The third iteration of the exhibition You Know That You Are Human is part of the Kultursymposium Weimar 2023 hosted by Galerie EIGENHEIM Weimar. The exhibition brings together the works of 23 Ukrainian photographers and the video works of 10 Berlin-based international artists. It’s a joint undertaking of IZOLYATSIA, Ukraine and MOMENTUM, Berlin curated by Kateryna Filyuk and Rachel Rits-Volloch. "You Know That You Are Human" premiered in Berlin's Zionskirche at the end of 2022, where it was matched with the group exhibition "POINTS of RESISTANCE V". The second iteration of the show took place at THE gallery in Mürsbach, where it was enriched by the sculptures of the famous Ukrainian dissident artist Vadim Sidur. Now in its third edition, this travelling exhibition is itself an exercise in trust, taking on new forms in each location in cooperation with diverse partners.
Addressing the topic of Trust formulated by Kultursymposium against the background of growing uncertainty and multiple economic, ecological and political crisis hitting societies around the world, You Know That You Are Human seeks to zoom into a micro level and put forth the individual, the human being. It depicts human likeness in diverse forms, addressing the role that gender, occupation, geography and heritage play in defining the human position in the world. The title of the show is borrowed from a famous poem by one of the brightest Ukrainian poets of the sixties, Vasyl Symonenko, “Ти знаєш, що ти– людина/ You Know that You are a Human”. Part of the official school curriculum in Ukraine, the poem praises life and the uniqueness of each person, urging everyone to cherish each single moment. Today – during Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine – these simple but powerful verses call for humanity, solidarity, trust and cohesion with particular urgency. They remind us once again that despite the elusive monstrosity of war, every life counts.
The works of the Ukrainian photographers also provide a crucial insight into the changes that had taken place in Ukrainian society since the 1960s, from the years when the dream of socialism gradually proved to be a failure until the last few months of the self-sacrificing struggle of the Ukrainians for their country.
The video works accompanying the exhibition of 60 years of photography from Ukraine address historical and current struggles prevalent throughout humanity - violence, ideology, politics, religion, and the need to find a common language of trust to communicate that we are human.
You Know That You Are Human:
Valentyn Bo, Aleksander Chekmenev, Maryna Frolova, Oleksander Glyadyelov, Paraska Plytka Horytsvit, Borys Gradov, Alena Grom, Viktor and Serhiy Kochetov, Yulia Krivich, Sasha Kurmaz, Viktor Marushchenko, Serhiy Melnitchenko, Boris Mikhailov with Mykola Ridnyi, Valeriy Miloserdov, Iryna Pap, Evgeniy Pavlov, Roman Pyatkovka, Natasha Shulte, Synchrodogs, Viktoriia Temnova, Mykola Trokh
Lutz Becker, Thomas Eller, Nezaket Ekici & Shahar Marcus, Mahsa Foroughi, Christian Jankowski, Christian Niccoli, Nina E. Schönefeld, Caroline Shepard, Mariana Vassileva
Opening: 9 May 2023 at 6 pm
Guided Tour: 10 May at 4 pm
Artist Talk. Roman Pyatkovka & Alena Grom in conversation with Kateryna Filyuk: 11 May at 4 pm
Exhibition: 12 May 2023 – 3 June 2023
Thursday-Saturday 4-7 p.m.
At EIGENHEIM Weimar, Asbachstrasse 1 / 99423 Weimar
Kateryna Filyuk, Rachel Rits-Volloch
Ukrainian Institute, Goethe-Institut and Goethe-Institut in Exile
Additional Thanks to:
Kultursymposium Weimar 2023