In a complementary video posted on the website of the exhibition Every Day. Art. Solidarity. Resistance1, which presented a wide array of contemporary art practices from Belarus at Kyiv’s Mystetskyi Arsenal, artist Ales Pushkin arrives in the venue pushing a red-wheeled cart loaded with horse manure. The content of the cart was a gift to President Alexander Lukashenko, the autocratic leader of Belarus, who has, over the course of his twenty-six-year rule, impeded the country’s democratic development by rewriting the state’s constitution to ensure his prolonged presidency, jailing his opponents, and falsifying presidential elections. In the video, Pushkin drops the manure on the gallery floor, places a poster with Lukashenko’s portrait smeared with red paint on the top and pierces the poster with a pitchfork. The piece, which resembles a mock crime scene, is thus installed, and the artist leaves the venue satisfied. This work is reminiscent of...
Exhibition Review: Every Day. Art. Solidarity. Resistance
Olga Kopenkina is a New York City–based curator and critic. She was a curator at 6th Line gallery in Minsk, Belarus, from 1994 to 1998. In 2012, she organized the exhibition Sound of Silence: Art During Dictatorship (Contemporary Art from Belarus) in the EFA Project Space gallery at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City.
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Olga Kopenkina; Exhibition Review: Every Day. Art. Solidarity. Resistance. Afterimage 1 September 2021; 48 (3): 83–93. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/aft.2021.48.3.83
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