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Mythical Labyrinths of Usievalad Shwajba

Mythical Labyrinths of Usievalad Shwajba
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The Library opened an exhibition of graphics and paintings by Usievalad Shwajba "The Myths" on June 10.

The presented works are executed in various graphic techniques and materials, including woodcut, ink, pen, lithography, etching, linarite. The artist's paintings sound in unison with graphic letters.

The exhibition reveals the magical and unique world of Usievalad Shwajba's artistic images, acquaints visitors with the originality of his technical and philosophical inventions, which very individually and distinctively constitute a unique mosaic of content, symbols, personalities and forms. The works show the magical mysteries of Slavic mythology, the mathematically organized universe, the harmonious mechanics of the interaction of lines and images behind everyday life.


The artist invents symbolism and deep wisdom in figures, plots, faces, talks about the subtext and depth of meanings. The course of thought turns into an obvious labyrinth, breathing and footsteps – into a road and an image. In the artworks, the golden section, spiral, proportions, pyramids, and armillary sphere are encrypted.

Architect of the worlds, goddess Mokosh, dryads, tangles of destinies, the dance of atlantes, shamans... The plots of the artworks are filled with metaphysics, plasticity, structure, beauty. The mythical nature of ordinary lines and faces give an opportunity to see the world through the lens of Usievalad Shwajba's imagination.


Ms Aksana Knizhnikava, Director General of the National Library of Belarus, opened the event with a welcome speech. Ms Natalja Sharhanovich, First Deputy Chairperson of the Belarusian Union of Artists, art historian and art critic, and Ms Mayina Ehrenburh, art critic, graphic artist, chairperson of the "Verasen" section of the Belarusian Union of Artists thanked the artist for his unique philosophical works made in various graphic techniques, wished him creative success and inspiration. The author himself is a graphic artist, painter, member of the Belarusian Union of Artists, art teacher, expressed warm words of gratitude and told the audience about the history of painting and painstaking work on them.


The performance of "Hurba", the music band of Mr Shwajba, added to the fabulous and mythical atmosphere of the event.

The organizers of the exhibition are the National Library of Belarus and the Belarusian Union of Artists.

Admission is by the library card or by the Social and Cultural Centre ticket.

The exhibition will run until September 15, 2021 inthe "Rakurs" Gallery (2nd floor).
The end date is subject to change.

For more info: (+375 17) 368 37 37.

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