R.E.P., Patriotism. Herford Story, Herford, Germany, 2013. Courtesy the artist

R.E.P., Patriotism. Hymn, Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Italy, 2007. Courtesy the artist

R.E.P., Patriotism. Image of an Enemy, Grazer Kunstverein, Austria, 2011. Courtesy the artist

R.E.P., Patriotism. The Resources and Common Resources, Center for Contemporary Art, Graz, Austria, 2009. Courtesy the artist

R.E.P., Patriotism. Waiting Slogans, Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art, Ukraine, 2013

R.E.P., Patriotism. Fence, Kunsthalle Budapest, Hungary, 2010. Courtesy the artist

R.E.P. was formed in Kyiv in 2004 – the decade of their existence framed by the Orange Revolution of that year and the recent Revolution of Dignity both on Maidan Square. The group was the first in Ukraine to work collectively by consensus, as a model of artistic collaboration. R.E.P. launched the Patriotism project in 2006, a visual dictionary of graphic symbols indicating social phenomena, values and relationships. This alphabet is used spatially to create vinyl wall ‘murals’ that comment on the place and context of the exhibition. The language has been used to talk about communities, labour migration, political systems, art institutions, education and equality. Free from identity politics, Patriotism draws on ideas such as universalism, the monumental propaganda of ideology-driven societies, and the consumer logos of capitalism.

On Sat 27 February, 11.30am–12.30pm, R.E.P. and Haim Sokol discuss their work at Tyneside Cinema. More information here.

R.E.P. (Revolutionary Experimental Space)

FREE

Preview: Fri 26 Feb, 7–10pm

27 February – 27 March 2016 

Opening Times
Tue – Sun 12–6pm, closed Mon

Gallery North

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