Research platform of the Belarusian contemporary art

ZBOR. Belarusian art movement – exhibition in Kiev (Ukraine)

March 31th, 2016 – May 6th, 2016

IZOLYATSIA Foundation in Kiev (Ukraine)

On March 31, at 6 pm, IZOLYATSIA opened the exhibition ZBOR. Belarusian art movement. It was the second demonstration of ZBOR project (the first one in Białystok last year). The project’s display is transformed every time as every time new curators are invited. In Kiev they were Belarusian artists Andrei Dureika and Maksim Tyminko, who decided to present the project in the form of a museum warehouse and a large-scale multimedia presentation.

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Press release of the presentation of the project in Kiev:

On March 31, at 6 pm, IZOLYATSIA opens the exhibition ZBOR. Belarusian art movement.

Despite differing political benchmarks, Belarus and Ukraine are passing through similar social transformations related to the national identity and cultural self-identification. However, the cultural exchange between two countries remains limited and takes place sporadically. Ukrainian contemporary art has not yet been widely represented in Belarus, while the Ukrainians are still largely unaware of Belarusian art’s evolution over the last decades.

For the first time in Ukraine, the exhibition ZBOR. Belarusian art movement (bel. zbor — collection) presents an overview of Belarusian contemporary art. It is a key event, which enables understanding of how Belarusian cultural space has transformed over the last 25 years.

ZBOR encompasses the results of a research led by KALEKTAR platform that was established by a group of artists and curators to study and preserve the newest history of Belarusian art. The exhibition is based on forty key art pieces, which, according to the experts’ council of KALEKTAR platform, have determined the main trends and directions in the development of the Belarusian contemporary art. The exhibition includes over 200 exhibit items such as documentary photographs, scholarly essays, as well as original works by Belarusian artists, created between the 1980s and today. One of the central pieces of the exhibition is a big media presentation comprising original video works by over twenty authors and rare archival footage of performances and artistic actions. More than fifty Belarusian artists, residing in the country or abroad, are represented at the exhibition.

In the last decade Belarusian art experienced a wide range of transformations. During that time, many important events in the artistic sphere took place, which greatly influenced the development of culture. However, the processes were not interpreted and systematized by professional Belarusian art critics. In many ways, this led to the fact that the resulting information and institutional vacuum became filled with imitations created by the bureaucratic and propaganda institutions with a view to extending their control to the still independent field of contemporary art. Moreover, the lack of academic discourse and research in the field of the archiving of contemporary art leads to the loss of many important works, particularly, those related to the interdisciplinary and performance practices, video and new media.

For this reason a group of artists and curators attempted to create a collection of Belarusian contemporary art on the basis of KALEKTAR platform. There arose a need to formulate new principles and approaches to the problem of creating a modern collection, which could absorb all the diversity of today’s artistic practices and be an integral part of the modern information flow.

Guided by the same principles, with ZBOR. Belarusian art movement IZOLYATSIA marked a new research stage of contemporary Ukrainian art. The Foundation aims to systematize the key works of art and analyze the existing research which has been done since Ukraine’s declaration of independence from the Soviet Union. Open platform will include a section of research, a database of Ukrainian artists and the works they have created, as well as the author’s texts that capture the development of artistic trends and practices in Ukraine. It is expected that on the basis of this research platform there will be created an exhibition that allows to present key trends and works of contemporary Ukrainian art.

Curators: Andrei Dureika, Maksim Tyminko

Participants: Siarhiej Babareka, Israel Basov, Belarusian Climate group, Bergamot group, Vladimir Tsesler / Sergey Voichenko, Anna Chkolnikova, Zhanna Gladko, Janna Grak, Oxana Gourinovitch, Mikhail Gulin, Lena Davidovich, Evelina Domnich / Dmitry Gelfand, Andrei Dureika, Sergey
Kiryuschenko, Artur Klinov, Alexander Komarov, Alexej Koschkarow, Andrei Liankevich, Lipovy Cvet group, Alexey Lunev, Vika Mitrichenko,
Galina Moskaleva / Vladimir Shakhlevich, Marina Naprushkina, Ales Pushkin, Revision group, Vitaly Rozhkov (Bismark), Ludmila Rusova, Igor
Savchenko, Olga Sazykina, Sergey Shabohin, Antonina Slobodchikova, Anna Sokolova, Tamara Sokolova, Leon Tarasewicz, Oleg Tcherny, Igor
Tishin, Maxim Tyminko / Gleb Choutov / Maja Ilic, Vasiliy Vasiliev, Alexey Velikjanin, Oleg Yushko / Kirill Lubenec

Exhibition organisers: KALEKTAR research platform of Belarusian contemporary art and IZOLYATSIA foundation

Platform co-founders: Sergey Kiryuschenko and Sergey Shabohin

ZBOR project experts: Tania Arcimović, Aleksei Borisionok, Andrei Dureika, Valentina Kiseleva, Alexey Lunev, Lena Prents

Project coordinator: Pavel Preobrazhensky

Authors of the texts: Andrei Dureika, Maxim Tyminko, Sergey Shabohin

Co-authors: Tania Arcimović, Tatiana Bembel, Aleksei Borisionok, Anton Borisenka, Olga Bubich, Lyudmila Voropai, Paulina Vitushchanka, Irina
Herasimovich, Aliona Glukhova, Natallia Harachaya, Ilona Dergach, Vadim Dobrovolsкy, Andrei Dureika, Tatyana Kondratenko, Larisa Mikhnevich, Lena Prents, Olga Ryibchinskaya, Anna Samarskaya, Alexander Sarna, Sasha Semak, Tanya Setsko, Anna Sokolova, Irina Solomatina, Olga Sosnovskaya, Kristina Stashkevich, Svetlana Ulanovskaya, Larisa Filkinshtein, Olga Shparaga, Vitaly Schutsy, Oleg Yushko

Project partners: the Contemporary Art Gallery Ў, Minsk; pARTisan media project; the Polish Institute in Minsk

Address: Kiev, 8 Naberezhno-Luhova Street, Second Floor

Schedule: March 31 — May 6, 2016, Monday to Sunday, 12 pm — 8 pm

The announcement of the exhibition on IZOLYATSIA