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Nikita Kadan “The Logic of Refusal. How to Achieve Clarity Through Silence”

7th Garage International Conference: Post-What? Neo-How? Contemporary Configurations of the Former Soviet Space
22 November 2019


“The connections between the Russian and Ukrainian art scenes have reduced to virtually nothing since the annexation of Crimea and Russia’s involvement in the military aggression in Donbass. The practices of nonparticipation, self-exclusion, a programmed boycott, and a weakening interest in culture reflect processes that are taking place in “real politics.” The various forms of  Russian state (and sometimes private) institutions’ affinity with the country’s military aggression has been reflected in their programming and inclusion in international exchange in both the post-Soviet space and internationally. However, there are some exceptions, both at the lower, independent level and in major institutions. The ethical dimension of these exceptions interests us as much as the ethics of nonparticipation.

Let us imagine that in this situation everyone makes adult decisions.”

This presentation will be given via Skype.


Nikita Kadan (b. 1982, Kiev) is an artist. He graduated from Kiev’s National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture (2007). Member of the art group R.E.P. (Revolutionary Experimental Space) since 2004. Co-founder and member of the curatorial and activist collective HUDRADA. In 2015, Kadan participated in the 56th Venice Biennale, the 14th Istanbul Biennial, and the Kiev Biennial. His works have been exhibited at many venues and institutions internationally, including Kunsthaus Zurich, daadgalerie (Berlin), Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art (Turin), Mumok (Vienna), M HKA (Antwerp), Palazzo Reale (Milan) among others. During 2019, he is curating Gestures of Relationship—a program of contemporary art exhibitions at the Kmytiv Museum of Fine Arts (Ukraine). He lives and works in Kiev.

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