Under Mud

Sun 29 Sep 2019 / 19:15

Glasgow Film Theatre, Cinema 3
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‘Under Mud’ refers to the uses of mud in post-soviet spa resorts – sanatoriums – as a material for healing and to promote well-being.

For this screening Ukrainian Curator, Alexandra Tryanova and Glasgow based artist, Susannah Stark, have curated a selection of work by women filmmakers and artists from Ukraine.

Here, mud is metaphor for a time of socio-political change in Ukraine, ongoing since the early 1990s with the end of the Soviet Union, a time during which video art could be said to have experienced a burst of activity. This time of transition brought about challenges for the whole society as its citizens entered into a period of political reformation, particularly affecting those who identified as female, who were engaged in an ongoing struggle to redefine their subjectivity in public and private life.

The selected works tackle the oppressive gender politics of post-soviet states and show how artists have undermined historical stereotypes through the communicative possibilities of the body.The programme underlines the role of artists’ performativity as a key tool for expression often due to the difficult economic conditions in which the work was produced.

Mud can be obscuring, but also regenerating. In Oksana Chepelyk’s Chronicles of Fortinbras the artist notes “we must accept the past in all its plenitude. perhaps then the future will no longer horrify us”.

This call to accept the past is the point of departure for this screening. To go ‘under mud’ and traverse it’s depths for the purpose of chronicling but also for taking tentative steps towards healing and change.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Alexandra Tryanova and Susannah Stark.

This month LUX Scotland presents a focus on artists’ moving image work from Eastern Europe. This series aims to trace the history and explore the concerns of women artists working in this context.


Oksana Chepelyk, Chronicles of Fortinbras, 2001. Courtesy of the artist.

Alexandra Tryanova

Alexandra Tryanova is a curator and researcher who’s work centres on the problematics of institutional critique, gender politics, and Eastern European conceptual art. She is currently junior curator at PinchukArtCentre in Kyiv, Ukraine. From 2017-2018 she was a curator at the Museum of Modern Art, Odessa. Since 2017 she has directed an annual site-specific non-production residency Kunsthalle Lustdorf in Odessa, Ukraine. She has curated international group exhibitions focusing on gender issues including How to be Cool (2018), (un)named, Nikita Kadan (2018) and Polylog. Aspei: Literature and Art Unites East and West (2018, co-curation).

Susannah Stark

Susannah Stark is an artist based in Glasgow who studied MA Print at the RCA in London (2014 – 2016) Recent exhibitions and events include Correspondences: a Sound and Light Installation with Hussein Mitha, Hospitalfield Arts, UK, 2019. Melt with Adam Lewis Jacob, Vivid Projects, Birmingham UK, 2019. Fragile State, Museum of Modern Art, Odessa, Ukraine, 2019. Interzone Catalyst Arts, Belfast, 2018. Unnatural Wealth – Understanding the Vision CCA, Glasgow, 2019. Searchlights bb15, Austria, 2018. Lilt, Twang, Tremor CCA, Glasgow, 2017 – 2018. The Minch with Suzanne Déry, Market Gallery, Glasgow, 2017. Unnatural Wealth with Karolina Lebek, StudioRCA Riverlight, London, 2017. Fable 1: Art Basel Sound and Film Programme with Donald Hayden, Soundscape Park, Art Basel in Miami Beach 2016