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Olga Chernysheva: In the Middle of Things

Olga Chernysheva, Citizens, 2009-2010

opening 22.01.2011 at 17.00 hrs
exhibition 23.01.-17.04.2011

This solo exhibition by Russian artist Olga Chernysheva includes several new works and a survey of her practice.Through her paintings, watercolors, objects, videos, and photographs, Chernysheva engages in a complex process of observing, interpreting, and recomposing her surroundings in an exploration of art’s methods of representing reality. She often concentrates on individuals in mundane situations, but in so doing is able to reveal larger meanings about society, marked as it is by the post-communist and neoliberal conditions of the world.

In the Middle of Things is a research exhibition organized within the framework of FORMER WEST, a long-term, multifaceted international research, education, publishing, and exhibition project (2008–2013). For more information on this project, please visit:

Artist’s Edition

In conjunction with the exhibition BAK published the artist edition Clippings. The edition is based upon the artist's work Clippings (2010) and connects photographs and video stills with fragments of the artist's reflections.

Design: Maxim Spivakov.
Edition: 100, plus 10 signed copies.
Language: English.
Price: €17 (unsigned)/€75 (signed).

Copies are for sale at BAK, or send an e-mail to:

Public Program

09.01.2011, 15.30 hrs
BAK, Lange Nieuwstraat 4, Utrecht
Film program curated by the artist, including a selection of her own works along with other recent and historical material.

This program is part of the Cultural Sunday “Nieuwjaarsduik” in Utrecht.

17.02.2011, 20.00 hrs

Auditorium, Het Utrechts Archief,
Hamburgerstraat 28, Utrecht
Conversation between Olga Chernysheva and curator Cosmin Costinaº

15.03.2011, 20.00 hrs
Auditorium, Het Utrechts Archief, Hamburgerstraat 28, Utrecht
Lecture by David Riff on Chernysheva’s practice

On 17 February and 15 March the exhibition at BAK will be open to visitors prior to the program.

Language: English.
Reservations are required. Reservations can be made by sending an e-mail to

The finissage takes place on Sunday 17 April 2011 from 18.00 hrs at BAK.




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