MASLO Gallery presents the solo exhibition of Nikolay Karabinovych "Sweet Pit". The artist focuses on a number of historical figures, including Nicolae Ceausescu, Enver Hoxha, Muammar Gaddafi, and Bogdan Khmelnitsky. By inviting the ghosts of dictators and political leaders, Karabinovych examines the nature of power and emphasizes the drama of the moment of its loss.
17 Jun 2022 — 01 Jan 2023
The Jewish Museum of Belgium
The exhibition creates a scene for speculative historical polyphony, where the individual voices of the power figures are gathered in one space. The author describes such a place as a "sweet pit" - a sucking sticky dip, where those who have yielded to the temptation of power are overthrown.
Karabinovych's project unfolds not only in space but also in time, as the appeal to episodes of different epochs emphasizes the single principle of destroying the personality of a political figure with an irresistible force of power. Loss of power is considered by the artist as an inexorable zenith of the cycle of possession of unlimited influence.
Photographed by Maksym Bilousov