The work of Nikita Kadan combines an attempt to represent the loss of a coherent historical narrative and an effort to reestablish its role in society. The attentive alignment of his practice to critical socio-political issues provides us with an insight into the political experience of the totalizing “now” characterizing the current situation in Ukraine. Emerging from a tradition of collective activism within the R.E.P. group, Kadan’s individual practice has elaborated a body of works encompassing the notions of politics of memory and the relations between the narratives of modernity and the reality of capitalist society. A particular sensibility for the status of history and the ability to visualize the internal mechanisms that regulate the dynamics between forgetfulness and memory pervade his works.
Béla Tarr, UTAZÁS AZ ALFÖLDÖN (Journey on the Plain), 1995, 35 min
Nikita Kadan: presentation and lecture including video footage of works by the R.E.P. group
Followed by a conversation between Nikita Kadan and Rainer Fuchs (mumok)
The event will be in English
Nikita Kadan lives in Kiev. Exhibitions (selection): Parlament der Pflanzen (Parliament of plants), daadgalerie, Berlin (2017); Universal Hospitality, Wiener Festwochen (2016); Politics of Form, GfZK, Leipzig (2015)
The mumok exhibition Natural Histories. Traces of the Political includes the work Limits of Responsibility (2014) by Nikita Kadan.