ASLAN GAISUMOV, PEOPLE OF NO CONSEQUENCE (FILM STILL), 2016. COURTESY THE ARTIST, EMALIN, LONDON AND GALERIE ZINK, WALDKIRCHEN
Aslan Gaisumov: If No One Asks
Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC - To Mar 24
Through his art, the young Chechnyan artist Aslan Gaisumov asks us to bear witness to the wars fought in his homeland during the 20th century. His solo show at the CAG, a North American first, brings together two diverse yet powerful works. Memories ofWar is a page torn from a found book, its text almost entirely redacted with linesof black ink. People of No Consequence is a single-channel video in which an empty auditorium gradually fills with survivors of mass deportations from Chechnya during World War II.