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Inner landscapes

 
Inner landscapes

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Russian Museum of Decorative Applied and Folk Art
23 september 2011 — 30 october 2011

Curators: Pavel Voinitski, Olga Rybchinskaya

Organizer: Museum of Contemporary Fine Arts, Minsk

Artists:

  • Elena Atrashkevich
  • Dzianis Barsukou
  • Darya Ivanouskaya
  • Christoffer Paues
  • Igor Savchenko
  • Pavel Voinitski
  • Serge Zavizhenets
  • Sergey Zhdanovich

With the support from Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus, Department of culture of Minsk City Executive Committee

The traditional works of art often obtrude their creators’ reality upon us or just imitate prosiness, while huge internal spaces, potentially opened for art, stay invisible and not mastered. A picture on a gallery wall is only a flat illustration, simulation, a barrier separating the world of art from our personal emotions and feelings.

The inner landscapes are inside us, who interact with art objects, which share the outer, physical space with our bodies.

We, participants of the exhibition, would like to make the hidden soul topography perceptible. It depends on spectators’ co-participation. We hope that the exposition will become a catalyst and a starting point of a trip to explore the internal landscapes that are individual for everyone.

Seven of eight artists who take part in the project live and work in Belarus. Their joint exhibition demonstrates a specific approach, characteristic of this very part of the (Eastern European? European? Post-Soviet?) context, which is marked by an ethical dominant, unlike the current provocative, politically and socially engaged art practices existing in this space.

The “Inner Landscapes” changes the very strategy of the Belarusian art representation. In the exposition there are no subjects of traditional arts – paintings and sculptures: all these «fine objects» meant to be admired from a distance. Instead, getting rid of the representing narrativeness, a distinctive feature of contemporary Belarusian art, the authors aim at creating the “spaces of co-participation”, providing a spectator with leading part in interaction with art.

It is significant that the project allows a perceiver to rewrite his/her personal perception of his/her own impressions, feelings, and experiences, being based on the offered authentic Belarusian artifacts.

The basic coordinates of internal spaces are set by an apiary of old beehives from the Belarus-Lithuania border zone – in the audio-visual installation by Darya Ivanouskaya, Serge Zavizhenets, and Pavel Voinitski in collaboration with the Swedish artist Christoffer Paues. A visitor of the exposition will have an opportunity to use a bit peculiar means of fixing his/her own subjective reality. In this case, it will be helpful to get included in the proto-photographic technologies applied by Sergei Zhdanovich, and Igor Savchenko's specially invented method – simulation/generation of the image formed from within, escaping visualities.

The landscape is revealed through movement – a number of triggers, conditions, and emotions, replacing each other. In our artworks, we build some parameters, characteristic of a spiritual, inner movement. Setting only a direction, we give the visitor of the exhibition a chance to him/herself recreate the other lines of movement and personal horizons of his/her spiritual territories.

Pavel Voinitski

 

On 29 October 2011, at 14.00, within the scope of the Special Project of IV Moscow Biennale "Inner Landscapes", there will be the Program of Art Performances «penAtra(C)tion».

Four performances by Belarusian authors will contribute to the exhibition project, providing the public with new "vehicles" for exploring internal landscapes. The experience of penetration can be painful sometimes, but Art has the power to turn trauma into entertainment.

Contemporary performers use different types of new technologies – from video to aero-compressor. However, their main tool is still his or her own body. And the main theme is demonstration of personal experiences, at times embodied in bizarre shapes.

Participants of the program:

  • Konstantsin Muzhev and Sergei Varkin
  • Yuras Barysevich
  • Illya SIN, Yevgeni Rogozin and Pavel Voinitski

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