PinchukArtCentre presents "And again democracy?" – a large-scale group exhibition with the participation of Francis Alys, group Allora and Calzadilla, Olafur Eliasson, Maurizio Cattelan, Zoe Leonard, Gosha of Mekugi, Takashi Murakami, Sondra Perry, Pascal Martin Tay, Luc Tuymans, Rachel Whiteread and Damien Hirst.
"I want the President of our gay" is a phrase, which opens the exposition, and at the same time the beginning of the poem "I want the President" Zo Leonard 1992. Despite the fact that it was written two decades ago, poet-activist of the feminist movement from the United States, it has not lost its relevance, neither for US nor for Ukraine.
Poem prompts reflection on the recent elections in different countries of the world, to sweep away the balance of influence, and leads directly to the forthcoming presidential elections in Ukraine on 31 March 2019, as well as elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 27 October 2019. It was provoking at the same time the present, future and past.
Throughout the exhibition appear constantly remind you about one of the main challenges facing democracies, "How to defend democracy in an open society?". Especially straightforward about this issue stated in the work of Francis Alys "do Not cross the bridge until you reach the river" in 2008. Today's policy decision about the closure of borders, the separation of children from their families during the attempts of immigration or ban people on watercraft hit the beach threatens the fundamental principle of openness of our society, and hence democracy itself.