Collection of essays about artistic statements in Belarusian contemporary art

Lena Davidovich:
multimedia installation
“Book of Ezekiel”,
2009

ZBOR #30

Multimedia installation: murals, video, sounds, drawings

The project carried out at the presentation “New Tаlents” at Art Cologne in the gallery Tanya Rumpff (Harlem), Köln, Germany

Lena Davidovich:multimedia installation“Book of Ezekiel”,2009

“Book of Ezekiel”, 2009

 

The installation “Book of Ezekiel”, 2009, is a visual-text system, where the artist  Lena Davidovich,  combining neo-expressionist manner and a comic strip esthetics, is building a complex emotional series through drawings, animation, videos and elements of musical performance.

In her works, Lena Davidovich combines large-scale wall paintings with videos, texts, and often, with live performance, transforming the architecture of the exhibition space into a total audio-visual installation. The text in Davidovich’s works is not only conceptual, but also becomes an important visual element integrated into the common pictorial space. As in the tradition of street graffity, Davidovich uses separate words and phrases as independent visual “tags”, graphic signs intertwined into a  expressive composition. The artist is connected with the street art culture by her practice of repetition, combining visual elements that go from work to work, erase the boundaries between individual works, turning Davidovich‘s work into a single continuous chain of graphic messages. Some links of this chain can be fleeting reflections, others turn into monumental works. One of such significant works of the artist was the project “Risen from the dead” in the group exhibition “Opening the door?  Belarusian art today”  (SAS, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, 2011 and National Gallery of Art “Zacheta”, Warsaw, 2011).

Working with religious texts as a source of her artworks, the artist chooses the stories that are the most adaptive for the artistic visualization.  Accordingly, in the mural “Risen from the dead” that was created out of the animated drawings and text, she talks about another story of a real resurrection that happened to a Nigerian pastor Daniel Ekechukwu. And in another work “Rise up, My Love”, Lena Davidovich, drawing her inspiration in Song of Solomon, and leaning on spiritual and gospel traditions, goes further in the space and genre expansion of her art, turning the project into the life performance, in which the author herself becomes a live “Voice of God”. Perhaps, it is the only example of such an explicit religious statement in the Belarusian art that could combine in it traditional and modern form of presentation.

  

Lena Davidovich (born 1970, Bobruisk, Belarus) – artist.

Lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

 

Text: Sergey Shabohin, Irina Solomatina, KALEKTAR ©

 

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