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The body of awareness. In the National Museum of Taras Shevchenko, the Poles showed the Ukrainians who they are

The exhibition “Our National Body”, which took place in the Ukrainian Museum of Ukraine, the National Museum of Taras Shevchenko, after the Polish Bialystok, “deceived” all the expectations of the Kiev public related both to the theme and to the place of its display. And it turned out to be the most interesting ...“God from the screen” and screaming caricatures of Poles, performances of Peter Pavlensky, “Kiev diary” Vlada Ralko - projects for participation in the Ukrainian-Russian-Polish exhibition were chosen by the curator from Poland, curator Monika Shevchyk. We look at how “Our national body” is located in the Shevchenko Museum in the dimensions of the sovrisk of the three countries.Peter Uklyansky, Untitled (Solidarity), 2007
The Poles willingly compare the protest actions of Solidarity with the Ukrainian Maidan 2013–2014. The annals of the Ukrainian sovriska included a long story about how in 2012 Sergey Kvit, the future Minister of Education of Ukraine (then the president of the Kiev-Mohyla Academy), He closed the exhibition devoted to the study of “Ukrainian sexuality and physicality” by young Ukrainian artists “Ukrainian Body”, which was held within the walls of “his” Academy. Since then, radical exhibition projects "about this" have not been started in Ukraine - the symbols and taboos of Ukrainian identity remain unexplored. And, with all the significance of the name, the exhibition "Our national body" also turned out to be a purely political study.
Within the framework of this project, three countries at once — Ukraine, Russia and, mainly, Poland — represented by their young artists, were offered to engage in “national self-determination”. And, since it is impossible to fully reveal and “retell” the mentality of three nations at once within the framework of one exposition, the “National Body” project turned out to be quite a poster in something. However, the same implies the brightness of the feed.At the opening of the exhibition in full came the famous group of R.E. P. In the photo: Lada Nakonechnaya, Zhanna Kadyrova, Nikita Kadan. Exhibitors: Adam Roof (Adam Adach), Anna Baumgart (Anna Baumgart), Chto Delat Team, David Chichkan, Hubert Cherepok (Hubert Czerepok), Alexandra Chernyavskaya, Katarzhina Kozyr (Katarzyna Kozyra), Kobasa Lax (Kobas Laksa), Petr Petr Pavlensky, Marek Raczkowski (Marek Raczkowski), Thomas Raf (Tomáš Rafa), Vlada Ralko, Nicholas Mother, Jadwiga Savitskaya (Jadwiga Sawicka), Piotr Uklanski (Piotr Uklański), Peter Vysotsky (Piotr Wysocki).Adam Adah, with the help of the work "Tribune (1)" and "Tribune (2)" explores the phenomenon of the crowd. The crowd is not able to critically treat the events, which becomes a participant, to ideologies. Therefore, it is often used by politicians who set people against each other, the artist believes. “Once our countries were parts of a single organism: the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the Russian Empire, the USSR. The differences between all of us, who created tension in relations, were equally strongly felt. The debate on national identity is still ongoing, but it seems that our people are now reviewing their own models of self-awareness. "Jadwiga Savicka, “Good God”, 2003, digital printing, lightbox. Second object: Jadwiga Sawicka, “Mother of God”, 2003, digital printing, lightbox.

In her installations, the artist comments on the “superficial” religiosity of modern Poles. - No, for the first time I heard about the scandalous exhibition “Ukrainian Body” here, in Kiev. The “roll call” of the names is random, ”the curator of Our National Body, the famous director of the Arsenal Gallery in Bialystok, Monika Shevchyk, assured“ Arthive ”(see the full interview with Mrs. Monika).Cartoons are also quite relevant “exhibition” art. And the problems that Marek Rachkovsky reflects on are relevant both for Poland and for Ukraine and Russia today.Left: “As soon as the Poles raise salaries, Jews raise prices!” Right: “Do not drink to the Motherland, snot !?” It turns out that the project “Our Body” is deceiving the aspirations of domestic conservatives, which is gratifying. Together with this exposition, in their recent stronghold, the National Museum of Taras Shevchenko, the actual, contemporary art was finally “established”. Consisting mainly of video and media, comprehending the most modern events and individual “stamps” of the national mentality of different countries. And all this is presented to the public not without a desire to argue.The “Kiev diary” series Vlada Ralko began to create during the events on the Maidan. - We did not take part in the formation of the exposition and the selection of participating artists. So both the video of the performances of the Russian Peter Pavlensky, and the painting of our Vlada Ralko, and the work of the artist David Chichkan (he is also known for his “left”, anarchist views - author's note) was selected by the curator Monika Shevchyk for the exhibition, - told us Director of the Shevchenko Museum Dmitry Stus. “But we are pleased with the fact that, it seems, we finally“ deduce ”the perception of the name of Taras Shevchenko from the influence of the populist discourse. “Our national body” is interesting for young people and thinking people of our countries. Although, I myself might have been more radical in the assessments, being in the place of many participating artists, Mr. Stus added. And he noticed that the story about the most pressing problems of different countries - namely, the exposition is, in fact, devoted to him - is perceived in the museum as a “text”. However, Taras Shevchenko also, after all, is the author of the “life text” about Ukraine, one of the most famous.Whatman with the image of babies in camouflage, surrounded by ribbons with symbols of the Ukrainian (blue and yellow), Russian (tricolor) and OUN (red and black) flags, David Chichkan brought to the very opening of the exhibition. “Other work was planned. She is in the catalog. But I unexpectedly painted this one myself, ”the artist told us. Another“ physical ”moment is that the entrance to the exhibition for children under the age of 16 was limited in the museum: only in the presence of parents. This innovation so surprised even the officials of the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture and the meticulous Monika Shevchik, who were the first to find out why it was right to “not let go” on the video about “Maidan” and “about Solidarity”. While Monika, commenting on such a decision, hardly concealed her irritation (see video), although she simultaneously scattered praises for the organizational talents of the Shevchenko Museum team.Alexandra Chernyavskaya, Murder of Stephen. Oil on canvas, 2008 The painting is built on the principle of simultaneous composition: episodes from different times are shown simultaneously. The action takes place during the Second World War. The German listens to the denunciation of the Collaborator, at whose back Partizan is aiming a pistol. The collaborator runs away and hides in the house. The door closes and Stefan props up with his body. Partizan shoots at the closed door, thinking that he is killing the collaborator. That one, meanwhile, jumps out the window. Wounded Stephen falls to the floor. Two children, brother and sister Stephen, are looking at a pool of blood around his head. Partizan shoots himself in the head. So Chernyavskaya argues about the ambiguity of interpretation of historical events. However, see for yourself what exactly could harm the defenseless souls of young people of Kiev and their compatriots. And in Poland, the exhibition was held without age restrictions.A frame from the film Nicholas Ridny "Ordinary Places", 2014Kievans watch video documentation of performances of Peter Pavlensky. The Russian artist today is popular in Ukraine. And if it is more serious, then “Our national body” is interesting, first of all, all the same, because it is a look at modern Ukrainians and, to a lesser extent, Russians, young Poles. And the Poles themselves - for themselves. We perceive many realities differently, and even for participation in such a project, we would certainly “delegate” to Poland completely different artists with other works. For the first time, the exhibition was held in the Polish Arsenal in August-September 2015 with the financial support of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland. In Kiev, the exhibition runs until June 22, 2016.