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Exhibitions
August 9 - 30, 2018

Uladzimir Hramovich's personal exhibition “When the rocks are uphill, the cannonballs are off the road”

August 9 – 30, 2018
Ў” Gallery of contemporary art

Uladzimir Hramovich's personal exhibition
“When the rocks are uphill, the cannonballs are off the road” * Curator: Aleksei Borisionok

August 9th, 19:00 exhibition opening

On his first solo exhibition in Minsk Uladzimir Hramovich is to show a series of collages, sculptures and videos.  The focal point of the exhibition is the dynamics of destruction and reconstruction of Minsk. The artist refers  to different periods of Minsk’s history, starting from the postwar destructions and finishing with privatization and the capitalist expansion of today. Hramovich incorporates them into geological changes and the transformation of the matter and structure of the Earth’s crust. The artist also addresses the history of late modernist architecture monuments, such as the VDNH (Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy) building, “Maskoŭski” bus terminal, the Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum and others, recently demolished so as to sell the land to investors, and criticizes the changes in the urban environment, speculations in real estate market and the official version of the historical memory.

The exhibition reveals the city landscape as a dynamic environment in which there is a collision between the public and the private, the public interest and the capital. The artist comments on different ways of assimilating the city space that include physical one, such as a takeover, the destruction of the old forms during wars and cataclysms, and aesthetical one, such as capturing it in a landscape, aestheticization of ruins and architecture rendering. A nature landscape printed on banners hides the capitalist’s interests just as the 1960s and 1980s Belarusian landscape paintings hid the partisans from the enemy. Therefore, Uladzimir Hramovich binds together the history of architecture and art with the city’s transformation and the representation of space. Working with the multilayered post-Soviet city, Hramovich asks a question: what does the landscape conceal, what does the ruins conceal, what does hides behind the building site’s fence conceal.

 * The exhibition’s name “When the rocks are uphill, the cannonballs are off the road” is taken from a book by Eyal and Ines Weizman  “Before and After: Documenting the Architecture of Disaster. The original quote belongs to the text from Errol Morris’ “Believing Is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography”.

Uladzimir Hramovich lives and works in Minsk. He graduated from Art College named after I. V. Akhremchik in Minsk in 2009 and from the Belarusian State Academy of Arts in 2015. He is an artist of Ў” Gallery of contemporary art since 2016. Hramovich participated in exhibitions in Minsk, Moscow, Vilnius and other cities. He had his first solo exhibition in Wrocław and participated in the V Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2017. Hramovich examines historical memory, architecture and the influence that politics has on art and material

 

Accompanying event

August 10th, 19:00

The Problem Collective. The Method of Reading. Session No. 2.

The Problem Collective is an art and research group created by Aleksei Borisionok, Uladzimir Hramovich, Alesia Zhitkevich and Olya Sosnovskaya in Minsk in 2016.