian Askeri Gallery
Though the West has been aiming to sanction every single thing affiliated with Russia, several artists from around the world have refused to drop out of the Askeri gallery.
Foreign artists are yet to halt collaborations with the Moscow-based Askeri Gallery despite the Western calls for boycotting all things Russian, in a bid to establish a pressure campaign on Russia over the war in Ukraine.
Askeri Gallery founder, Polina Askeri, revealed the news on Wednesday, though she noted that there have been issues with logistics.
Askeri highlighted how widespread the gallery is by pinpointing the globality of the artists working with it, saying her gallery did not only work with Russian artists, "but also with foreign artists. I have artists from France, Italy, Spain, the United States, the Dominican Republic, and South Korea."
She went on to disclose that she received calls from the artists to voice support for her gallery after the war started in Ukraine.
According to Askeri, the artists highlighted that the relationships built over the years were "much more important for them than the madness that is happening in the world. They all supported me, everyone stayed with our gallery, no one broke a single contract."
Askeri, though, explained at the Art Moscow forum that her gallery has been facing some problems with logistics, which required the postponement of exhibitions scheduled for spring-summer to fall-winter. She also added that in the near future, the gallery will exhibit the works of Russian artists.
The United States has been leading a bid to sanction Russia over the situation in Ukraine, rolling out, alongside its allies, comprehensive sanctions.
It has been argued many times that the anti-Russian sanctions reflected a sentiment of Russophobia, as they have gone and affected literature, art, and all aspects of the Russian culture.
The Italian University of Milan Bicocca canceled lectures on Russian novelist and cultural icon Fyodor Dostoevsky for "political reasons" in light of the Ukraine crisis and rising tensions between the West and Moscow.