Visual Culture Research Center at The Third International Arsenal Book Festival

31 May, Friday, 19:00
Book Arsenal, 10-12, Lavrska St., Hall 1

Presentation of the closed exhibitions research project and Ukrainian Body catalogue


The project In-hibition by Visual Culture Research Center exposes the stories of exhibitions that were closed in Ukraine during the last twenty years, attempting to explore what exactly needed to be suppressed, which fears and anxieties stood behind the acts of shutdown, why art was deprived of the right to be visible. A shutdown of an exhibition is always a reaction to the intolerable, which indicates that art is being experienced as dangerous, threatful for the comfortable viewer’s position. The project was first introduced at the exhibition Ukrainian News at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowsky Castle (Warsaw, Poland).

Presentation of the catalogue for the exhibition Ukrainian Body, which was closed in February 2012 at Visual Culture Research Center that was based in Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, will take place. The edition describes the story of the exhibition, its participants and the position of Ukrainian Body in the contemporary Ukrainian art context. The project In-hibition and the publication Ukrainian Body track the most significant manifestations of intolerance towards art while depicting the most vulnerable points of Ukrainian society.

Participants: Oksana Briukhovetska, Oleksandr Ivashyna, Serhiy Klymko, Lesia Kulchynska, Oleksiy Radynski.
Moderator: Vasyl Cherepanyn.