During the Amsterdam Dance Event 2023, the group exhibition 'Recharge & Revolt' will be showcased at Melkweg Expo. Curated by Ukrainian guest curators Anton Shebetko (artist, curator, and writer) and Maria Vtorushina (queer artist and curator), this exhibition focuses on rave culture as a powerful political instrument.
After the Revolution of Dignity and this turning point in Ukrainian society, the techno and rave scenes flourished, giving rise to significant clubs and parties that have become an integral part of contemporary Ukrainian society, especially for members of the queer community.
Ukrainian LGBTQ+ members share not only the struggle against Russian invaders but also the fight for their rights. In this rave culture, the vibrancy and connectedness of Ukrainian queer communities are expressed, as it is a space where they feel safe and can be themselves. Raves even became of such crucial importance in 2021 that many local protests in Kiev took the form of raves, including Pride.
The Ukrainian techno scene is known for its values of freedom, self-expression, and acceptance, which are shared by the queer community. 'Recharge and Revolt' explores and celebrates themes such as queer identity, queer visibility, utopia, queer time, and the solidarity that has been fostered through raves.
On October 18, during the opening event, the curators will organize an in-depth (panel) discussion around the theme of this exhibition.