This catalogue is published in conjunction with the First Kyiv International Biennale of Contemporary Art held from May to July 2012. With essays, artists' plates, biographies, descriptive texts, and index of exhibited works.
'THE BEST OF TIMES, THE WORST OF TIMES – REBIRTH AND APOCALYPSE IN CONTEMPORARY ART
Echoing the first words of A Tale of Two Cities
(1859), Charles Dickens’ famous novel set at the time of the French Revolution, this exhibition jumps forward to the present to consider how contemporary art and aesthetics use the past to express the future. The ideals of Human Rights developed during 18th Century European Enlightenment found their first political expression in the American and French Revolutions. Combining ideology with action, these initiated a continuing wave of national uprisings that still continue to form the world. Yet in spite of good intentions Human Rights have been constricted and each revolution has contained at its core the worst as well as the best of human thought and action. This exhibition reflects on utopian dreams of freedom, equality, and security that are very much at the heart of our lives today, as well as on their opposite: terror, inequity and war. It is the destructive forces of both man and nature that seem to make a more ideal life impossible.' - David Elliott, ARSENALE 2012 Artistic Director (extracted from the organiser's website
Please note only Asian artists are listed below.