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Curatorial project:
ID: E21.1


Title:

Marek Wodzisławski:
POV




Date:
February 25 — April 04, 2021

Place:
Ujazdowski Castl Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland

Curator:
Sergey Shabohin

Artist:
Marek Wodzisławski





Marek Wodzisławski:
2021


Explication:
Optics, picture, vision. The compulsion of looking, the (im)possibility of seeing, and the eye to get under somebody else’s skin. Through human and animal corporeality, the artist creates a space where the eye is guided by its own logic, affectively searching for contact. POV is a story about the distance between the eye and the “I,” where intimate fantasies mix with brutal imagery, revealing the underside of reality.

POV has been produced specially for the Project Room as part of a series of presentations of young Polish artists, following shows this season by Kornelia Dzikowska, Jan Baszak, Adelina Cimochowicz, Piotr Bruch, and Sebastian Sebulec.

Marek Wodzisławski holds a degree in painting from the Katowice Academy of Fine Arts; he is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Intermedia of the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts, finalist of the Hestia Artistic Journey competition, and winner of the Gdańsk Municipal Gallery Award for best art-school master’s project. His practice is informed by notions of bio-existence, trauma, and fiction as well as animality as a critical point of experience.


Curatorial text:

Extreme beauty: other vision optics


“. . . and although your brain twisted, like the horn of a ram,
Nothing drips of blue eyes.”

Joseph Brodsky

Can beauty be extreme?

POV 1 is a show that deals comprehensively with the experience of other vision. The eye is an omniscient narrator here, but also an irrational subject and consumer of sensations. Searching for extreme aesthetics, the artist tests aggressive visuality. Inspired by representations of digital streams – shocking images of violence, pornography, dismembered body – he identifies them with an iconography of fantasies. Moreover, he himself is unable to look away from them, his eyes being wide open, the radical closeness fecundating him.

Optic-nerve damage, monochromacy, retinal detachment, cataract – these and similar disorders reveal the physical limit of contact. Is it possible to break through the membrane of the Other’s gaze? In his projects, Wodzisławski makes use of animal bodies or body parts. The animal being for him part Other, part alter ego, he finds in them a means of searching for a common identity as he approaches them in terms of the animal, bestial, twinned.

Reflective membrane, cut-off eyelids, cosmic cataract: the show’s protagonists bring into being a story about the eye and identity, cruelty and pleasure, impregnation and freezing.

Sergey Shabohin


[1] Acronym for “point of view.” Denotes a style in pornography where the camera operator is also one of the actors. By extension, a pornographic film representing the viewpoint of a person involved in sexual activity.



Colophon:
Coordination
Joanna Saran  

Communications coordinator
Natalia Karas

Curator of exhibition series
Michał Grzegorzek

Visual identity
Tomasz Bersz

Translation
Marcin Wawrzyńczak





   
Group exhibition:
ID: E20.14


Title:

Belarus Protest Art




Date:
December 15 — 27, 2020

Place:
59 Rivoli, Paris, France

Curators:
Kirill Pissarev, Lena Zerka 

Artists:
Andrey Anro, Olga Balai, Rufina Bazlova, Hleb Burnashev, Darya Buryakina, Doctor Oy, Veronika Chkoidze, JestercapLena Davidovich, Zhanna Gladko, group Hutka Smachnaa, Tasha Katsuba, Anna KovsharPasha Kritchko, Aleksei Kuzmich, Liliya Kvasabaya, Jura Ledyan, Lililoveme, Hanna MurajadaMarina Naprushkina, Uliana Nevzorova, Nick OsadchiyVasilisa Palianina, Lesia Pcholka, Ales Pushkin, Anna RedkoSiarhei Rusak, Anastasia Rydlevskaya, Nadya Sayapina, Darya SazanovichSergey Shabohin, Skroz Zmrok, Anton Snt, Masha Svyatogor, Jura Toreev, Trohi HirovatoDarya Trublina, Irina VakulevichVolny Hor, Ilya Yerashevich, Yauhen Yerchak, Ezhi Yorsh, Ekaterina Zagorodniaya
Works:
Graphic panel archive-score Practices of Subordination: Solidarity Score;
18 graphic sheets from the series Martyrdom





Sergey Shabohin:
graphic panel archive-score
Practices of Subordination:
Solidarity Score,

2020


Explication [in French]:
Belarus.Protest.Art est une exposition et une action collective qui dépasse les frontières de l'art et rassemble, autour d'une cause commune, artistes, designers, illustrateurs, photojournalistes et activistes, tou.te.s engagé.e.s dans la lutte du peuple bélarusse contre la « dernière dictature d'Europe ». À mi-chemin entre pratique de résistance et passage de témoin, leurs œuvres résultent d'une réaction immédiate aux événements dramatiques de ces quatre derniers mois qui ont violemment secoué le Bélarus et ont déjà profondément marqué son histoire contemporaine.En se focalisant sur la praxis révolutionnaire au préjudice de la poétisation de la Révolution, la présente exposition aura pour but d'explorer les spécificités du mouvement contestataire bélarusse et, parallèlement, de rendre compte de la complexité des liens existant entre l'art et la politique, deux régimes de partage du sensible, deux opérations trouvant leur source dans l'acte de représenter, deux occupations dissemblables coexistant dans un champ de symboles commun.Le jour de l'ouverture, un état d'exception sera déclaré sur la totalité de l'espace d'exposition du 59 Rivoli. Jusqu'au 27 décembre, il se transformera en point de mobilisation quotidienne et accueillera une dizaine d'événements publics, conférences, projections, concerts, et d'autres activités en lien avec le sujet de l'exposition.

