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Fear of Castration cycle:
ID: C8





Date:
Since 2016 

Introduction:
The series of works aimed at criticizing the official Belarusian culture through paradoxical clash with gay sex subculture







Stages the project
implementation:


   


2016:

Fear of Castration
in Minsk

W43.1

︎ technical info
Total installation
For group exhibition QAI/by, Ў Gallery, Minsk, Belarus





Total installation 
Fear of Castration,
Ў Gallery, Minsk, Belarus,
2016


The total installation Fear of Castration is devoted to the fears of the dominant official culture and ideology, both in Poland and in Belarus; their horror of the “filth” of the LGBT subculture. The installation is full of photographs showing the interiors and detailing the space of darkrooms found in gay clubs and bars in Warsaw. In addition to the collected photographic archive, the installation is completed by the slogan A White Culture is Afraid of Looking into a Black Hole. The “black cube” is built in the “white cube” of the gallery space as a darkroom, a changing room, or a room of horrors. The installation set the specific aesthetic dialect of “black rooms” against the ruling “white” (here = official Belarusian) culture, which, according to the artist, should stop fearing the aesthetic of the margins, and in this way overcome the titular “fear of castration”.

 
2016:

Fear of Castration
in Lublin

W43.2

︎ technical info
Installation
For group exhibition Now in Poland, Galeria Labirynt, Lublin, Poland





Installation  
Fear of Castration,
Galeria Labirynt,
Lublin, Poland,
2016


Version of the Minsk installation in Lublin



2018:

Fragment of
Fear of Castration
in Paris

W43.4

︎ technical info
Installation
For group exhibition Los Atravesados, Treize gallery, within Queer Week festival, Paris, France 

Includes fragment of cycle Zones of Repression





Fragment of
Fear of Castration,
Treize gallery,
within Queer Week festival
,
Paris, France,
2018


Fragment of the design and slide show documentation on the screen in the Paris gallery Treize within Queer Week festival. The second part of the installation from the Zones of Repression (or Displacement Zones) cycle.


   

2019:

Fear of Castration:
Darkroom-Labyrinth

W64.1

︎ technical info
Installation
For group exhibition We Will Not Change Our Show, Brno House of Art, Brno, Czech

Includes fragment of cycle Zones of Repression






Total installation 
Fear of Castration:
Darkroom-Labyrinth
,
Brno House of Art,
Brno, Czech,
2019


The installation is devoted to the fears of the dominant official culture and ideology, both in Poland and in Belarus; their horror of the ‘filth’ of the LGBT subculture. The photographs show the interiors of gay clubs and bars in Warsaw. The installation sets the specific aesthetic dialect of ‘dark rooms’ against the sterile, patriarchal dominant culture, which, according to the artist, should stop being scared of the aesthetics of the margins, and in this way overcome the titular ‘fear of castration’.

The labyrinth includes the installation Zones of Repression. Like in other countries, gay men in Belarus leave their messages on the walls of public toilets. However in Belarus all public spaces, including toilets, are cleaned until they shine. Therefore, people write messages to each other with small inconspicuous letters on the fugues between the tiles. The installation presents a collection of these hidden inscriptions, that are not only proposals of sexual nature; subcultural remarks, political opposition statements, and expressions of homophobic and racist aggression can also be found among them.

This installation is an image of public space in Belarus: everything that differs from the norms is pushed into the hidden zones. These seams, according to the authorities, are covered with mud, but for the artist they are a symbol of freedom. Let all the tiles be cleaned until they shine, let all the abnormal statements be pushed to the seams - in the end we see the grid as an image of direct social ties, and as a skeleton of society.

Fragment of cycle
Zones of Repression