Of Apples and Trees Exhibition
Opening Thursday 27th June 18:00 – 21:00
at 5th Base Gallery, 23 Heneage Street, off Brick Lane, London E1 5LJ
Diana Krilova paints the world through the wide-open eyes of a child. Landscapes of days filled with endless possibilities; school summer holidays three weeks in where the old year has become a distant memory, the coming autumn still too far ahead to even exist. The skate park alone at 7am on a Sunday morning, while most are still sleeping at home in their beds. The ramps gleam in the early sunshine, as hour upon hour of fun waits ahead. Trees to be climbed and conquered, meadows and woods of strange old houses to be explored, while blizzards of golden leaves rain down and all around from above.
“When I was a child in the 80’s, with both parents working and grandparents living far way, I was one of the street kids. With keys to our flat, I would get back from school, eat whatever my mum would leave for me from the night before and then go out to climb trees, walk rooftops and explore the neighbourhood with a bunch of friends. The world felt safe and any grown-ups were there to help, not to endanger. Having children in the UK we are constantly reminded that the world is filled with danger... the whole thing about safety here has so much paranoia. I moved my family out of London to give my children the freedom of childhood in nature, the way I had it. My paintings are about that, about childhood, about having all that time to play and be free and to grow.” – Diana Krilova
“Diana Krilova’s paintings are beautiful yet haunting. The colours evoke dreamy, distant, and warm memory, yet embody a kind of longing for the past. Her work reminds me of my own childhood, and the bitter sweetness of remembering it.” - Caroline Grant, The Sustainable Arts Foundation.
Diana Krilova was born in !978 in Riga, Latvia and is a practicing artist since 1999. Her education background is in Fine art (John Moores 2005) and Athropology (UCL 2009). She has exhibited at Liverpool Biannuals 2002, 2004 and 2006, lead art history workshops at Tate Liverpool, art directed films, including Partygirl 2010 (Best of Fest in Cannes Film Corner 2011), produced hand-drawn animation installation Rain, curated Ornamental Status exhibitions 1, 2 and 3 at 5th Base Gallery London, curated 5th Base Film Nights 2013-2014 and took part in numerous independent group exhibitions. She had solo exhibitions at Liverpool Biannual 2006, Unity Theatre Liverpool, Brighton Fringe and 5th Base Gallery London. She worked on both private and public art commissions including Barnado’s Charity and is currently supporting UK Youth.
Diana Krilova’s recent projects include Visual Diary of a Mother, which took part in Women’s History Month 2018 in London in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery. Krilova is a fellow of Royal Geographical Society and is currently planning an expedition to Karelia (Russia, woodland between Finland and White Sea) to create a visual diary of nature and tribe of old believers living under threat of extinction mostly due to global warming.
For more information please check www.dianakrilova.com and get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org / 07738949714
Thursday 27th of June, 2019
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tube: Aldgate East Station (7 min walk)
Train: Shoreditch High Street (11 min walk)