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

29 June–16 July 2020

Course: Art as Politics [Rerun on Request]

Due to popular demand, BAK Public Studies offers a rerun of the online course Art as Politics, taking place on the following dates: 29 June & 2, 6, 9, 13, and 16 July 2020.
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. Please note: this Open Call is now closed and the course is fully booked.

Education Program

8 June, 19.00–25 June, 21.00 2020

Course: Art as Politics [Open Call closed]

An Online Extension of BAK Public Studies

BAK Public Studies offers the new online course Art as Politics. This digital extension of BAK Public Studies 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.

Dates: Mondays and Thursdays on 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, and 25 June 2020, 19–21 hrs CET. [Please note: this Open Call is now closed and the course is fully booked].

13 March, 19.30–14 March, 22.00 2020

European Forum for Advanced Practices (EFAP) at BAK [NOT TAKING PLACE]

Including two public programs with Paul Goodwin, Ima-Abasi Okon, Abbas Zahedi, Jihan El-Tahri, Irit Rogoff, Florian Schneider, and Maria Hlavajova

[WILL NOT TAKE PLACE | Update 12/3: unfortunately these EFAP presentations will not take place.]

Come to BAK on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 March for two public programs as part of the European Forum for Advanced Practices (EFAP), a self-organized, international gathering of practitioners, scholars, and organizers from transdisciplinary realms of art and education. With, on the Friday, a conversation between Paul Goodwin, Ima-Abasi Okon, and Abbas Zahedi; and on the Saturday a screening and a lecture by Jihan El-Tahri. With introductions by Irit Rogoff, Florian Schneider, and Maria Hlavajova.

Gathering

7 March 2020, 20.00-23.00

BAK, basis voor Yallah Sabaya

Special International Women's Day edition

On Saturday 7 March 2020 BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht hosts a special International Women’s Day edition of Yallah Sabaya! Yallah Sabaya (“Come ladies! Enjoy yourselves!” in Arabic) is a special evening where dance and music connect women from all over the world. All women, no matter where they are from, are welcome on […]