Historia o historii

A Story about Certain Histories

Galeria Labirynt | Plaza, 13 Lipowa Street (the Ofiar Katynia Street entrance)
Exhibition opening May 1st, 2017 (Friday), 5 p.m.
On until: May 28th, 2017 (Tue – Sun, 12 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
Free admission

Oleksandr Burlaka, Hubert Czerepok, Szuper Gallery, Nikita Kadan, Zhanna Kadyrova, Volodymyr Kostyrko, Lada Nakonechna, Andriy Raczynskyi i Daniil Revkovskyi, Anastasiia Rudnieva, Natasha Shevchenko, Kostyantyn Smolyaninov, Ewa Zarzycka

Curator: Yaroslav Futymskyi

A Story about Certain Histories is a reinterpretation of last year’s exhibition at the museum of the paperboard combine in Poninka (Ukraine), where Yaroslav Futymskyi, its curator, placed works of contemporary Ukrainian and Polish artists in the context of the historical exhibits.

At the museum, which has been closed for twenty-six years, the story is told of the enterprise, the technological development of a provincial town, and the life of its inhabitants, from a Soviet perspective. The aim of the curator’s experiment was to show how history can continue to speak to us, and that the universal artistic language is ideally suited to this purpose. The invited artists confront the larger history with individual lives; they speak of memory and forgetting, deconstruct political propaganda, revealing the mechanisms governing it, as well as weave their own stories, told from a private perspective.

The Lublin exhibition is an attempt to answer the question of how the same works will function when isolated from the special and historical context of the museum. The neutral white cube of the gallery undoubtedly poses a challenge: removing the references to meanings that were gained from the works due to the presence of museum pieces can be perceived as a certain absence, but it can also generate new meanings

A Story about Certain Histories is an exhibition which is presumed to undergo continuous transformations, avoiding the depiction of unequivocal and definitive versions of the related stories. Paradoxically, the polyphonic historical narration serves to objectify history, although it is not possible to miss the utopian idea implicit here. To avoid the situation in which the Ukrainian exhibition would become a monument to the past in itself, new works were added to the exposition in Lublin.

A Story about Certain Histories is an exhibition about the everlasting necessity of reworking history and reflecting upon its individual comprehension, as well as the never ending search of one’s own place within it.

(Agnieszka Cieślak)