“...WE WILL BUILD A BRAVE NEW WORLD. ON THE STATUS AND THE WORKING CONDITIONS OF AN ARTIST IN BELARUS” (2019)
︎The series “We will build a brave new world” was first published as a set of illustrations that accompanied Tania Arcimovich’s essay “We will build a brave new world. On the status and the working conditions of an artist in Belarus” on Status Research Platform in 2019. Svyatogor’s vivid socio-fantastic images reflect on the artist’s anxiety-fueled liminal position in the contemporary post-Soviet Belaruisian labor market. Stuck in the dialectic of artmaking as neoliberal production (work) versus Soviet-typed ideological or dissident vocation (non-work), many of the artists are forced to endure radical financial instability, debasing work conditions, and disorienting socio-economic relations. For Svyatogor, this existential crisis becomes the creative source which inspires her to imagine a “brave new world” in which artists might define their own place and status in society.
Words by Aniko Szucs
OF CULTURAL WORKERS︎
THE EVENT TOOK PLACE ON NOVEMBER 23, 2019 IN MINSK, BELARUS
HOW TO STAY WITH ART TODAY?
A GROUP SHOW IN THE FRAME OF THE PROJECT
“STATUS: THE ROLE OF ARTISTS IN CHANGING SOCIETY
(BELARUS & SWEDEN)”
21.11 - 7.12.2019
KX, Brest, Belarus
STATUS – ARTISTIC PRACTICE
AND SOCIAL CHANGE
THE EXHIBITION WITHIN THE PROJECT STATUS
9 - 12 January 2020
Konstepidemin Art Center, Göteborg, Sweden