MASLO Gallery, Староконстантиновское шоссе 20\3, Khmelnitsky, Ukraine
MASLO Gallery presents the solo exhibition of Nikolay Karabinovych "Sweet Pit". The artist focuses on a number of historical figures, including Nicolae Ceausescu, Enver Hoxha, Muammar Gaddafi, and Bogdan Khmelnitsky. By inviting the ghosts of dictators and political leaders, Karabinovych examines the nature of power and emphasizes the drama of the moment of its loss. The exhibition creates a scene for speculative historical polyphony, where the individual voices of the power figures are gathered in one space. The author describes such a place as a "sweet pit" - a sucking sticky dip, where those who have yielded to the temptation of power are overthrown.
Karabinovych's project unfolds not only in space but also in time, as the appeal to episodes of different epochs emphasizes the single principle of destroying the personality of a political figure with an irresistible force of power. Loss of power is considered by the artist as an inexorable zenith of the cycle of possession of unlimited influence.
Nikolay Karabinovich (born 1988, Odesa, Ukraine) lives and works in Ghent (Belgium) and in Kyiv. The artist works in a variety of media, including video, sound, text, and performance. In 2017, Karabinovych was an assistant curator of the 5th Odessa Biennale. In 2018, he was awarded the first PinchukArtCentre Special Award for his work The Voice of Thine Silence. From 2019 he is studying at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK) in Ghent. Featured Exhibitions: "From Sea to Sea", Hit Gallery, Bratislava, "Spring (Summer, Fall, Autumn) of Nations", BWA, Tarnow, Poland, "Ain't nobody's business", PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, (2019) The Human Condition, Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Moscow (2018).
Curator: Ksenia Malykh