Artists from Central and Eastern Europe during the war. Arsena³ . discussion board

The speakers will be four artists: Lada Nakonichna, Marina Naproshkina, Katarzyna Hertz, and Jana Shostak. The meeting will be moderated by Anna Azar. Entry is free, the painting will also be broadcast live on Facebook of Galeria Arsenał. The meeting will be held in English, with simultaneous translation into Polish. The painting accompanies the exhibition of Belarusian art in the Arsenal Gallery: “When the sun is low – the shadows are long.”

We live in a time when the line between art and activism begins to blur, when the language of protest becomes the language of art. It can be a thing, a show or a cry – as in the case of Jana Shostak, a Belarusian artist who screams in protest, for example, against what is happening in her country of origin, but she also has conceptual and simple works that restore attention, among other things about the problem of sexual abuse On children in church. Another Belarusian artist, Marina Naproshkina, lives in the political space of art. She started with the topic of Belarus, and she also creates works on refugees.

Katarzyna Hertz, a Polish plastic artist who moved from Berlin to Białowiea, near the Belarusian border, lives and works on the border. Here she immersed herself in the local environment, exploring issues of time, identity and human presence, and in the past few months, given its location, has necessarily witnessed a humanitarian crisis occurring on the border with Belarus.

In turn, in the works of the author of compositions, films and acts, Lady Nakonnikna, like other Ukrainian artists, in the years after Maidan, her experience was there (during Maidan, Nakonkna worked in the hospital, painting portraits of the wounded). And now Ukraine, its residents and artists are in a tragic situation once again.

It is also possible to discuss these experiences – being an artist at a time like this, during the session.

Arsenal Showroom. Gallery (When the sun is low – the shadows are long) Grzegorz Dibrowski’s photo

Tough piece of Europe

Arsenal meet under the slogan: Our gardens are at a difficult point in the world. Artists from Central and Eastern Europe in wartime are invited as follows:

Artists from Central and Eastern Europe participate in the discussion. Exactly from this Europe that swept the world wars beginning of the twentieth century. The most violent events of that time took place on our lands – in Poland, Ukraine and Belarus. It was our ancestors and great-grandfathers who resisted and had to flee, killed and starved. Today, the resistance comes from Russia invaded Ukraine, the same Russia that supports the criminal regime of Lukashenka. Our gardens are at such a difficult point in the world. However, for centuries, we did not give up, just as our grandmothers did not. What are the alternative spheres of activity generated by culture? How does the status of women artists change the status of individuals, institutions and the state of culture? Are local strategies of global relevance? These and other issues of individual choices, personal reflection, and resistance will become the subject of our conversation. It will be a dialogue about culture, which is also a battlefield and a place where we develop the moral and political standards of the new times that must finally come to the difficult part of Europe.

Arsenal Showroom. Exhibition of Belarusian art

The painting accompanies the exhibition “When the sun is low, the shadows are long”, which will be open at the Arsenal Gallery until mid-May.

Knowing how difficult it is to put artistic creators in Belarus, where there was a time of silence, independent institutions closed and people were in prisons, the Bialystok Foundation gave its place to Belarusian artists and curators working inside and outside their homeland. . Composed of the works and activities of more than 20 artists, bringing together different generations in a surprising way, the exhibition itself is a cross-sectional presentation of Belarusian art, its historical and contemporary context, the complex links on the line: the human and art-historical system.

The exhibition consists of works and activities by artists such as: Alexander Adamov, Irina Anufrieva, Bazinato, Evelina Domnic/Dmitriy Gelfand, Gazeb Drazdowicz, Zhanna Gladko, Jan Hilda, Siarhi Hodelin, Zhar Kuden, Siarhij Leskic, Masha Maroz, Alena Pazdiniaga, Antonas Sarokin Sokoładyski, ). The curator of the exhibition is Anna Karpenko, co-curator – Sofia Sadovskaya.

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