“20,000 Lighters,” 2011. View of the exhibition opening reception at Ў Gallery, Minsk. Courtesy Ў Gallery
Ў Gallery is a nongovernmental contemporary art institution that unites an exhibition room, bookshop, café, and art library in one place. Ў is the only Belarusian letter that cannot be found in any other language. It is a graphic and semantic symbol native to our culture. The gallery’s main goals are to support the art market in Belarus, hold art and curatorial education programs, search and support young artists, and form a critical environment in the field of Belarusian contemporary culture.
The gallery’s objectives are: to improve communication among artists, art critics, and curators; to promote dialogue between younger and older generations of artists; to facilitate the role of the gallery as a platform for public discussions; and to organize and support various art events, exhibitions, festivals, and other projects, in collaboration with local and international art institutions.
The gallery is one of the most active places in the country, engaged in the promotion of informal culture by hosting local and international exhibition projects, lectures, and discussions on the current situation in the Belarusian cultural sphere.