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