Svetlana Alexievich, the Belarusian writer whose oral histories have recorded thousands of individual voices to map the implosion of the Soviet Union, has won the Nobel prize for literature. The Swedish Academy, announcing her win, praised Alexievich’s «polyphonic writings», describing them as a «monument to suffering and courage in our time». pARTisan is happy that our countrywoman Svetlana Alexievich took this prize. […]
Exploring photography and establishing continuity trends are closely associated with the topic of cultural identity – the issue which still remains painful for us. Photography has always been characteristic of such main functions as reality registration and the photographer’s existential search, and in this aspect it provides researchers with rich data for analysis. In regard to these questions «BY NOW» is a project of a particular interest. It was the result of the ambitious contest held in 2013 by the German curators Matthias Harder and Hans Pieler
Is a (post-) Soviet Museum or the Museum of the Soviet necessary in Belarus? What form can it take, and how would it differ from similar museums in other former Soviet bloc countries?
pARTisan #27’2015 In the novel «What I Loved» which attempts to give interpretation to a contemporary artist’s creativity, the American writer Siri Hustvedt comes to the conclusion that any painting starts to exist only when observed by the viewer. «Any time including a viewer’s shadow into the composition, the artist emphasizes the space between the viewer and the painting, because it is there where a real action […]