Outarky (For Us By Us)
Open: 21.09 – 07.10.2018 , wed-sat 12-6 pm
address: Miedziana 11 ,00-835 Warsaw (Dom Słowa Polskiego)
Young art in Ukraine is still seen by many in the country and abroad as a kind of message to the world, or at least a desire to generate one: a message about its “novelty,” being “world class,” whatever that means, and a message that forces this art to adapt to the universal market of culture. However, some of us can challenge this disposition by adopting a negative stance towards the global situation in art today. Consider the declining relevance of traditional cultural centers, those who once enjoyed the comfortable seat of their “‘geo/meta position’” now find the chair knocked out from under them. Communication has shifted to the Internet, turning the traditional megalopolis into a village with all its off-line institutions. The commercial populism of the Museum is another obstacle for the honest global artist to overcome. For many, this spells the end of the positivist post-Cold War era, among others.
The exhibition OUTarky / For Us By Us is a brief look at a heterogeneous group of Ukrainian artists with diverse practices, who express a certain level of introverted autonomy, oppose the genre’s dictatorship and act with some degree of indifference to their careers.
Curators: Vova Vorotniov and Janek Zamoyski
Photos above:Dima Tolkačov
The exhibition is part of Warsaw Gallery Weekend 2018
The project is supported by Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland.