Preserving the Shape
Exhibition, 07.09. - 14.10.2022
Galerie Raum mit Licht
With works by Anatoliy Babiychuk, Zoya Laktionova, Lada Nakonechna, Olena Newkryta, Oleksiy Radynski, Anna Sorokovaya & Taras Kovach, Anastasiya Yarovenko
Curated by Olena Newkryta, Anastasiya Yarovenko
Exhibition text by Aleksei Borisionok
The exhibition Preserving the Shape curated by the artists Olena Newkryta & Anastasiya Yarovenko presents art works that approach notions of collective action and subjectivity, material and immaterial heritage, and its survival. It focuses on various ways of how a collective, communal or cultural identity could be nourished in the context of current russian imperial warfare, destruction of living environments and public institutions. In contrast to cultural assets that can be preserved artificially via conservation or museum displays, community is a fragile and precarious entity that becomes and remains only through forms of mutual care, social plasticity and solidarity. Preserving the Shape brings together documentary and conceptual works by Ukrainian artists that are part of a self-organised world-making and embody an utopian or bygone collectivity.
The longer version of the text "Transversal Loadings" by Aleksei Borisionok is available at the BLOK magazin.