Tuesday, September 18, 2012

"Ostalgia" goes to Sevastopol (Art Museum)

I am happy to be part of a project curated by Hudrada, an activist collective based in Kiev and to be related in some way to the mythical city of Sevastopol! From the 26th of September till the 7th of October I am showing a selection of my photography series "Ostalgia" within the group show "Disputed Territories" at the Art Museum in Sevastopol in Crimea, Ukraine.

Below, more details and after the image a complete press release from Hudrada.

Exhibition: Disputed Territories showing artworks by: Adrian Paci (Albania), Anna Zvyagintseva, Ivan Melnichuk, Yevgenia Belorusets, Nikita Kadan, Yuri Solomko, Esther Kempf (Switzerland), Aleksey Salmanov, Simona Rota  (Spain), Lesya Khomenko, Lada Nakonechna, Aleksey Gnedenko, Alina Kleitman, Ulyana Bychenkova, Nikolay Ridniy, TanzLaboratorium, FNO (Russia), R.E.P.

Dates: 27.09.2012 - 07.10.2012, Opening on the 26th of September at 4 p.m.
Venue: Sevastopol Art Museum. Crimea. Ukraine
Curators: Hudrada collective http://hudrada.tumblr.com/

photos © Sasha Burlaka

Press Release 18.09.12

Ukrainian Curatorial Collective HUDRADA’s latest exhibition “Disputed Territory” is opening in Sevastopol

On the 26th of September 2012 at 16:00 at the Sevastopol Art Museum in Crimea, the Ukrainian curatorial collective HUDRADA is opening its new, 4th exhibition, “Disputed Territory”. The exhibition will include works by 19 artists from Ukraine and other countries, and is dedicated to the conquest and liberation of social and political territory. The few opening days of the exhibition will feature a packed programme of discussions.

Disputed territories are rips in the stiff fabric of a world which is split into spheres of influence. They are animate spaces, formed by the changeable whims of human wisdom and madness. They offer hope for change, and are attractive because they give you a chance to place your bets, to take part in the game. They promise gratification through confrontations, and they are capable of bringing conflict back to life in places where you might think that bleak dogmatic constructs had taken root for good. The value of disputed territories lies in hope and in duality.

We are moving along a volatile border, a place from which we can discern the constant shifting of battle lines, the point where the violent outburst is concentrated, as it occurs again and again.

Where exactly is this disputed territory?

The core interests of “Disputed Territory” are in social interaction, in exclusion, in marginalisation, gender and sexuality, in war between private and common interests, in public space and its acquisition, in the choices people make as civilians, politicians, and activists, and above all in the field of power.

Could these be the very places from which we can launch our own pre-emptive strike, today?

To keep disputed territories within our field of view means we have to violate subordinate connections, to burst through the dam of ideological decoration to a place where hope springs forth from feelings of loss and discomfort.

We have to break away from the absorbing power of parody and new religious doctrines with their clear consciences, and move towards a reality in which disputed territories are still subject to political conquest, and are ready to become places which people can inhabit.

Exhibition curators:  HUDRADA collective http://hudrada.tumblr.com/

Exhibition participants: Adrian Paci (Albania), Anna Zvyagintseva, Ivan Melnichuk, Yevgenia Belorusets, Nikita Kadan, Yuri Solomko, Esther Kempf (Switzerland), Aleksey Salmanov, Simona Rota  (Spain), Lesya Khomenko, Lada Nakonechna, Aleksey Gnedenko, Alina Kleitman, Ulyana Bychenkova, Nikolay Ridniy, TanzLaboratorium, FNO (Russia), R.E.P.

Exhibition Organisers: CONNECT NGO with support from the Faculty of the Lviv National Academy of Art in Sevastopol, the cultural initiative Hitch&Klum, and the School of Contemporary Design.

This project is supported by Programme і³ from Rinat Akhmetov's Foundation for Development of Ukraine.

The exhibition will be open every day except Tuesdays until the 7th of October 2012 from 10.00 until 17.00.

Invitation to the discussion programme is open to all. Entry is without registration or passes.

Contact information:

HUDRADA (Yevgenia Belorusets) 0975948013
Organiser (Maria Tumakova) 0502940923 

Additional information:


26th September, Sevastopol Art Museum
15.00: Press Conference
16.00: exhibition opening, curatorial tour of the exhibition

27th September, city street location tbc
12.30: “Headless” - performance by TanzLaboratorium

27th September, Sevastopol Art Museum
16.00: Presentation of the latest issues of independent journals on the social medium, literature and art: “Spilne” and “Prostory” Speakers: Anastasia Rіabchuk and Yevgenia Belorusets
17.00: Discussion “Cultural activism working together with rights initiatives: the Simferopol experience” Speakers: Aleksandra Dvoretskaya and Tatyana Bezryuk

28th September, Sevastopol Art Museum
16.00: Discussion “Problems and perspectives for the development of contemporary art in the cultural context of Sevastopol” and “Possibility for contemporary art in regional art museums” Speakers: Nikolay Skyba, Sergey Popov, Nikita Kadan, Tatyana Smirnova, Pavel Khlebovskiy, Tatyana Saigushkina

All events except for the Performance will take place at the Sevastopol Art Museum on Prospect Naximova, 9. More about events programme: disputedterritory.org.ua

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Exhibition "Big Exit" in Barcelona

Venue: Escalera de Incendios, C/Parlament, 26, Barcelona 
Dates: 08.09.12 - 30.09.12, Opening, 7th of September, 19.30 h

Author: Simona Rota
Curating: Art Deal Project
Art Edition: Siete de un Golpe