gfzk - Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig
Book launch with Anna Karpenko, Anne König, and Malin Gewinner
"When The Sun Is Low – The Shadows Are Long" edited by curator Anna Karpenko, opens up the view on the shadowy historical, political and phenomenological territory called Belarus. It highlights the interplay between an interest in tradition, the archaic and cosmology on the one hand, and a striving towards a pure form of modernist avant-garde on the other. Theoretical texts, poems, and interviews will frame twenty positions of Belarusian artists. They are reflecting various forms of resistance against repressive systems, whether they be the appropriation of ritual practices, artistic expression through amateur cosmology or the invention of a new language or a game.
The publication "When The Sun Is Low – The Shadows Are Long" is based on the group exhibition of the same name, which was shown in the Arsenal Gallery in Białystok and in the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst
in Leipzig in 2022.
When The Sun Is Low – The Shadows Are Long
Eds: Anna Karpenko, commissioned by Arsenal Gallery, Białystok, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig; Goethe-Institut, Warsaw
Texts: Anna Karpenko, Ihar Babkou, Volha Arkhipova, Daniel Muzyczuk, Lena Prents
128 pages, Belarusian / English, ca. 60 b / w- and colour illustrations, 24 x 31 cm, softcover
Anna Karpenko, born 1985 in Minsk (Belarus), based in Leipzig, curator and author. In her curatorial and research practice she represents the intrinsic links between the archaic and contemporary forms of being.
She is a MA student of the Program “Cultures of the Curatorial” at HGB.