Taus Makhacheva, The Fast and the Furious, 2011, C-print, 35 3/8 x 23 5/8".

Taus Makhacheva

Republic of Dagestan Artist Union Exhibition Hall

Taus Makhacheva, The Fast and the Furious, 2011, C-print, 35 3/8 x 23 5/8".

The most populous republic in Russia’s North Caucasus, Dagestan is bordered by Azerbaijan to the south and the Caspian Sea to the east. Literally, Dagestan means “country of mountains.” Yet, as home to two and a half million residents belonging to some thirty different ethnic nationalities, it has, since the tenth century, also been known as Jabal al Alsinah, or “Mountain of Languages.” Across millennia, the multiethnic/multilingual region has crafted a vibrant carpet of culture. For “Story Demands to Be Continued,” contemporary Dagestani artist Taus Makhacheva, with support from the Peri Foundation, traveled from Moscow (where she grew up) to Makhachkala (where she is now based) to stage this exhibition, which, curated by Alexey Maslyaev (of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art), is structured around the pattern of a Dagestani style of kilim. Filling both floors of Makhachkala’s Artist

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