Exhibition "ZBOR. Belarusian Art Movement" in Kyiv
On March 31 at 18:00 at IZOLYATSIA in Kyiv, the exhibition "ZBOR. Movement of Belarusian Art" opened. This is the second demonstration of the Zbor project (last year the exhibition was shown for the first time in Bialystok).
March 31 – May 6, 2016
IZOLYATSIA, Kyiv, Ukraine
The exposition of the project is transformed every time, since every time the platform invites new curators for this. In Kyiv, they were Belarusian artists and , who decided to present the project in the form of a museum warehouse and a large-scale multimedia presentation.
Press release of the project presentation in Kyiv:
In Belarus and Ukraine, despite differences in political course, similar social changes are taking place related to national self-consciousness and cultural self-identification. At the same time, cultural exchange between countries is limited and episodic. Ukrainian contemporary art has not yet been widely represented in Belarus, and Belarusian art of recent decades remains generally unfamiliar to the Ukrainian audience.
Exhibition (in Bel. zbor - collection) for the first time presents a slice of contemporary Belarusian art in Ukraine and is an important event for understanding the processes that have taken place in the Belarusian cultural space over the past 25 years.
is the result of the activity of the research platform , created by a group of artists and curators with the aim of studying and preserving the modern history of art in Belarus. The exhibition is based on 40 key works, which, according to the expert council of the KALEKTAR platform, determined the main trends and directions for the development of contemporary Belarusian art. The exhibition includes more than two hundred exhibits: documentary photographs, research essays, as well as original works by Belarusian artists created in the period from the late 80s of the last century to the present day. A significant part of the exposition is occupied by a large media presentation, including original video works by more than twenty authors, as well as rare documentary video materials of performances and art actions. The exposition consists of works by more than fifty Belarusian artists living and working both in the country and abroad.
Belarusian art has undergone various transformations over the past decades. At that time, many important events took place in the artistic environment, which significantly influenced the development of culture, but these processes were not comprehended and systematized among the Belarusian professional art criticism. In many respects, this led to the fact that the resulting informational and institutional vacuum began to be filled with imitations created by bureaucratic and propaganda structures in order to extend their control over the still independent field of contemporary art. Moreover, the lack of academic discourse and research in the field of archiving contemporary art leads to the loss of many significant works, in particular those related to interdisciplinary and performative practices, video and new media.
That is why a group of artists and curators made an attempt to create a collection of the latest Belarusian art based on the KALEKTAR platform. There was a need to formulate new principles and approaches to the problem of creating a modern collection that could absorb all the diversity of today's artistic practices and be an organic part of the modern information flow.
Guided by the same principles, IZOLYATSIA designates the ZBOR exhibition. The movement of Belarusian art is a new stage in the research of contemporary Ukrainian art. The Foundation aims to systematize the key works of art and analyze the existing research created and being created since Ukraine declared its independence from the USSR. The open platform will include a cross section of research, a database of Ukrainian artists and their works, as well as author's texts that record the development of artistic trends and practices in Ukraine. It is assumed that an exhibition will be created on the basis of this research platform, which will allow presenting key trends and works of contemporary Ukrainian art.
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Belarusian Contemporary Art Research Platform and IZOLYATSIA Foundation
Founders and curators of the Zbor project:
Project Expert Group:
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Andrey Dureiko, Maxim Tyminko, Sergey Shabokhin
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Gallery of contemporary art , media project ,
Address: Kyiv, st. Naberezhno-Lugovaya, 8, second floor.
Work schedule: March 31 - May 6, 2016, seven days a week, 12:00 - 20:00
Announcement of the exhibition on the IZOLYATSIA website