Exhibition Opening: 11 October 6pm
Saturday 13 October 1pm: Talk by Belarusian artist/lecturer Roman Sustov on traditional and contemporary practices (draughtsmanship/drawing in particular) within the Graphics Department of The Belarusian State Academy of the Arts, Belarus.
Apka, pronounced Arka translates from Russian into English as ‘Arch’ and is the title of a international exhibition/project which was conceived and co-organized by Irish artist Séan Hanrahan with Belarusian artist and lecturer Roman Sustov. The exhibition/project is also organized in collaboration with Eco-project “EKAPRAEK” a Belarusian Non-government organization.
Apka/Arch as a title, has a ambiguous meaning. Apka/Arch can be seen to reference the building of cultural bridges through creative exchange, in this case between Belarus and Ireland. Apka/Arch also references Arch, as in an architectural feature that provides structural integrity; some work in the exhibition will reference this. The work presented in Apka will represent the academic tradition of graphics work from Belarus and the eastern region of Europe.
In addition to the exhibited works Roman Sustov will create an image/symbol, which will be designed into a flag and flown at Elizabeth Fort in Cork City during the duration of the Apka exhibition/project. This flag will be both a promotional tool for the exhibition/project and also a symbol of Backwater Artists Group’s ongoing connection to and relationship with the fort, following on from the elsewhere exhibition held there in 2017.
Participating Artists: Roman Sustov, Juriy Jakovenko, Lev Alimov, Valery Slauk, Vladimir Vishnevskiy, Fedor Shurmeliov, Andrey Yarashevich, Vladislav Kvartalniy, Sofia Piskun, Marina Zvirblia, Gleb Sidorenko, Yuriy Bobyrev, Angelina Bloshicina, Ekaterina Prokopyeya, Anastasia Ribakova, Anastasia Pozniak, Ekaterina Chistykova and Polina Zius.
Image: SteamWhale, Roman Sustov, Stone lithography on paper, 43 x 59 cm, 2013.
Séan Hanrahan graduated with a degree in Fine Art Printmaking from the Limerick School of Art and Design Ireland in 2005. Projects/exhibitions include: the 2018 188th RHA open submission exhibition, Dublin; Hermione 18 invited Artist curated by Aisling Prior Alexandra College, Dublin; Over the Sun (Kazimir Malevich his Legacy and influence on Western Artists) Selected and organized by Séan Hanrahan, Participating artists Séan Hanrahan IRE, Dominic Fee IRE, Josh Dannin U.S.A. V.C.C.A (Centre for Contemporary and Modern Art) Vitebsk, Belarus June/July 2015; Night Frightens the Day/Калі ноч палохае дзень VCCA (Centre for Contemporary and Modern Art) Minsk, Belarus June/July 2015.
Roman Sustov has been a member of the Belarusian Union of Artists since graduating from the The Belarusian Academy of Arts in 2001. He mainly works in print graphics and book illustrations. He has worked with many publishing houses in both Belarus and Russia where more than twenty books are published with his illustrations. He exhibits both nationally and internationally and his work can be found in private collections in the USA, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine, Japan, Russia and in the Contemporary Fine Art Museum Minsk, Belarus.
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