PERMANENT REVOLUTION: work by Sergiy Petlyuk

10 May 2018

PERMANENT REVOLUTION, an exhibition of Ukrainian contemporary art, opens in Ludwig Museum in Budapest. This is the first wide-scale museum presentation of Ukrainian contemporary art to the European audience.

Curator Alisa Lozhkina about work "The Limit of Comprehension" (Video Installation, 2015) by Sergiy Petlyuk:

When there is a war in a foreign country you do not feel compelled to understand it deeper, to bear it in mind, or try to rationalize it, to bring it closer to your emotional and bodily experiences. We perceive wars of others rationally. However, when a war starts at home, you must face its inhumanity and absurdity all the time, you must imagine your practical future, you must rethink your close past. The penetrating violence of the war becomes a part of your naked immediate life. In an attempt to save yourself from it, you try to analyze the war and find your distance to it like a treatment for the disease. Within a short of time, you realize that more questions without unambiguous answers arise, or they do not even have one. The number of such questions grows with the number of the killed and crippled, those made to flee or homeless. And one day, you will feel that the questions without answers will have reached the critical mass that leads to a certain limit. The limit of comprehending the incomprehension. For a while, each of us faces a personal challenge, a choice: to get used to the new systemic violence, its rational human madness, or to find your own understanding of the feeling that will not let you forget it even at the limits of comprehension.

Sergiy Petlyuk The Limit of Comprehension