VICTORY OVER THE SUN (2017)
Ruslan Vashkevich’s installation is a digital video captured in the main hall of the UNOVIS museum where, on the shortest night of 2016, the artist and his team performed the Russian Futurist opera Victory Over the Sun, first organised by the avant-garde artist Kazimir Malevich in 1913.
The three acts – The Last Supper (press conference), Disco for the Blind (a party of 80’s hits), and The Parish of Futurist Strongmen (invasion of the security forces unit) – provided
a non-standard solution to the problem of physical sight and vision in practice, which is why the main actors at Vashkevich’s production were visually impaired employees of the company
Svetopribor. Utilising the legendary source material, Ruslan was able to show the most important thing – the spirit of the production – shocking, contradictory, and revolutionary.
Ruslan Vashkevich is a Belarusian conceptual artist and curator whose work has been exhibited internationally. Individual works and series by the artist have been presented in projects such as Bel-Art Tranzit (Moscow, 1996), Art-Constitution (Moscow, 2003), Balota Empire (Kiev, 2005), Gender Check (Vienna/Warsaw, 2009-2010), and Opening the Door? Belarussian Art Today (Vilnius/Warsaw, 2010-2011). In 2005, Ruslan was among the first to represent Belarus at the 51st Venice Biennale.