Taus Makhacheva was born in Moscow in 1983.
She studied in London and Moscow.
Her works of art are exhibited in museums and art galleries worldwide: Tate Modern in London, MuHKA in Antwerp, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Kadist Art Foundation in Paris and San Francisco as well as Uppsala Konstmuseum and Videosight Foundation in Turin.
Her work focuses on the history and imagery of her native territory. Taus Makhacheva employs a wide range of artistic media, such as videos, installations and photographs through which the artist examines the boundary between opposites, and how the past of her country can be reintroduced into everyday life as a process of finding a new identity.
Taus Makhacheva’s works were exhibited at the Venice Biennial in 2017, at the Shanghai Biennial in 2016 and at the Moscow Biennial in 2015.
WITHIN THE PREMISES OF PALAZZO TRINACRIA, THE HEADQUARTERS OF FONDAZIONE PIETRO BARBARO, THE EUROPEAN NOMADIC BIENNIAL MANIFESTA 12 PRESENTS THE WORK 'BAIDA' RUSSIAN ARTIST TAUS MAKHACHEVA.
Baida is a video of a performance that was first exhibited during the 57th Venice International Art Exhibition in 2017.
The work takes place in the Adriatic Sea, where an upside-down boat floats, appearing and disappearing. The boat is moved by the waves from the Caspian Sea to the Lagoon of Venice. The roots of the work are found in the village of Starii Terek in Dagestan (Russia), where the artist used to have conversations with local fishermen.
From those conversations emerged a recurring fear in the minds of the fishermen: the fear of falling into the water. The boat that appears in the video is a reference to the common practice among fishermen to bind themselves to the bow of the boat, so that in case they fell off, families could find their bodies under the vessels.
Baida, which means a special type of boat in Russian, is a reflection on the precariousness of human existence and on its struggle for survival against economic and natural forces.
Palazzo Trinacria was designed in 1840 by architects Andrea Gigante and Vincenzo Trombetta on behalf of the prince of Trabia, Giuseppe Lanza Branciforte.
Originally the Palace was a hotel, the first building in Palermo to be created for that purpose: Hôtel Trinacria. The Palace has 54 rooms equipped with every comfort, and has hosted many illustrious personalities, including Giuseppe Garibaldi. In Palazzo Trinacria, Tomasi di Lampedusa decided the fate of Gattopardo, prince of Salina.
At the end of the 19th century the hotel was sold and transformed into a private residence. Palazzo Trinacria is currently owned by the Pietro Barbaro Foundation, which has recently completed the renovation of the two main floors, the terrace and the internal courtyard.