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"Appeal to beauty"

Anatoly Belov, Ksenia Gnylitska, Alevtina Kavhidze, Tatiana Malivovskaya, Artem Volokitin, Gamlet Zinkovsky
09 April 2015 - 10 May 2015

APPEAL TO BEAUTY

 

Anatoly Belov, Ksenia Gnylitska, Alevtina Kavhidze, Tatiana Malivovskaya, Artem Volokitin, Gamlet Zinkovsky

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Curatorial Statement – Rainald Schumacher

 

10 April – 10 May 2015

 

 „Imagine there’s no countries

It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...“

 John Lennon, song text Imagine, 1971

 

On Thursday 09 April 2015 Mironova gallery presents the group exhibition APPEAL TO BEAUTY.

In the first decade after the Fall of the Iron Curtain and the end of the Cold War quite many exhibitions, festivals and biennials, took place in Eastern Europe. Most of them had one common thematic thread. Questions about the function of contemporary art in a post-communist society were addressed. A new freedom for artistic expression was tested. How could art contribute to the development of a democratic and open society? How could art foster an unrestricted dialogue and support the transformation of a crusted and somehow traumatised society? All these questions led to a more fundamental problematic. The bottom line of it was the question, whether art must undertake a complete new approach and had to give up the usual aesthetics, to become a driving force in this historic revolution?

The Ukraine had its own long way towards its own cataclysm and purgation. In 2004 the Orange Revolution tried to make a step forward. In late 2014 Maidan tried to make the second step. No one wanted to imagine, that only a few months later a general mobilisation for a war could be an issue. No one could imagine, that an appeal to Nationalism, to Heroism, to more weapons could be the face of the future. No one could believe, that the world is stumbling into a new version of a Cold and in the Ukraine not so Cold but instead very real War.

Instead of calling to arms, APPEAL TO BEAUTY might be a naive call to beauty and address in such a way an out-dated category of visual arts. But, strangely enough, it might be a category, which finds it justification and empowerment because it is so extremely provocative and scandalous, when people are dying and getting wounded by martial violence. Finally Beauty might be synonymous for a well-balanced society and a peaceful world.

APPEAL TO BEAUTY is such a strange island, a celestial body, a dream and a place for Imagination.

Rainald Schumacher

 

APPEAL TO BEAUTY

 Anatoly Belov, Ksenia Gnylitska, Alevtina Kavhidze, Tatiana Malivovskaya, Artem Volokitin, Gamlet Zinkovsky

Artem Volokitin will present the Ukraine in the National Pavilion at the Venice Biennale together with Mykola Ridnyi, taking place from 09.05. –22.11.2015.

Ksenia Gnylitska  also member of R.E.P. (Revolutionary Experimental Space). The group, founded in 2004 during the Orange Revolution with the other members Nikita Kadan, Olesia Khomenko, Volodymr Kuznetsov and Lada Nakonechna, working together and also individually, is among the most influential and internationally recognized artistic positions of the Ukraine.

Tatiana Malivovskaya, Artem Volokitin and Gamlet Zinkovsky are working in Kharkiv, the second important centre for contemporary art in the country beside Kyiv.

Anatoly Belov is well known as a performer, singer and musician beside his excellent work as visual artists.

Alevtina Kavhidze participated at the Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg. A much debated contribution, where she succeeded to maintain a strong critical and reflective positions. She was running in a rural village near Kyiv a small private artist in residence program.

The exhibition, which combines sculptural work, installation and ceramic works with drawings, paintings and text related works is a strong statement for contemporary art as a primarily non-verbal tool for a direct visual communication.

Language, often misused as a defining category for nationalistic affiliation, is replaced by the visual experience of the viewer. The physical experience of an aesthetic category like beauty, leads to a reflection about the personal and societal prejudices. What beauty means for the individual is defined by gender, sexual orientation, education, values, and religious beliefs.

In such a way Appeal to Beauty does not relate to the superficial glossiness or to the shiny surfaces and bootlicking shapes of fashion, makeup and design industries. Appeal to Beauty looks deeper into the clearness of thought, the brilliance of reason, the truth of emotion and the honesty of an open-minded dialogue. Beauty in such understanding, as defined by the works in the exhibition, is a relational category. It describes a well-balanced, well-considered, respectful and sustainable existence in this world.

 

 Rainald Schumacher

 

Anatoly Belov, Ksenia Hnylytska,  Alevtina Kavhidze, Tanya Malinovska, Artem Volokitin.

Mironova Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine