Konstantin Adjer Valeriy Ayzenberg Pawel AlthamerJohanna Billing Sonia BoyceVaast Colson Didier Courbot Honoré d’O ESCAPE program Yevgeniy FiksVadim Fishkin Alberto Garutti Jens HaaningJeanne van Heeswijk IRWINSuchan Kinoshita Jiri Kovanda Yuri Leiderman and Andrei SilvestrovAnton Litvin Liza Morozova Roman Ondak Adrian Paci Cesare Pietroiusti R.E.P.Andrei Silvestrov Shimabuku SOSkaTanzLaboratorium Moniek Toebosch Jaan Toomik Luca Vitone

R.E.P. (Revolutionary Experimental Space)

Established  2004 in Kiev, Ukraine 

Ksenia Gnilitskaya (born in 1984 in Kiev, Ukraine), Nikita Kadan (born in 1982 in Kiev, Ukraine), Zhanna Kadyrova (born in 1981 in Brovary, Ukraine), Vladimir Kuznetsov (born in 1976 in Lutsk, Ukraine), Lada Nakonechnaya (born in 1982 in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine), Lesia Khomenko (born in 1980 in Kiev, Ukraine)

By the moment the R.E.P. group was founded in 2004, all of its members had already developed an artistic personality of their own. And they have continued in the same line ever since. However, for all these years the artists have been engaged in collective art practices, thus maintaining their small art community. The political events of the Orange Revolution proved a key element in the group's establishment. The first collective actions of the R.E.P group were effectuated in the crowd of protesters in the Kiev Maidan square: it was the unanimity of broad masses of society struggling for common political cause that brought those Ukrainian artists to work together.

Another reason to maintain the group, counting even today, is the weak infrastructure of the Kiev art scene. Short of an extensive institutional network intended to support experimental art, artists form associations substituting for nonexistent institutions. This development is typical not only of the Kiev art community but of the whole Post-Soviet space, and many other periphery countries. Having in mind a wide and diverse social background of the R.E.P. group, the artists have chosen not only to ‘practice collectivity, but also thematize it’. Since 2007 they have been involving other groups in joint projects, presenting various forms of collaboration in one space. 

On the Method 2011 Installation


The artists explain that the On the Method project is designed ‘as a small stage of communities – an installation with a central rotating element, on which three walls produce three separate rooms with autonomous exhibits. Each of these exhibits presents the (self-)examination of one of three creative groups: the architects Object Group; the collective TanzLaboratorium; and our group, R.E.P. In these exhibits we try to analyze methods of collective creativity, and correspondingly, forms of group life, of voluntary shared existence. Each artistic group is a laboratory of collectivity, a territory for the invention of new forms of society and/or the problematization of prior forms.’

Inquiring into the dichotomy of life and creative process, art and everyday reality, the R.E.P. group actually inclines to think them identical: ‘But maybe every community of people is a certain kind of creative group? One, however, lacking the need to represent some kind of artistic product?’

Installation On the Method
On the Method 2011 Installation
On the Method 2011 Installation
Moscow museum of modern art