2010

 

Interactive installation

Showcase of glass. Ballot papers

 

 

 

 

 

Following on from a 2009 artwork based on a poll, Shabohin has produced a new work for the CAC testing opinions about a range of topical social issues that visitors to the exhibition can express an opinion on. Visitors can choose to vote with cards printed with contentious, comical, and artistic imagery and drop their ballots into the atypically transparent ballot box, via the Yes or No slot. The work rehearses the dream of Belarusians to participate in free-and-fair elections at home; and encourages the Lithuanian audience to think about their own relations to the process of democratic plebiscite (as the country has a record of low voter turnout). It also comments on the increasing populist voter driven aspect of television entertainment (EuroVision, Idol, Dancing With the Stars) and invites it into an art context. Ironically, in the work despite the voters intention yes, or, no, the ballots end up in a single and undifferentiated pile. The work was exhibited in Lithuania during the presidential elections in Belarus, during which President Alexander Lukashenko was elected the country’s president for the fourth time. In Belarus people always talk about rigging the elections and their meaninglessness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The work was displayed at the exhibitions:

2010, Opening the Door? Belarusian Art Today, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

2011, Opening the Door? Belarusian Art Today, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland

2011, Revolution Art: Justs So Stories, Europe House Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia