Our gallery artist Jura Shust is currently presenting his project «Neophyte II» in the framework of «Every Day. Art, Solidarity, Resistance», a group exhibition at Mystetskyi Arsenal (Kyiv, Ukraine).
At the time when Belarus is shaken by a major political crisis accompanied by mass protests and unprecedented repressions, while the whole world is gripped by a pandemic, Jura Shust films how a group of Belarusian millennials finds themselves in a parallel world. Accompanied by an artist who is both a mediator and a cameraman, young people go through a series of mysterious rituals that refer to both ethnic myths and the aimless pastime of modern youth: they make drawings on the ground, burn a tree stump with fire, sing, beat each other with nettles and decode the emerging burns. The forest becomes a place of protection, a shelter for magical and partisan forces, a space of non-linearity and freedom.
As the artist himself writes, «It is a looking-glass world – time here moves in a loop, the past and the future are united, and each sound echoes over the tree crowns to get back to the throat that produced it. A sacred forest surrounds a constellation of eye-like lakes, no one counts days or nights here, and every morning the light is born».
The exhibition will run until May 4, 2021.