Every Day. Art. Solidarity. Resistance.

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“Every day” is the slogan protesters in Belarus shout to emphasize the duration and rhythm of the resistance, to express confidence that the protests will continue tomorrow, that they will not end. Since the first nights of police violence and days of mass mobilization in early August 2020, this phrase has reflected the temporality of the struggle. Amid the ongoing political crisis, the phrase “every day” unites people in a joint promise to take to the streets. The exhibition borrows this slogan and focuses on exploring solidarity, “weak” resistance tactics, revolutionary poetics, technological infrastructures, mechanisms of state violence, the emotional landscape, spatial and architectural dimensions of the protests.

This exhibition draws upon artistic practices that resonate with the history and present moment of protest movements and solidarity networks. The emancipatory potential of art is manifested in the variety of forms and techniques. The art in the exhibition explores, models, and tests political reality, it becomes a direct criticism of power, an act of dissent. Engagement, involvement, and opposition to official ideology is a principled position of many cultural workers in Belarus.

Outraged by the falsification of the election results, people across the country took to the streets to protest against the state violence, which resulted in legal default. The resistance movement began spontaneously and remains decentralized. It is arranged like a net, like water, like the endless process of embroidery. Like this protest movement, which does not have a center, this exhibition — its architecture, concept and curation — does not have a rigid linear structure. The space is organized along a series of conceptual nodes running through the whole exhibition that represent the ten terms in the exhibition glossary.

Being a gesture of solidarity with the revolutionary processes in Belarus, this exhibition presents a cross-section of contemporary art that constructs and manifests pulsating forms of interaction, resistance, collectiveness, and a future that we are already living today — every day.