On September 16 in Kiev will begin the annual contemporary art festival Gogolfest. And art event will last until 25 September. The participating countries will present their works in the field of theater, music, cinema, literature and the visual arts. The most notorious show is expected from Lithuania.
«The theme of this Gogolfest — the myth of Babylon. We are interested not just archaic — delve into the Bible, to draw parallels with the present day and gloomy to think about how everything is bad. No, we do a large-scale study of art — what means the myth of Babylon for us today? After all, we are experiencing great migration of people, the people of pandemonium … What is the myth of the Tower of Babel? First — the dream and daring: to build something that will reach heaven, for example, the European Union, a democratic space for everyone. Then it transformed into disunity, rejection of each other, conflict and eventually crash. Through the program Gogolfest we are interested to explore whether it’s possible to overcome the fatalism — in our country and in the world as a whole», — sais Vladislav Troitsky, ideolg of Gogolfest.
The Gogolfest program is expected: performance «Show B.», which will open fistival, according to tradition, «Show B.» a synthetic spectacle, which will perform a group Dakh daughters, the staff of the New Opera (the authors of the plays «Coriolanus» and «Jove»), circus, puppets and VJs. «Lithuanian focus» by Oskaras Koršunovas, a famous film director will present two shows at once: «Last Tape Krepp» absurdist play by Samuel Beckett and «The Lower Depths» Gorky. Opera «Good day» from the independent theater group «Operomania» (Vilnius, Lithuania). The opera tells about the 10 cashiers at the supermarket, which, in turn, will sing tales of their usual, at first glance, life.
For visual program this year meets gallery owner Eugene Berezintsky. «We offer our interpretation of the myth about Babylon. Her we have built on the concept of Rastafarians, who were convinced that Babylon — a symbol of the life of the Western world, which is coming to a close», — said Maria Vtorushina, co-curator. The main object of the art program became a political and social project Burn.Babylon. «We assume that the construction of Europe as a whole is falling. What are the options for the possible development of events», — says Maria Vtorushina. Also during the festival in the hopper will pass a personal exhibition of young artist Yuliya Belyaeva, who will create the installation «Light at the end of the tunnel»: she lay a bunker alive lawn that becomes a metaphor of the opposition of nature and war.
Fair «Courage Bazaar» festival «Street food», Atlas Weekend, freak-cabaret, Time capsule project, as well as art installations, film screenings and much more awaits guests at Gogolfest.