Salon Contemporary is offering emerging, innovative and passionate artists out there a chance to display their work in the creative hub of Notting Hill!Artist of the Week’ is a new and exciting competition, with the opportunity for one selected artist each week to have their work featured on our website in the run up to our AoW Christmas Exhibition. The winning candidate will then be offered a residency in London’s West End! We’re calling on artists from all fields including the visual arts, performance, dance, film, theatre, animation and music!


The exhibiting artists 'Artist of the Week: The Exhibition' are:
Akleria * Alyona Larinova * Dragana Jurisic * Helen Gorill

Friday, 22 October 2010

Akleriah: AoW Winner 2 - 30th October 2010

Akleriah is an honest philosophy of "reality". We are all solitary dreamers of senses we sometimes don't understand, tastes we can't speak of. Where is that land of our childhood eyes? Does everything make sense until we are displaced into others reality?
What was the faith of Andersen's 'Ugly Duckling'? It is a story of the "beautiful" signet who just happened to be blown by circumstances into different "reality", not tailored for it. It became "ugly".
Akleriah's motto is about fashioning to the size that fits everybody everywhere. It changes perception of believes systems, everyday rituals, gestures and learned behaviors.
Akleriah explores the way we look at ourselves and at each other through the mirror reflection of the inside to the outside. Life is art of flow. It is like bubbles, that are blown to show the magical colors for the moment that lasts just long enough before they pop!
Let's change the rhythm of the clock!

A Few Facts About Akleriah
They have an Akleriah drink special: pomegranate juice, vodka, vanilla, gin, a splash of red wine, rose syrup, a sprinkle of ground coffee, stir and serve in larger iced glasses. The experimental, spontaneous group feel that songs and lyrics are like clothes: would you wear the same outfit every day of the year? Their best memory from University was when collaborating at London Zoo, where they took on the role of caged animals (see images below!) They believe that depth, laugh, sorrow, symbolism, cats, glitter, triangular relationships, souls, red wine, rituals make the best performances.
Imitating Cage Anmicals at London Zoo
Akleriah wants to make art both entertaining and intellectual. Themes range from the political to the spiritual, the philosophical to the magical, folklore and the psychological... They are inspired by their Czech and Russian backgrounds and use their origins as a filter for more challenging and provocative thinking.

The duo, Lenka and Anna, are both singers and dancers and love to involve other performers such as musicians, actors, dancers which makes their work captivating for the viewer.

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