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Group exhibition:
ID: E12.5


Sound Of Silence:
Art Against Dictatorship

January 27 — March 10, 2012

EFA Project Space, New York, USA

Olga Kopenkina

Project Antibrainwash, Nikita Kadan, Alexander Komarov, Denis Limonov (and group Lipovy Cvet), Marina Naprushkina, Ales Pushkin, Sergey Shabohin, Yauheni Shadko, Lena Soulkovskaia, Oleg Yushko and group Fau
Installation Practices of Subordination (Social Body)

Sergey Shabohin:
fragmnt of installation
Practices of Subordination
(Social Body),

Curated by Belarus-born Olga Kopenkina, this exhibition brings together nine of the most active Belarus artists and collectives, and their videos, posters, paintings and installations created in solidarity with popular protests.

Belarus President Lukashenka usurped governmental control seventeen years ago, and proceeded to turn Belarus, once culturally vibrant and working to reestablish its national identity, into a repressed and stagnant dictatorship. In December, 2010, accusations against falsified presidential elections brought rise to a wave of peaceful protests throughout the country, which were, in turn unmercifully retaliated against by police and government forces.

Artists in Belarus began participating in the fast growing protest movement with new and bold actions that gained recognition throughout Europe despite the government’s efforts to silence them. Today, many of these artists, who came of age under the dictatorship of Lukashenka, use their practice to challenge the status quo and contribute to the democratic movement, which expands far beyond the native land.

«Sound of Silence: Art During Dictatorship», the first exhibition in New York City to survey the powerful activities coming from a generation of Belarusian artists who have endured seventeen years of autocratic rule.

«Sound of Silence» presents videos, posters, installations and paintings by nine of the most active artists and collectives from Belarus. These artists create work in solidarity with recent popular protest in Belarus, using their practice to challenge the status quo and contribute to the democratic movement, which expands far beyond their native land.