Mediators – Exhibition Information
MEDIATORS – R.E.P. Group
OSR Project Space
11th May to 2nd June 2013
Thursday – Saturday 11am – 5pm
Preview Friday 10th May
Mediators is a video installation by Kyiv based artist collective R.E.P. Group (Revolutionary Experimental Space). The installation includes documentation of street performances carried out by R.E.P in Kyiv (Ukraine), Gyumri (Armenia), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Schwaz (Austria) and Byalystok (Poland).
“In 2006, for a presentation at the Kyiv Performance Art Festival, we invited a lyre player, a traditional musician and a storyteller to perform. Under the plaintive sounds of the wheel lyre, the storyteller retold tales of various contemporary art actions and performances, including works by Joseph Beuys, Marina Abramovic, Alexander Brener and Tino Sehgal, in the same way that for ages past traditional stories about heroic deeds have been told all over Ukraine. This took place in one of the central squares in Kyiv. The lyre player, who works in a traditional folk style, was the main channel for conveying information about the strange, cosmopolitan art of performance which sounded radical and transgressive while being praised for its quality just as if it had been carried out by legendary heroes. The traditional singer thereby participated in a festival of experimental art. In this way the languages of both tradition and innovation were crossed over and enriched. This was the first in a series of different events we have staged in different countries which all maintain a bardic folk tradition”
R.E.P. Group consists of six members who are independently pursuing their own artistic practices whilst developing an on-going dialogue through collaborative practice. Founded in 2004 in synchrony with the political events of the Orange Revolution in Ukraine, the first collective actions took place in Kyiv’s Maidan Square in amongst the protests. R.E.P Group have subsequently built an international profile for their activist works and were represented in the first Kiev Biennale in 2012 and will be showing at the 2013 Venice Biennale. This is the first opportunity to see a solo exhibition of R.E.P Groups work in the UK.
Curated by Tim Martin & Simon Lee Dicker
Art Council England, Reveal Somerset, South Somerset District Council, Dyne Drewett Solicitors, Fire & Ice Creative