Exhibition opening and roundtable, 5 p.m., February 1, 2020, with simultaneous translation from Russian to German; solidarity DJ set, 8 p.m. Exhibition closing and auction, 7 p.m., February 3, 2020
Living Gallery Berlin presents a group show of works by Russian anarchists and antifascists, as well as artists in solidarity with them.
The Network Case is a high-profile political trial in Russia. Ten activists from Penza and Petersburg have been in police custody for over two years, accused of involvement in a “terrorist community” known as the Network. They were subjected to torture with electrical shocks, beatings, and psychological and physical coercion to force them to confess. Their trials are coming to a close, but most of have denied their guilt and demanded an investigation of their allegations of torture. The defendants face sentences ranging from six years to eighteen years in prison. The sentence will be announced on February 10.
The exhibition was created in Petersburg by the team behind Rupression.com,
which has been publicizing the Network Case in solidarity with the
young activists, who were brutally arrested and have been accused of
absurd crimes. The artwork they have produced in police custody is part
of their fight for freedom and dignity. The exhibition gives them a
chance to speak.
The exhibition also features works by contemporary artists from Russia, Ukraine, France, Chile, and Sweden. They meditate on state-sponsored violence, torture, crackdowns, imprisonment, and absurd accusations.
The exhibition has already been shown five times in Russia: three times at various venues in Petersburg, and one time each in Moscow and Penza. The Berlin showing will be the first time the exhibition has been presented abroad.
The opening on February 1,
2020, will feature a guided tour of the show and a round table on
political prisoners in Russia today, moderated by Olga Romanova, head of
Russia Behind Bars. Former Russian political prisoners, as well as
political exiles who faced persecution in Russia in connection with the
Network Case, have been invited to attend.
Musician and record producer Mark Reeder, one of the composers and stars of the documentary film B-Movie: Lust and Sound in West Berlin 1979-1989, will play a solidarity DJ set at 8 p.m. on February 1.
The exhibition closes February 3. The closing will feature a charity auction at which you can buy works presented in the show and thus help the defendants in the Network Case, whose families constantly need money for legal and humanitarian aid to the prisoners. Poet Alexander Delfinov will serve as the auctioneer.
During all three days of the exhibition, there will be tours of the show in English and German, as needed. Exhibition goers will be able to write letters and postcards with words of support to the political prisoners, as well as buying merch from Rupression.com’s campaign. Proceeds from the sale will also be used to support the political prisoners in the Network Case.
The exhibition is organized with support from Memorial Deutschland and Dekabristen e.V.
Living Gallery Berlin
The gallery is opening from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.