Nazar Bilyk, Sergiy Bratkov, Johanna Diehl, Open Group (Yuriy Biley, Pavlo Kovach, Anton Varga), Alevtina Kakhidze, Lesia Khomenko, Dariia Kuzmych, Boris Mikhailov, Mykola Ridnyi, Steve Schepens, Hito Steyerl, Mariya Vasilyeva, Clemens von WedemeyerVenue:
Haus am Lützowplatz
Fördererkreis Kulturzentrum Berlin e.V.
Curated by Eleonora Frolov and Kateryna Rietz-Rakul.
The exhibition „Fruits of Wrath – Attempt at comprehension: Ukraine“ deals with the current events in Ukraine and ventures an attempt to shed light on the causes and consequences of the war.
The international artists allow us an insight, as the fight for a free Ukraine and the future of Europe continues. Their works reveal personal, social, and political phenomena and question the role of art in this conflict. The artists take different perspectives on this: some artists remain in Ukraine to understand the events and processes from the inside, others have fled at the risk of their lives, and some have lived abroad for a long time. Non-Ukrainian artists comment on the events from the outside.
The show focuses on Ukraine’s independent development, its self-discovery, and the representation of its historical and cultural sovereignty in the context of European history. The exhibition deconstructs often overlooked colonial processes and examines their manifestations, for example in the form of cultural appropriation.
The title is based on the 1939 novel „Grapes of Wrath“ by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck. The book is a journey into the social and mental abysses at the time of the Great Depression in the United States. Like the artists in the exhibition, Steinbeck wanted to comment on history as it was happening.
The Ukrainian-German curatorial duo Eleonora Frolov (DE) and Kateryna Rietz-Rakul (UA/DE) have been working together since the outbreak of the Maidan protests in 2013/14, questioning curatorial practice in existential times. Together, the curators seek to define a new ethic of exhibiting and coexisting.
9.2.2023, 7 pm
Artist talk Mykola Ridnyi and Clemens von Wedemeyer
2.3.2023, 7 pm
Performance with Alevtina Kakhidze
16.3.2023, 7 pm
Discussion with Vasyl Cherepanyn and Johanna Diehl
The program is subject to change. More information...