"Newspeak" is an exhibition of Ukrainian artists curated by Mykola Ridnyi in Art Arsenal gallery, Kyiv, 2011

Participants: Uliana Bychenkova, Sasha Kurmaz, Lada Nakonechna, Nikita Kadan, Taras Kamennoy, Volodymyr Kyznetsov, Serhiy Popov, Alexey Salmanov

A title for the exhibition has been borrowed from George Orwell's dystopia. That how he named the language of totalitarianism and fascism disfigured by bureaucratic lexical phrases and which words lose their original meaning and as a result means the opposite.

Sings of the Newspeak is not so difficult to find in a modern capitalist society, which opposes the totalitarian regimes. The language of political propaganda, imposed globally through mass media, designed to disguise or hide real situation. Concepts are replaced by the opposite: for example, mass civil riots ignored or can be portrayed as a criminalization, and targeted killings disguised as an attacks of some crazy individual. Attraction of contemporary culture and entertainment calls to forget about social problems, thus serving contemporary politics. That means that entertaining and fun culture is non created for peoples needs but for the opposite: for the form of enslavement. Newspeak, invented the concept of dystopia became now a real concept – an information noise that surrounds and destroys.

In this context, an artist try to find own language of confrontation. By the essence, an art is the opposite to mass media rubbish which destroy senses because an art try to produce senses. An artist goes to the core problem: abuse of power, manipulation with religion, the worship of the capital, imposed on society by getting rid of the visual labels.

Transparency of meanings confronts layers of fiction. New language opposes the Newspeak.


Taras Kamennoy "State machine",                   Uliana Bychenkova "Unprotected shell",              Nikita Kadan "Serial samples (for Kyiv)", 
acryl on canvas, 2011                                   acryl on canvas, 2011                                     acryl on the wall, acryl on canvas, 2011

Lada Nakonechna "Idyll", video, 2011                                      Sasha Kurmaz "100% quality",                                               Volodymyr Kyznetsov "Verbs", print, 2011
                                                                                      engraving on glass, c-print, 2011

Mykola Ridnyi "Weight of papers", marble, 2011                        Serhiy Popov "Black titles", acryl on canvas, 2011                       Alexey Salmanov "Kievan", mixed media, 2011