A Q&A with… Taus Makhacheva, video artist and Venice hit
Russian artist Taus Makhacheva is known predominantly for her video-based works, often set within the evocative and vast landscapes of Dagestan and featuring a lone character attempting near impossible feats. Her highly acclaimed video work Tightrope is currently part of Christine Macel’s International Art Exhibition, ‘Viva Arte Viva‘ at the Venice Biennale, along with Baida, an invisible performance (scripted by Tim Etchells).
Enigmatic, poetic and infused with varying degrees of irony, her pieces invite the viewer to suspend their sense of disbelief as they question whether what they see in front of them is real. Text by Pippa Koszerek