Kunsthaus Göttingen presents the first comprehensive, institutional solo exhibition of Victoria Lomasko (*1978, USSR) in Germany from October 7 to December 10, 2023.
The artist is known for her graphic reportages, with which she has been exploring and documenting social life in Russia for almost 15 years. Lomasko’s artistic practice oscillates between fine art, journalism and activism. She is a chronicler of civil rights movements protesting against the Putin regime and has accompanied countless demonstrations and court hearings. For her works, she talks to people who are hardly represented in public and in the media, in order to give them visibility and a voice. For her research, the artist has made numerous trips through Russia and the former Soviet Union. With her reportages, Victoria Lomasko paints a vivid, multifaceted portrait of Russian society and tells of the profound transformation processes of the recent past and present.
Kunsthaus Göttingen presents a selection of original drawings created between 2009 and 2022, which were first published in book form. Excerpts from “Forbidden Art” (2013), “The Invisible and the Angry” (2018) and the book “The Last Soviet Artist” – published just this year – will be on display. Also on view at the Kunsthaus are the drawings from the as-yet-unpublished book “documenta fifteen: Inside and Around”, that have never before been exhibited (to be published in 2024). The book is being produced parallely to the exhibition by Steidl Verlag in cooperation with documenta. In her latest drawings, Lomasko documents the events at documenta fifteen, to which she was invited in the summer of 2022 as a so-called “harvester” together with other international artists. Exclusively for the Kunsthaus, the artist is also producing a site-specific, expansive wall drawing.
The exhibition “Impossible Return. A Chronicle of Fifteen Years” gives the audience a comprehensive insight into the work of an artist who has not only created an outstanding oeuvre of drawings in recent years, but has also been committed for many years to helping people who are “invisible” or have joined oppositional movements. Victoria Lomasko is currently a fellow of the Martin Roth Initiative and lives in exile in Berlin and Leipzig.
Victoria Lomasko. Impossible Return
A Chronicle of Thirteen Years
7 October – 10 December 2023
Curated by Lotte Dinse
Photo: Butterflies Aflutter ©Victoria Lomasko, 2021