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Carlos Motta, Patriots, Citizens, Lovers . . . , 2015, ten-channel video installation, plywood platform. Installation view. Photo: Sergey Illin.

Carlos Motta

PinchukArtCentre

Carlos Motta, Patriots, Citizens, Lovers . . . , 2015, ten-channel video installation, plywood platform. Installation view. Photo: Sergey Illin.

At the time of writing, the chilling echo of “Kill! Kill! Kill!” can still be heard. The cry came from right-wing Ukrainian nationalists as they disrupted and ultimately shut down a LGBTI festival in the city of L’viv, Ukraine, on March 19. The event is but one example of the social discord that has been raging across the country since it was splintered by a revolution in 2014. Responding to this context, at Kiev’s PinchukArtCentre, Colombian artist Carlos Motta exhibited Patriots, Citizens, Lovers . . . , 2015, a multimedia installation on the theme of Ukrainian LGBTI visibility, or lack thereof.

The work, a commission produced on the occasion of the institution’s 2014 Future Generation Art Prize, comprises a series of ten-minute video interviews with local LGBTI activists, including Olena Shevchenko, a member of the advocacy NGO Insight, which organized the contested festival.

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