Court Experiment – Hudrada collective
Exhibition opening 7th of February 2013. at 8pm*
Curatorial group Hudrada
From 7pm members of Ukrainian multidisciplinary curatorial collective Hudrada will be present in the gallery and will present to the interested audience specific cases of court proceedings, which have motivated this project and the context in which the works in the exhibition were created.
During the opening of the exhibition a performance by Alexander Wolodarsky will be presented. Wolodarsky was legally prosecuted and captivated as resault of an artistic action.
The exhibition “Court Experiment” first came together in 2010 – the reason for its genesis was a series of legal proceedings launched against members of the Hudrada group on account of their work as political activists. This type of initiative, designed to put pressure on activists with the connivance of the legal system, is symptomatic of the wider phenomenon of the persecution of activists in present-day Ukraine. The stories of trials brought against Yevgenia Belorusets, Andrey Movchan, Sergiy Movchan and Alexander Wolodarsky did not come to an end with the closure of the 2010 exhibition. Alexander Wolodarsky served a prison sentence, while trials against the others carried on, and this type of persecution has become increasingly systematic. “Court Experiment” is a statement against the prosecution of Ukrainian activists for expressing disagreement with real injustices. It is an action of solidarity with the accused, whose trials continued for years. The project started with visits to court sessions by people who wanted to express their support for the accused. Among them were activists, journalists, academics and artists.
“Court Experiment” attempts to draw public attention both to these concrete cases of legal prosecution and persecution in Ukraine. It also aims to highlight how the country’s legal system, as a government structure within a neocapitalist economy, is an instrument of violence and injustice. The exhibition also reveals the day-to-day realities against which the activists originally protested. These include the destructive expansion of capital into ordinary people’s living space, and the growth of pseudo-necessary state censorship.
The exhibition frames these events within the wider context of the political, cultural, and social circumstances of post-Soviet society. Hudrada’s exhibition in the SIZ gallery consists of authors’ works and draws conclusions concerning the court proceedings, whose subjects became the basis for the “Court Experiment”. A timeline of the court proceedings and related events accompanies the works.
The exhibition features works by Yevgenia Belorusets, Alexander Wolodarsky, Ksenia Hnylytska, Anna Zvyagintseva, Nikita Kadan, Yulia Kostereva, Yuriy Kruchak and Lada Nakonechna. The court drawings by Anatoliy Belov, Yevgeniya Belorusets, Oleksandr Burlaka, Nikita Kadan, Dmytro Myronchuk, Viktor Wolodarsky, and Anna Zvyagintseva.
This programme is supported by: Grad Rijeka – Odjel gradske uprave za kulturu, Primorsko goranska županija i Ministarstvo kulture RH
*Mingle with the artists over refreshments at the opening party
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