ABSORPTION, Jura Shust, BY
March 17 - April 5, 2017
Gallery of Contemporary Art “Ў”
ABSORPTION Jura Shust / solo exhibition
Curated by Aleksei Borisionok
Lecture by curator Aleksei Borisionok The Broken Rebus of Jura Shust: On the Mirror of Narcissus, Technology and Alienation: March 17, 6 pm
Exhibition Opening: March 17, 7 pm
“Ў” gallery of contemporary art is pleased to present Absorption, a solo exhibition by Jura Shust.
Jura Shust reflects on the interconnection of rituals and myths with technology, science and bio-politics. The artworks were created in 2016-17 years and have not been presented in Minsk before. The exhibition will bring together objects, graphics, and video into a single installation. Created from technogenic and everyday materials, Shust’s artworks pay attention to the contradictions of modernity: to the passion for rational knowledge and fetishism, engagement with modern communication networks and archaic view of the world. His works often contain metaphors of flow, movement and repetition, which can be used to describe the current processes in society. Thus, the “Ghost Particles Catchers (2016) connects the graphic language of contemporary science with mythical symbols and everyday life codes: the gravitational field of the Earth, a glass of champagne and the owl of Minerva. In artist’s own words: “The exhibition is an archaeological decoding of digital human.” Thus, it addresses issues of the future: the increasing speed of communication and information intoxication, technological and mythological utopianism which frames the belief in immortality.
Jura Shust (b. 1983, Maladzyechna), is an artist living in Belarus and Belgium. Since 2011 he has regularly taken part in international exhibitions, such as "Opening the Door? Belarusian Art Today" at the CAC - Contemporary Art Centre (Vilnius, Lithuania, 2010) and "Europe (to the power of) n" at the GFZK - Museum of Contemporary Art (Leipzig, Germany, 2012). In 2014, Shust received his master's degree at the KASK - Royal Academy of Arts (Ghent, Belgium), and in the same year he was selected for the prestigious "Coming People Biennial Exhibition" at S.M.A.K. - Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (Ghent, Belgium). In 2016 he graduated from the HISK - Higher Institute for Fine Arts (Ghent, Belgium). Over the past 3 years, he has participated in numerous international exhibitions, and in 2016 he represented Belarus and Belgium at the V Moscow Biennale of Young Art. Jurs Shust’s work is represented in private and public collections such as S.M.A.K.