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Engineering Hope, solo show Nikita Kadan
Galerie Transit @ Art Brussels 2014, 25 -27 april: Barricade & Private Suns


Barricade

“Barricade” (2013-2014) – is a series of watercolors with variations on a motif of barricade constructions. Barricades were a key image of protests in Kiev and are have already become a common part of the city centre. They represent the ideological eclecticism of the Ukrainian uprising. This eclecticism is actualized by the figure of a powerful enemy that keeps incompatible elements together. Euro-enthusiasm, civic and ethnic nationalisms, religious conservatism, the idea of progress through overcoming post-soviet inertia, vertical control and ‘organic democracy’ are able to co-exist as long as external danger is on the horizon. The New Ukrainian hope is constructed from found materials in extreme circumstances; it has a spontaneous ‘anarchitectural’ character, with highly mobile of elements and an ongoing potential for transformation.

 

Nikita Kadan Barricade 2014 Aquarel  56 x 76 cm [x 9]

Each watercolor: 56 x 76 cm, 2014

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Nikita Kadan working on Barricade nr 9

Private Suns

In the series “Private suns” (2013) the standard Soviet ‘sun grid’ appears as the protagonist. These grids - which feature radiating bars like the rays of the sun - are still actively present in the post-socialist urban environment, representing a field of tension between oppression as dreams, impoverished everyday life as utopian horizon.

The overarching narrative with its image of ‘common’ hope is replaced by a multiplicity of personal and collective intentions, forming new and new unstable and fluid alliances.

Nikita Kadan Private Suns neon and slide show

Private Suns, 180 x 120 x 15 cm, 2014, iron grid and neon on wooden box, edition 3

Photos copyright Bert de Leenheer, galerie Transit Mechelen, 2014

PC = private collection