Artists Kirill Savchenkov and Alexander Sukharev, who were invited to represent Russia at the 59th Venice Biennale, refused to do so. They announced this on February 27 in a joint post on Facebook.
“There is no place for art, when civilians die under rocket fire, when Ukrainian citizens hide in shelters, and protesting Russians are silenced,” – wrote Sukhareva.
Curator of the pavilion Raimundas Malashauskas as well wrote a letterin which he said that he was leaving the post, but believed that it would be wrong to discriminate against all Russian citizens because of the actions of the country’s leadership.
In this regard, it was decided that the Russian pavilion at the Biennale will not be in principle.
“The team of the Russian Pavilion believes that the last word in the work on the project belongs to the artists and the curator,” reads the Facebook page of the Russian pavilion at the Venice Biennale. – Kirill Savchenkov, Alexandra Sukhareva and Raimundas Malashauskas have just announced that they are refusing to participate in the project of the Russian Pavilion at the 59th Biennale of Contemporary Art. The Russian pavilion will not be able to take part in the Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2022. “