10/07/2022 – 11/09/2022,
A Letter from the Front: AntiGONNA, Yaroslav Futymsky, Nikita Kadan, Nikolay Karabinovych, Dana Kavelina, Lesia Khomenkо, Alina Kleytman, Katya Libkind, Yarema Malashchuk + Roman Himey, Lada Nakonechna, R.E.P., Daniil Revkovsky + Andriy Rachinsky, Mykola Ridnyi, Oleksiy Sai, Kunsthalle Münster
Under the title A Letter from the Front, Kunsthalle Münster presents a selection of videos and filmic works by 16 artists and one artist collective from Ukraine. A Letter from the Front was commissioned and produced by the Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Turin, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
The selection, compiled by visual artist Nikita Kadan (born 1982 in Kyiv) together with Giulia Colletti, shows 19 films made in the last 15 years by artists of different generations. Works by AntiGONNA, Yaroslav Futymsky, Nikita Kadan, Nikolay Karabinovych, Dana Kavelina, Lesia Khomenkо, Alina Kleytman, Katya Libkind, Yarema Malashchuk + Roman Himey, Lada Nakonechna, R.E.P., Daniil Revkovsky + Andriy Rachinsky, Mykola Ridnyi, Oleksiy Sai.
For Kunsthalle Münster, the project is a declaration against war, oppression and all forms of state violence, as well as a commitment to the country's artists, who use their voices and instruments to show us what we need to see. "This war has been dragging on for eight years now, but the Donbass and Crimea have been rather invisible - or at least not that interesting for the media. It's a bit like a disaster that is pushed to the periphery so that the centre remains clean and safe," says Nikita Kadan. The film selection is an attempt to make the situation in Ukraine more comprehensible. At the same time, it underlines our belief in artworks as forms of collective communication and as a means of understanding. It works with mechanisms of intuition and imagination that might help to see the world more distinctly. Some of the Ukrainian artists whose works are shown in the Kunsthalle are trapped in the bombed cities or have fled to the border areas or neighbouring countries. They mobilise themselves inside or outside the borders of the war-torn country, defying the distances militantly with their own bodies. Some of them could not save their hard drives before leaving their homes and studios. Therefore, within the framework of this project, the artworks can only be shown in the form in which they were digitally stored on servers, clouds and web platforms.
“The greater the distances are between all of us, the more united we feel in our demand to stop the Russian aggression in Ukraine. We could not be more solidary then we are now, while we face the fact that years of political struggles are in danger of dissolving and going up in smoke. The selection of filmic works and moving images presented on this occasion do not strictly speak of the new war. They are rather evidence of the work that has been done (or we thought we had done) to prevent the conflict. This works can be seen as a premonition of an evident and inevitable catastrophe, which too often in the history of Ukraine has been tangible.” (participating artists)
A Letter From the Front was originally commissioned and produced by Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Turin, after the russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
Curators: Nikita Kadan in collaboration with Giulia Colletti
Project coordination Kunsthalle Münster: Merle Radtke
Assistance Kunsthalle Münster: Constanze Venjakob
Sunday, 10/07/2022, 12 pm, Opening
Sunday, 10/07/2022, 2 pm, Opening speeches
Angela Stähler, Mayor of the City of Münster (Welcome)
Merle Radtke, Director of the Kunsthalle Münster (Introduction)
The programme of the Kunsthalle Münster ist supported by the Friends of the Kunsthalle Münster.