ON INSTALLATION AND RESTORATION


intervention
Peace treaty
Educatorium
Kyiv, Ukraine
2018
On June 4, 2018, the exhibition space in the Educatorium cultural laboratory was consecrated according to the rules provided by the Orthodox Church.

The consecration took place a few hours before the exhibition was set up, and the very act was represented in the space with a text plate.


Screenshots from video documentation by Natalka Diachenko


This intervention reflects the following topics:
— collision of the sacred and the secular;
— recontextualization and introduction of additional aspects of perception of the exhibition as a statement as well as a series of individual works;
— religion’s soft power in expansion and assimilation.

Particular attention was paid to the process of negotiations with the priest, his understanding and awareness of the situation.

Any interpretation of the situation as a performance, happening or any other artistic form, is denied. The act of consecration is not subject to any authorship, no such claims implied. The work was presented at the graduation show called ‘Peace Treaty’, which summed up a six-months-long course of contemporary art at the Kiev Academy of Media Arts.

The work was presented at the graduation show called ‘Peace Treaty’, which summed up a six-months-long course of contemporary art at the Kiev Academy of Media Arts.

Special thanks to Fr. Vasiliy (Bunchak).