When Red and White ain’t so Black and White
February 5 — March 19, 2022
Sentiment, Zurich, Switzerland
Slavs and Tatars’ Pickle Bar
Andrey Anro, Uladzimir Hramovich, Vasilisa Palianina, Ala Savashevich, Olia Sosnovskaya, Sergey Shabohin
video Mandrake Gardens, 2020
© photo: Philipp Rupp / Julien Gremaud
Pickle Bar sees in fermentation an analogy for the social transformation of the stagnate, the spoiled, or rotten political substance into a bracing regime to share the surplus fruits of souring. For the exhibition When Red and White ain’t so Black and White at Sentiment Slavs and Tatars’ Pickle Bar invites six former Belarusian participants of the studio’s mentorship program (2018–2019) to articulate an argument around these notions. Each of the invited artists investigates their epoch amidst the cult of personality, the tyranny of individualism and its repression on collective bodies. A white and red stork offers us a more generative take on the white and red flag of Belarus, asking us to reconsider new symbols far from a reductive nationalist attitude, be they related to exhaustion, hospitality, club or queer culture.