Aslan Gaisumov (born in 1991 in Grozny, Chechnya, lives in Grozny and Amsterdam) is an internationally successful young artist. He emerged in his early twenties, after participating in the Third Moscow Biennial for Young Art in 2012. After his first museum solo exhibition, at M HKA in Antwerp in 2016, he has participated in a number of international group exhibitions at venues such as Kunsthalle Wien and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, as well as in this year’s Liverpool and Riga biennials. Gaisumov was awarded the Future Generation Art Price by the Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev in 2014 and the Innovation Price, in the ‘New Generation’ category, by Russia’s National Centre for Contemporary Art in 2016. His works are in prominent collections across Europe and Russia.
Gaisumov, who grew up during the two Chechen Wars of 1994–96 and 1999–2009, has gained recognition for his visually and conceptually convincing articulations of the country’s colonial history and recent past. Working with the moving image, with objects and installations and on paper, he has established himself as a shrewd, sophisticated transformer of historical wrongdoing – and in particular the void of silence that all too often cordons it off – into crystalline images that unite the corporeal and the analytic, the incandescent and the meditative.