Aslan Gaisumov lives and works in Grozny. Gaisumov is developing an oeuvre that feeds on, but also transforms and transcends, personal and collective memory.

Gaisumov’s works are poised between visual immediacy and social commentary, between the momentary and the monumental. They are mostly videos and installations incorporating found and purposely crafted objects, but sometimes also photographs and works on paper.

Tracing the struggles and turbulent histories of the Chechen people, Aslan Gaisumov’s work Keicheyuhea (2017) followed the artist’s grandmother as she returns to her lost homeland in the mountainous scenery of the North Caucasus for the first time since the displacement of her family 73 years earlier. Keicheyuhea was presented at St George’s Hall. People of No Consequence (2016) documents the gathering of a group of elderly men and women, all survivors of the 1944 Soviet deportation of the Chechen and Ingush nations to Central Asia. In this powerful film, the group faces the camera, addressing viewers directly as they enter Victoria Gallery & Museum’s Tate Hall.

Recent exhibitions include Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2017); Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, USA (2017); Museum of Modern Art, Antwerp, Belgium (2016); Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany (2016); Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium (2015); Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2014); and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2014). In 2014, he was awarded the Special Prize of the Future Generation Art Prize of the Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, and in 2016 the Innovation Prize of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Moscow, Russia.

Aslan Gaisumov at Liverpool Biennial 2018

Keicheyuhea, 2017
Single channel HD video projection, 26:00 min
Exhibited at St George’s Hall

People of No Consequence, 2015
Full HD video
Exhibited at Victoria Gallery & Museum