Exhibition

23 January–17 April 2011

Olga Chernysheva: In the Middle of Things

tentoonstelling door Olga Chernysheva samengesteld door 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

15 March–01 April 2021

Course: Art as Politics [rerun]

Due to popular demand, BAK Public Studies offers yet another rerun of the online course Art as Politics, taking place on the following dates: 15, 18, 22, 25, 29 March & 1 April 2021. This digital extension of BAK Public Studies, taught by Maria Hlavajova, is prompted by the urgency to continue collective thinking through, learning about, and imagining critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp—and intervene into—the present.
Deadline applications: 3 March. Deadline feewaivers: 23 February.

Assembly and Public Forum

Collaboration and Open call

03 December 2020–30 January 2021

Manifesting Systemic Change through Creative Waves

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Conversation

16 December 2020, 19.00-21.00

Practicing Tactical Solidarities II: A Roundtable on Mutual Aid, Emergency, and Continuous Care

This locally-focused second edition of Practicing Tactical Solidarities: A Roundtable on Mutual Aid, Emergency, and Continuous Care features artists, organizers, and activists working in Utrecht, many of whom are current BAK Fellows. While addressing changing needs and urgencies in the protracted pandemic reality and its overlapping and related crises, the conversation contends with tactics and lessons in creating mutual aid networks, lasting support systems, and emergency care.