Dance, Dance, Revolution

Roman Khimei & Yarema Malashchuk, Óstov Collective, Anna Potyomkina, Mykola Ridnyi, Iza Tarasewicz, Tobias Zielony

Image credits see below


Dance, Dance, Revolution
10.8.–13.10.2024

Roman Khimei & Yarema Malashchuk, Óstov Collective, Anna Potyomkina, Mykola Ridnyi, Iza Tarasewicz, Tobias Zielony


The majority of people in Western societies are living in relative freedom from suffering—and thus in a bizarre contrast to those who find themselves in areas dominated by crisis or war. For many, the resulting discrepancy gives rise to a feeling of powerlessness, while at the same time we resort to escapism in order to cope with the disparity between these two worlds. The sense of moral obligation stands in stark contrast to exuberant celebrations, and yet they have always been socially binding and liberating.

The group exhibition Dance, Dance, Revolution at Kunsthaus Hamburg explores dance as a dynamic form of protest. Against the backdrop of the ongoing Russian full-scale war in Ukraine, the participating artists negotiate dance, rhythm and sound as an emancipatory act of collective resistance. From traditional folk dances to contemporary raves—the expressive power inherent in movement symbolizes lived feelings, a sense of belonging and cohesion. Dance allows us to escape reality for some fleeting moments, to feel a connection with others and to strengthen a conscious response to injustice and war through solidarity.

Curated by Anna Nowak


Friday, 9.8., 7 pm
Opening
Introduction: Anna Nowak (Kunsthaus Hamburg)

Image 1: Tobias Zielony, Shine, 2017 (detail), © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024, Courtesy the artist and KOW, Berlin
Image 2: Roman Khimei & Yarema Malashchuk, Dedicated to the Youth of the World II, 2019, Video still
Image 3: Óstov Collective (Elza Gubanova & Leon Seidel), Zlam, 2022, 2-channel sound installation, © Leon Seidel, 2022
Image 4: Mykola Ridnyi, The Battle over Mazepa, 2023, Video still
Image 5: Anna Potyomkina, Dances at the Dead. Archive., (2023, ongoing), Video still
Image 6: Iza Tarasewicz, Revelation of Powers, 2022, Tramway, Glasgow 2022, Photo: Ewan Bootman / SNS Group