10 December 2020 - 12 December 2020
Hauptkirche St Petri Hamburg
Photos by Dmitrij Leltschuk ©
New Belarus Art presents a group exhibition of Belarusian artists in the main church St.-Petri in Hamburg from Friday 10th December 2020 to Sunday 13th December 2020.
After the regime announced its electoral victory and responded to the peaceful protests, which continue to this day with mass arrests, repression and torture, a worldwide movement of Belarusian protest art emerged. Artists have consolidated themselves and, through the prism of their own perception, create works that are particularly topical, particularly urgent and very close to the times.
Every day, politicised works are created, where new heroes are highlighted and the anti-heroes are ironised about. Mostly they are striking illustrations or digital collages, which are quickly created in response to the regime's actions. Often it is also realistic photographs that document the momentum of events. Sometimes it is minimalist graphics or expressive paintings that express the horror of violence or the pursuit of hope.
However, not all artists interpret the current themes that are currently on everyone's lips, but they all feel the pain on a metaphysical level, which in some way affects their work. This metaphysical pain is an ethnopsychological phenomenon that unites Belarusians as a whole and moves them to rediscover their own essence and role in the formation of the "New Belarus", including the awareness of their right to free, independent existence and the creation of an original ethnic culture, including contemporary visual art.
The works of art of the Belarusian artists are presented worldwide and meet with great public response. In Germany it is the third exhibition in a row. The works have so far been shown in the St. Marienkirche in Rostock and the St. Marienkirche in Lübeck. Now St. Peter's Church in Hamburg is opening its doors on the international Human Rights Day, which was defined on 10 December 1948 by the General Assembly of the United Nations. This is a symbolic opening day, because human rights are violated every day in Belarus, including those of artists, many of whom are on the run.
The violation of human rights has now reached a new level of escalation and many feel like helpless hostages, which is reflected in the theme of the exhibition. The art tells of the consequences of state terrorism and is therefore deeply political. It mobilises, informs, entertains, frightens and convinces.
On the opening day, parts from the book "Seeking Justice, Stories of Violence in Belarus" will be read. It contains dozens of publications by the Belarusian media which testify to torture and other forms of cruel treatment of people.
The exhibition can be visited on Thursdays and Fridays from 3 p.m. to 6.30 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Church of St. Mary. 42 positions of 12 artists will be presented. Among them are paintings, graphics, illustrations, photographs, animations and video installations by emerging Belarusian artists living both in Belarus and in the EU.