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Aftermath of Mikhail Gulin’s “public expression”

Written by Artem Onaschenko

After the arrest for art-project on October Square Belarusian artist was dismissed from the University, where he worked as senior lecturer of Department.

On the 9th of October a well-known Belarusian artist Mikhail Gulin was arrested on October Square, where he tried to put into action his art-project “Private monument”, that was realized in the context of international project of the Institute named after Goethe “Going public. About troubles of public expression”.

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Sense of beauty is alien to Belarusian policemen

Written by Artem Onaschenko

This week Minsk became one of the areas for international project of Institute named after Goethe, in which artists from Lithuania, Russia and Belarus discuss troubles with public expression. In simple words, the sense of this project is to demonstrate contemporary art not in  familiar galleries but in public places and to find out the problems, which are connected with such demonstration.

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In the afternoon I do interiors and at night I create my works

Written by Artem Onaschenko

Belarusian art space is polar. And this is its big problem. It happened long ago and this tendency seems to have long-term prospects. Our situation is that state machine aims to intervene in all spheres of life of common Belarusian people, even in most sacral. Even in art. At the result, in Belarus there is an unspoken division into “acceptable” and “unacceptable” artists, into “official” and “unofficial” Belarusian art. Some kind of USSR heritage. “Acceptable” artists smell like social realism, “unacceptable” only have odor of a political protest. However, both sides live rather hard life.

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Written by Artem Onaschenko

Necessity is the mother of invention (Russian proverb)



Blank sheet as it is – can be considered a masterpiece: it is a starting point for writer, artist, architect in realizing his flight of fantasies… Since the 2nd century BC, when people learned how to produce paper, they soon mastered the art of filigree cutting from it. As paper was spreading all over the planet, the art of cutting was spreading as well. In Europe people practiced silhouette (portrait) cutting, in Latin America – cutting with a plot. Cutting was also popular in Lithuania, Ukraine, Poland. By the way, it were Pole people who gave to this kind of decorative and applied art such an unusual name “vytinanka”, that means “a picture, cut from paper”.


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