PSYCHOPOMPES

APOLLINARIA BROCHE, STAS KALASHNIKOV, LISA BOOSTANI, TARAS SEREDA, ANNA PROKULEVICH AND CHRISTINA ABDEEVA

CURATED BY SAMIR BELASRI AND STAS KALASHNIKOV

JUNE 16
— JULY 20, 2022

Anubis in the Egypt of the Pharaohs, Valkyries in the Scandinavian mythologies, the Archangel Michael in the monotheistic religions... are all mystical figures charged with the function of Psychopomps*. In other words, they are the companions of souls between Heaven and Hell or towards a more or less ambivalent afterlife when it comes to belief systems less Manichean than monotheistic religions.


*Psychopompos (Greek) - “Driver of souls”
The artists of this exhibition carry in them an ambivalence characteristic of civilizations having undergone radical and uncontrolled changes; a revolution, a utopia for some, a dystopia for others; a Perestroïka, freedom for some and prison of misery for others... In these different transitions each one chooses, in the best of cases, his Psychopomp or does not when this function is monopolized by a hegemonic character wishing to control the belief and the imagination.
Where some choose political, religious or other authority figures, we propose to explore the Psychopomp function of our artists who, like the authority figures, take a shamanic, introspective and therefore universal turn.Through their work, they propose a sensitive representation of these passages between heaven and hell, whether on an individual or collective level.

Some Siberian peoples consider that the horses sacrificed by the shamans play this function of Psychopomp. The artists are thus vehicles that have the power to transform, for the public, this painful and divisive process of change into a soothing and universal journey.
The current events in Europe make us feel, more than ever, this fragile balance between heaven and hell. Imagining a better future and building it requires universal Psychopomps that appeal to the sensitive part of the public and propose an alternative to existing dogmatic authority figures.

The exhibition proposes a sensitive alternative that could allow us to imagine this inexorable oscillation between paradise and hell in an introspective, sensitive way, and above all without the fear of the future and of the other that the hegemonic Psychopomps of the moment impose on us.