When The Sun Is Low – The Shadows Are Long

The exhibition When the Sun Is Low – the Shadows Are Long was created as part of the curatorial fellowship of Anna Karpenko at GfZK. For almost a year we have been working on this presentation of Belarusian artists together with Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok and the Goethe-Institut Warsaw. The unjustifiable war in Ukraine, caused by Russia, has given this project a special urgency. Together with all the participants we stand resolutely against the war! In doing so, we explicitly show solidarity with all those who are suffering from this war, in order to oppose national attributions, discrimination or racism.

Franciska Zólyom on behalf of the GfZK team
Leipzig, March 17, 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

The exhibition will be presented first at Galeria Arsenal, Białystok (Poland) from 01.04.-13.05.2022.

A project in collaboration with the Galeria Arsenał in Białystok, the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig (Leipzig Museum of Contemporary Art) and the Goethe-Institut Warsaw.

With the kind support of the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, Martin Roth-Initiative and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

A project in collaboration with the Galeria Arsenał in Białystok, the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig (Leipzig Museum of Contemporary Art) and the Goethe-Institut Warsaw

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Kindly supported by

the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, Martin Roth-Initiative, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Friends of the GfZK

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