Founded in 2020, New Belarus Art is an independent, non-profit art organization dedicated to promote Belarusian artists. We create opportunities for emerging and established artists, promote artistic exchange and experimentation, forge international collaborations to build shared platforms to incubate, to present and to discuss common practices and themes.
On August 9, an ethnopsychological phenomenon occurred. Belarusians all over the world felt metaphysical pain, which led to the unification and consolidation of the Belarusian people. On that day, the regime announced its election victory and responded to peaceful protests with stun grenades, rubber bullets and in some cases live ammunition. In the following days, thousands of citizens were arrested in the detention camp, tortured and raped with rubber sticks. Since then, the violent repressive attacks on the civilian population have increased, and the regime is fighting all approaches of oppositional thinking with inhuman means. Censorship, dismissals, expulsions, arrests and even kidnappings of opposition citizens are increasingly shaking the country.
These events have led to a re-evaluation of the ethnic self-identification of Belarusians around the world. Belarusians began to rediscover their own being, their role in understanding history and in the formation of the "New Belarus", including the awareness of their right to free and independent existence and to the creation of an original ethnic culture, including contemporary visual arts. The social and cultural core of this movement has become the mentality that allows ethnophiles to perceive reality in a similar way, to evaluate it and to act creatively, by perceiving the thesis of the determining role of national consciousness in the self-formation of the nation and connecting it with the Belarusian modern arts.
"New Belarus Art" wants to show positions of Belarusian artists which are particularly up-to-date, particularly urgent and very close to the time. However, New Belarus Art will exhibit works that show more than one connection of historical snapshot. By reflecting on their essence of new self-identification and their experience with the metaphysics of the ethnopsychological phenomenon, the artists create contemporary works which have the potential to make a special contribution to modern arts.
Helen was born in Belarus. She finished a Fine Art and Drawing Degree at the Belarusian State University in Minsk. She has exhibited her works in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe. Her artwork is published by European publishers. Helen is an award winner of Osten Biennial of Drawing and her works are included into worldwide public and private collections. Helen is co-founder and artistic director of New Belarus Art.
Elena was born in Belarus. She graduated from the music faculty of the Belarusian State University in Minsk and finished a pedagogical degree at the Hamburg University. Elena has worked for more than 20 years as a music coach in piano and early musical development. She has worked in educational institutions, founded a private music school and kindergarten. Elena gained her organizational experience working as a manager for international freight transportation. Elena is co-founder and fundraiser manager of New Belarus Art.
Dima Shulkin was born in Belarus. He graduated from the Master's degree in Computational Engineering at HAW Hamburg and was awarded Aviation Newcomer Award, Franz Herbert Spitz Award and Werner Baensh Award. Dima has worked in the industry for Airbus, Schaeffler, Fujitsu and is co-founder of a startup RobotDreams. Dima is the initiator and co-founder of New Belarus Art. The gallery brings together his longstanding passion for contemporary art with his background in industry.