Exhibition

23 January–17 April 2011

Olga Chernysheva: In the Middle of Things

exhibition by Olga Chernysheva curated by Cosmin Costinas

Olga Chernysheva, Citizens, painting, 2009. Photo: Victor Nieuwenhuijs

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst presents the exhibition In the Middle of Things by Olga Chernysheva, on view at BAK from 23 January till 17 April 2011. The opening takes place on 22 January at 17.00 hrs.

This solo exhibition by Russian artist Olga Chernysheva includes several new works and a survey of her practice. Through her paintings, watercolors, objects, videos, and photographs, Chernysheva engages in a complex process of observing, interpreting, and recomposing her surroundings in an exploration of art’s methods of representing reality. She often concentrates on individuals in mundane situations, but in so doing is able to reveal larger meanings about society, marked as it is by the post-communist and neoliberal conditions of the world.

In the Middle of Things is a research exhibition organized within the framework of FORMER WEST (2008–2016), a long-term, multifaceted international research, education, publishing, and exhibition project. For more information on FORMER WEST, please see here.

Publications

book
Clippings

newsletter
Olga Chernysheva. In the Middle of Things

exhibition text
Olga Chernysheva, In the Middle of Things
by Cosmin Costinas

Program

film screening
09.01.2011
film program curated by Olga Chernysheva

conversation
17.02.2011
How can realism be critical today?

lecture
15.03.2011
lecture by David Riff on Olga Chernysheva

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Education Program

14 December 2018

Mapping Histories: Conversing on Visuality and Subalternity

workshop by Lisa Ito

On 14 December 2018 art historian and activist Lisa Ito gives a workshop “Mapping Histories: Conversing on Visuality and Subalternity” as part of the Royal Academy of Art Non Linear Narrative master’s program. The workshop is held at BAK in the framework of Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods—the public program in the context of the exhibition Forensic Justice.

18 April 2019, 19.00-21.00

Special Viewing: Seven Addresses (2019)

Op 18 april 2019 om 19.00 uur is er bij Het Utrechts Archief een speciale openstelling van het werk Zeven adressen (2019) van kunstenaarsduo Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen. De kunstenaars zijn deze avond aanwezig bij de tentoonstelling. Het werk is onderdeel van de tweedelige tentoonstelling The People Are the City, georganiseerd door BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in het Stadskantoor Utrecht (te zien t/m 2 mei 2019) en Het Utrechts Archief (te zien t/m 5 mei 2019).

Exhibition

30 March–05 May 2019

The People Are the City

The People Are the City is a two-part exhibition which takes place in the public areas of the Municipal Offices of the City of Utrecht and at The Utrecht Archives. The exhibition at the Utrecht City Office reflects on the extraordinary coming together of the people of Utrecht in the collective performance What Is the City but the People? on 15 September last year. The second part of the show, on display at The Utrecht Archives, presents the new work Seven Addresses (2019) by artists’ duo Sander Breure and Witte van Hulzen.

Exhibition

31 October–31 December 2004

Cordially Invited, episode 3

Cordially Invited examines the issue of hospitality in relation to a topic of major global, political, and moral consequence today: migration. The project explores these issues through the notion of a cordial invitation, understood here as a symbolic tool which can be used to negotiate between two imaginary, unattainable ideals: the unrestricted right to move across political and economic boundaries, and the unqualified acceptance such rights imply.

Exhibition

Lecture

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Lecture Program

12 November–17 December 2005

Undercurrents

Undercurrents is a dynamic, informal forum for reflection about what is behind the contemporary state of warfare. It is developed as an equal parallel to the exhibition Soft Target. War as a Daily, First-Hand Reality.

Summer School

22-26 July 2019

BAK Summer School: Art as Politics

BAK Summer School: Art as Politics brings together those involved in arts, academia, and social action to collectively think through, learn about, and imagine critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp and influence our dramatically changing times. Deadline for applications: 1 May 2019.