'Bridge', 2018, intervention
Born Grozny (Chechnya), 1991
In Aslan Gaisumov’s works there is a lot to see, and what we see is in clear focus; our visual sense is fully engaged by his photographs, installations, and films. Yet he stages his images in such a way that we as viewers also feel that something is missing or left out of the frame. This aesthetic strategy sharpens our visual perception by making it more reflexive and conscious of what is included and excluded. If perceived from this point of view, Gaisumov’s works become experiments in both seeing and not seeing.
They are constructed around the fuzzy borderline between presence and absence, appearance and disappearance, accessibility and disclosure, availability and loss.
- Aleida Assmann