Bank Pekao PROJECT ROOM Nikita Kadan Corrections
July 17 – July 29, 2012

Nikita Kadan

in the framework of the project TRANSFER: Polish-Ukrainian Exchange 2012
in cooperation with the Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev

Opening of the exhibition: July 16, 2012, 7 pm
On view through: July 29, 2012
Curator: Marianna Dobkowska

5.30 pm, KINO.LAB
 – Lecture of Anna Łazar: Who plays contemporary art in Ukraine.
Selected changes in infrastructure and artistic practices in the last two decades

7.30 pm – dj set – Glissando presents

Next presentations in the frame of Bank Pekao PROJECT ROOM – every two weeks on Mondays. Free admission.


The exhibition "Corrections" presents a selection of the artist’s works from 2009-2012 revolving around the topic of "the citizen’s body" which according to the artist is never private, exists as an object of exchange, is disciplined, corrected and improved by authorities. Kadan often uses the style typical for drawings taken from Soviet medical books. They represent “bodies-objects”, “obedient bodies” from Foucault which can be corrected and improved while their faces always remain calm and quiet, slightly smiling.

The issue of torture is very important for Kadan: starting from the “direct” torture used by the Ukrainian militia (police) to the “hidden torture” such as standing all day long and selling food in the street in winter – elderly women working like this constitute a typical element of the Kiev cityscape. Architecture is another important topic of Kadan’s works in which it is treated as a discipline tool, spatial manifestation of the authority.

The works "Fixing" (2010) and "The Corrupted" (2012) focus on the relations between the body and the city – when certain directions of the city development turn against its inhabitants, their social relations and everyday life, as well as against the body of the individual human being. Fixing is comprised of five lightboxes with images combining medical drawings from the medical encyclopaedia of the 1950s with “supremacist” forms of architectural planning. The city plan turns into an instrument for violent fixing of the citizen’s body. "The Corrupted" constitutes a cycle of watercolour drawings combining architectural elements with human body parts. These architectural-anatomical combinations refer to the Renaissance concept of the anthropomorphic city. The work focuses on the problems of the contemporary post-communist cities in which public space suffers due to aggressive neoliberalism. “The body of the city” is cut to pieces offered for sale.

"Procedure room" (2009-2010) is a set of souvenir plates with imprinted instruction drawings of tortures used by the militia. The selection of forms and visual means is connected with the absence of any clear visual documentation of torture procedures, with their specific “invisibility”.

"Voices not taken into account" (2011) is based on interviews and medical-like drawings documenting the method of preserving feet warmth of people standing for many hours in one place on a cold day. The interviews were taken by the artist together with sociologist Anastasia Riabchuk.

Nikita Kadan (1982, Kiev) – works at the intersection of many disciplines, often engaging in his projects specialists from other fields – architects, human rights defenders, sociologists, activists. Author of public space projects, installations and objects, also active in painting. Member and co-founder of the R.E.P. (Revolutionary Experimental Space) group and the curatorial collective Hudrada.

Lecture: Who plays contemporary art in Ukraine. Selected changes in infrastructure and artistic practices in the last two decades.
In the 1990s not many institutions in Ukraine aspired to present contemporary art. This function was undertaken by foreign entities such as the Soros Centre for Contemporary Art in Kiev and Odessa or private Marat Guelman Gallery in Kiev. In the following decade it became a point of interest not only for wealthy people such as Viktor Pinchuk, Rinat Akhmetov, or locally Lyubov Popova in Donetsk. A number of significant initiatives were born in the environment of artists themselves: Hudrada, Lab garage; among students of academies and universities: the famous Visual Culture Research Centre; as well as within the already existing city institutions: the Kharkiv City Art Gallery; or even within the institutions functioning under the secretariat of the Ukrainian president himself: Mystetskyi Arsenal. At the same time I would like to inquire about the search for genealogy and new role of artists in society based on the selected artistic projects.

Anna Łazar – MA in Polish philology, MA in Ukrainian philology at Warsaw University; studied history of art for five years in the Institute of History of Art at Warsaw University; graduate of PhD studies in the Institute of Slavic Studies at the Polish Academy of Sciences. In the years 2003-2007 co-author of the art magazine Sekcja. Curator of the following exhibitions: "Hmm… wystawa problemowa / Hmm... A Problem Exhibition" together with Karol Sienkiewicz, "Białoruskie perspektywy / Belarusian perspectives", "Podróż na wschód / Journey to the East" together with Monika Szewczyk. Works in the Polish Institute in Kiev.


Pekao Bank PROJECT ROOM brings the possibility of the presentation to the public the newest and the most interesting individual art projects and creates a platform for discussion about contemporary art to which we would like to invite artists, curators, students and other art lovers. The Centre for Contemporary Art at Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw (CCA) and Poland's Pekao  Bank have come together to launch a new project aimed at supporting and promoting young artists. For the next two years starting 23 April the CCA hosts a new show ever two weeks featuring up-and-coming Polish and international artists. The presentation of striking works by this young creative generation in the PROJECT ROOM has been made possible by the financial support of Pekao Bank. Pekao Bank's PROJECT ROOM aims to forge a platform for a discussion on contemporary art, inviting artists, curators, students and art enthusiasts to join in. Entry is free for all exhibitions and events within the Pekao Bank PROJECT ROOM framework. At the end of this year a special commission will select the most interesting projects of 2012, which will then be purchased by Pekao Bank and donated to the CCA's permanent collection.


The project was implemented with the financial support of the City of Warsaw and Pekao Bank

Partners: Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev, Polish Culture Institute in Kiev

 Media Patrons: Aktivist, Exklusiv, Stolica, Elle Decoration, Glissando




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