Pour avoir plus d'information sur l'exposition : www.instagram.com/belarus.protest.art


   
Online group exhibition:
ID: E20.13


Title:

Lives Belarus




Date:
November 29 — December 10, 2020

Place:
Museum of Contemporary Art in Śrem, Śrem, Poland

Curator:
Mark Maksimovich

Artists:
Wlodzimerz Bludnik, Vitaly Degtyarev, Mark Maksimovich, Vladimir Metelski, Aleks Novitski, Ales Pushkin, Sergey Shabohin, Anton SNT, Ksenia Vysockaya 
Work:
Photo documentation Social Marble: Scenery





Sergey Shabohin:
Social Marble: Scenery,
2020




   
Solo exhibition:
ID: E20.7


Title:

Social Marble:
the Rise of Civil
Society in Belarus




Date:
November 1 — 20, 2020

Place:
House der Statistic, Berlin, Germany

Artist, idea:
Sergey Shabohin
Project coordinators:
Zmicer Chartkou, Yauheni Fedarovich,  Anna Limantava









Explication:

Social Marble: dynamic archive of the rise of civil society in Belarus


Before the beginning of the presidential elections in the Republic of Belarus in 2020, we could observe the rapid revival and growth of civil society, which is only strengthening day by day. Every day men and women of Belarus are joining their efforts to achieve the desired changes within the framework of peaceful protest. They demand the resignation of Alexander Lukashenko, who has taken over his post through blatantly rigged elections; to return this post to Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who promised to hold fair elections, release political prisoners and bring to justice all those who took part in rigging, killing, maiming and raping protestants and violated the law. Peaceful protest is getting stronger every day, creating more powerful and complex chains of solidarity and networks of mutual support. The world admires the resilience, creativity, culture and fearlessness of Belarussian protestants.

The project Social Marble: the Rise of Civil Society in Belarus is a personal exhibition of Sergey Shabohin. Within the framework of the project, the artist communicates with selected counter-players from Belarus for several weeks about the phenomenon of the rapid revival of civil solidarity in Belarus during a peaceful protest. As a result of the conversations, a dynamic archive is being created and it is systematically placed on the walls of a uniquely designed structure. The archive is aimed at fixing how exactly Belarusian civil society was born, with key prerequisites and important dates; how protest moods emerged and were transformed; and how everything resulted in an organized peaceful revolution. The archive will include a timeline of the rise and development of protest, as well as a glossary of the new civil society. It will consistently include texts, photographs, terms, quotations, references and dates in the form of printed and glued to the wall documents. The entire process is recorded in real-time by a camera. In parallel, an Instagram account of the project and a detailed project index are maintained as well.

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 Group exhibition:
ID: E20.12


Title:

Touchable Distance




Date:
October 29 — November 29, 2020

Place:
Ў Gallery of contemporary art, Minsk, Belarus

Curators:
Anastasiya Grishanova, Valentina Kiselyova, Anna Chistoserdova

Artists:
Danil Akimov, Raman Aksionau, Aljoscha, Siarhiej Babareka, Anatoly Belov, Alina Bliumis, Group Bouillon, Janna Grak, Mikhail Gulin, Andrei Dureika, Aleksey Zinchenko, Michal Iwanowski, Nikita Kadan and AntiGonna, Valery Katsuba,  Aleksander Komarov, Sergiy Petlyuk, Karol Radziszewski, Igor Savchenko, Ala Savashevich, Anna Sokolova, Tamara Sokolova, Topp&Dubio, Maxim Tyminko, Viktoryia Kharytonava, Sergey Shabohin, Oleg Yushko
Work:
Photo ST()RE #12: Dusty Slogan





Sergey Shabohin:
photo ST()RE #12:
Dusty Slogan,
2020


Explication:
The Gallery team presents the exhibition project we have been working on for the last few months.
The text below was written for the project Touchable Distance, to open the gallery in August 2020, immediately after the quarantine and the first wave of the pandemic.The situation in the country has changed and the exhibition had to be postponed. At the same time, the artists' statements and their themes did not lose their relevance, on the contrary, they acquired new meanings and connotations. We decided not to change the text, it was left untouched: to sound absolutely different in this new context.

Recently, we have all been forced into a new format of interaction with reality and each other. This format has led to the frustration and rethinking of familiar concepts, increased fears and anxieties, and complete change in life and behavior. Breaking our usual tactile connections made us access the network constantly, and all the "touching" connections turned into online-connects. To survive, it became necessary to maintain social distance as to be isolated, but still remain visible and sustain contacts.

«These strange times» caused us to slow down and think about what we really need most: love, intimacy, the importance of tactile sensations and warmth. Also physical presence and communication with loved ones, mutual support and assistance. On a face of it simple human needs.
Unknown. Uncertainty. Inescapability. Loneliness. Insanity. Nonsense. Stress. Anxiety. Masks. Deprivation of Liberty. Plague. Disease. Fear of suffocation and all other shades of horror. The desire to hide. The apocalypse. Hell. Deceleration. Reflexion. Privacy. Solidarity. Creation of a new. Mutual assistance. The desire to breathe freely. Creativity. New meanings. Awakening. Release. Understanding. Value.

How did the relationships between these powerful words and our attitude towards the external and internal perceptions change our worldview? Has something changed in principle?

Many thanks to those who helped us in the project: architectural bureau Radical Passive, Sticker.by, Mihail Mishuk, Anron Ryabov, Olga Bubich, Ilona Dergach, Ekaterina Daneyko, Andrey Zimenko, Alexey Kutuzov, Alina Rudina, Juliya Bardoun, Inessa Poltoran, Juliya Buslaeva, Denis Bashun, Anisiya Kazliuk, Maksim Savich, Igor Yukhnevich and a large number of those who were with us all this time!
Keep your distance and stay calm. Be closer. Together.