ISOLYATSIA: ART AGAINST ARMS

pARTisan #29’2015 Foundation «IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives» was created in 2010 in Donetsk in the territory a former insulation materials factory and very soon its activities became known not only across Ukraine, but also abroad. On June, 9, 2014, the militia of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic seized the factory and deprived the Foundation not only of space, but also […]

APPROPRIATING PHOTOGRAPHY: IN SEARCH FOR THE AUTHOR

The history of the appropriation strategy in art and literature dates back to more than a century, but its use in the field of photography has not become everyday practice yet and from time to time opens up new debates. Artists appropriate or, in other words, borrow any artifacts of the real world: from objects […]

BELARUSIAN PHOTOGRAPHY IS ALL RIGHT!

On October 15, 2015 as a part of the second «Month of Photography in Minsk» a round table was held dedicated to the issues of photographic field economy. The photographers from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Poland took part in the discussion which turned out to be rather versatile: the problems touched upon ranged from the […]

20 YEARS LATER, or ОN CONTINUITY IN PHOTOGRAPHY BY

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

WHAT RUSLAN VAŠKIEVIČ DOES NOT REGARD

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 […]

«ANATOMIA. PERFECT BODY»: FINDING ANSWERS WHEN SEARCHING

Just a couple of days ago at Ў Gallery of Contemporary Art the group exhibition «The Dimension of Emptiness» opened, being another example of «АRТ-SOC-LAB» project activities. Maksim Bahdanovič Literary Museum positively surprises with its courageous cooperation with contemporary art. And the Center of Contemporary Art not for the first time welcomes in its halls Dzina Daniłovič’s long-term project «Anatomia».

ART AS ANTHROPOLOGY: COOKING TOGETHER

This year in June the artistic residence at «Ў» Gallery of Contemporary Art in Minsk welcomed the artists from Georgia — Nini Palavandishvili and Data Chigholashvili. As a result, in the gallery backyard they set up a public kitchen — anyone could bring their own home recipes and together with the artists and other citizens cook, treat and exchange with one other one’s culinary experience, and most importantly — their stories associated with these recipes

YULIYA VAGANOVA: MUSEUM AS AN EXAMPLE OF CIVIC POSITION

Yuliya Vaganova, the deputy director in charge of exhibition work and international links, a participant of «Time Machine – Museum in 21st century» program, speaks about the political turmoil influence on the Museum’s activities, about the ways of keeping a balance between traditions and innovations and about the reaction of the Ukrainian public on the «experiments» set

WALKING AROUND AN IMAGINARY MUSEUM-DISNEYLAND

Is there in today’s Minsk a museum that can compete in the uniqueness of its exposition with the collections of world famous museums? We hardly need to expect a positive answer — Artur Klinau speaks about Minsk museums’ reformatting

PICTURE STORY: MINSK. NON-CONFORMISM OF THE 1980S

April 22, 2015 in Ў Gallery of Contemporary Art MINSK. NON-CONFORMISM OF THE 1980S exhibition was opened

MINSK. NON-CONFORMISM OF THE 1980S EXHIBITION

What was the period of the 80s like? Who were its key figures and how did those artists survive and work despite the circumstances? Who did they find support in and who did they address their manifestos to? How was art understood and why was it art that became a space for free person’s expression?

LUDMILA RUSAVA. LIFE AS THE MANIFESTO

In Belarus at late Soviet period there was silence and discursive ignorance in terms of feminist ideas. However, women artists, of course, did exist and work in their field. And among them there was Ludmiła Rusava, one of the leading figures of the Belarusian nonconformist art

NOT LEGITIMATION, BUT — IMITATION

What is happening with contemporary art in Belarus: does it use guerrilla tactics or is it becoming colonized, being transformed into local «mainstream»?

WAR WITNESS’ ARCHIVE

The project «War Witness’ Archive» emerged as a response to the global trend of referring to history, of reinventory of the memory about the last century events rich in wars, disasters and conflicts. When getting acquainted with photographic and historical archives of World War I (the Great War) visitors become participants of a talk about tragedies of the past and present. They form their attitude, interpretation and evaluation of the events which both date back one hundred years and happen presently

MAXIM TYMINKO: TRANSFORMATION INTO A VISUAL STEAM

Belarusian artist Maxim Tyminko left the country in the mid-1990s. In 2005 he graduated from the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne (Germany), and has been living abroad since then. Now you can find him in Cologne and Amsterdam: living between several cities is an ordinary practice for contemporary Western artists. However, whenever Maxim is invited to come to Belarus, he accepts the proposal even despite of the lack of the due conditions.

EXPOSITION OF THE «XXY» ART PROJECT

Art Project «XXY» is a collaborative project of Contemporary Art Gallery Y, multimedia magazine 34mag.net and media project «pARTisan». The main topics are gender and sexuality. The date: 13.09.-2.10.2014

FREEDOMS AND MYTHS OF «BELARUSIAN CLIMATE»

«Why do people create myths? Well, people do not exist in this reality, in principle!» — Philip Chmyr concludes, giving me a cunning look across the table in a busy café. Next to him there is one more protagonist of the Belarussian art-irreality sitting — Ihar Korzun, for more than an hour braiding an infinitely intricate and controversial story of the rise and dissolution of the art group «Belarusian climate»

6TH LINE GALLERY: 1992 — 1998

13 November — 13 December 2014 in Minsk in Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Art Centre the exhibition Suma Sumarum will be open. It’s the first project of the legendary gallery 6th Line after a pause of 16 years

SUBVERSIVE PRACTICES OF CONTEMPORARY ART IN BELARUS

To counter the dominance of ideology in the public consciousness, the Belarusian independent community more and more often articulates the idea of having a public platform where agonistic competition among different discourses would be possible. The rivalry among them would thus generate new meanings. Contemporary art becomes one of such platforms. This kind of intervention can be seen if one looks at three events in Belarusian contemporary art: the art of the painter called A.R.Ch (A.R.Č)., the project by Marina Naprushkina (Maryna Napruškina) «Anti-propaganda Bureau», and the exhibition of Zhanna Gladko (Žanna Hładko) works «Inciting Force»

ZHANNA GLADKO: THE RIGHT OVER ONE’S OWN BODY

Identity and its numerous manifestations became an object of attention of curators and participants of the art project «XXY», which opened in early September 2014 in the Minsk gallery «Ў». Not for the first time within this gallery’s space we can find the works of a contemporary Belarusian artist Zhanna Gladko

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