Tour group exhibition:
ID: E22.2


When the Sun Is Low – the Shadows Are Long


April 1 – May 13, 2022:
Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland

June 10 – September 25, 2022:
GfZK – Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

Anna Karpenko

Alexander Adamov, Irina Anufrieva, Bazinato, Evelina Domnitch / Dmitry Gelfand, Jazep Drazdovič, Zhanna Gladko, Jan Helda , Siarhei Hudzilin, Zahar Kudin, Siarhiej Leskiec, Masha Maroz, Aliona Pazdniakova, Anton Sarokin, Ala Savashevich, Olga Sazykina, Sergey Shabohin, Jura Shust, Anna Sokolova, Władysław Strzemiński, Masha Svyatogor
Pictorially collage series Tectonic Plates, 2022;
video Mandrake Gardens, 2020

Sergey Shabohin:
pictorially collage series Tectonic Plates, 2022

Belarussian philosopher Ihar Babkou dubbed Belarus the "Kingdom of Ruins" in reference to a history of abandonment and orphanhood, coupled with an extraordinary wealth of this place that the media often calls the "terra incognita". "Ruins" delineate the boundaries of every civilisation's repatriation to "Nature". Shadows of the past become the harbinger of our attempts to interpret, visualise, and embrace a trace of times haunted by absence and persecution. The longer the shadows, the less our chance of discovering the truth about the objects that cast them.

The exhibition When The Sun Is Low – The Shadows Are Long offers a view of a historical and contemporary context of Belarussian art, revealing intricate interconnections between the deep archaic nature of human beings in social, political and cultural dimensions, and a timorous desire to break the vicious cycle of repressive regimes and their systems.

Anna Karpenko


Project by:
Arsenal Gallery in Białystok GfZK – Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig
Goethe-Institut Warsaw

Supported by:
The Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation
Martin Roth Initiative