Th 19.5.2016 - Su 29.5.2016
1.00 pm - 6.00 pm Hrs


Kunsthalle Exnergasse

Into the Dark

In the framework of “The School of Kyiv” at Kunsthalle Exnergasse

Into the Dark
18 May 2016, 7 pm, Exhibition opening
19 May – 29 May 2016, Exhibition / Opening hours: daily 1 – 6 pm

Artists: Leonid Voitsehov, Lesia Khomenko, Sasha Kurmaz, Lada Nakonechna, Yevgen Nasadyuk, Yuri Leiderman and Igor Chatskin, Petro Ryaska, Fedir Tetyanych, Masoch Fund, “Night” movement, R.E.P. group

Curated by Hudrada

"Into the Dark" - an exhibition by the curatorial group Hudrada - is a collected documentation of performance actions carried out by artists at different times, starting in the 1980s and 1990s, mainly in Ukraine, as well as abroad. A deliberately helpless political gesture, taken to absurd lengths, and sometimes carried out completely alone, is what links these actions. And yet both responsibility for the gesture and its utterance spread beyond the action itself, and anyone who did not take part is nonetheless involuntarily drawn in to its field.
The 1980s and 1990s actions of Fedir Tetyanych, Yuri Leiderman and Masoch Fund do not bear witness to the formation of a tradition; in the context of the exhibition they assert their relevancy today, exploring the mad, the self-traumatising, the antisocial and at the same moment socially-utopian act.
The chronology of the works presented in the exhibition may be seen as capturing the principal political upheavals and events which have occurred in Ukraine over the last 30 years. The documenting of a lonely passage through a forest at night, "Night in the forest", a collective work from 2015 initiated by a Russian-Ukrainian artists' collective, completes the series.

Hudrada (Creative committee) act as curatorial and activist interdisciplinary group, active since 2008. Hudrada’s members are architects, political activists, translators, writers, designers, and artists. Projects organised by Hudrada are based on discussion combining the experience of participants. These projects have form of exhibitions, which become a platform for theoretical work, and public activist campaigns.

Further events in the framework of “The School of Kyiv” at Kunsthalle Exnergasse:

18 May 2016, 4 pm, Discussion
Ukraine in Flames: What Art Can Tell After the Revolution
Participants: Oleksandr Burlaka, Vasyl Cherepanyn, Lesia Khomenko, Serhiy Klymko, Lesia Kulchinska, Anya Medvedeva, Maria Teteriuk

21 May 2016, 5 pm, Presentation
David Chichkan. How to Make the Radical Left Art in Ukraine

21 May 2016, 7 pm, Lecture
Lesia Kulchinska. In-hibition: A Story of Love and Hatred Towards Art

A project by “The School of Kyiv” in collaboration with Kunsthalle Exnergasse . 

Entire programme of “The School of Kyiv” in Vienna. 
Supported with funds from SHIFT