I went to a presentation of the book Art Barbican: Triangle 92, anthology at National Art Museum of Ukraine. During the Maidan revolution different artists had their own spot that was located on Khreschatyk Street, right in front of a Khreschatyk metro, they called it Art Barbican.
It was a tent that was surrounded by walls made from fiberboard. The name Barbican refers to a medieval fortified fortress that first meets the enemy; roofless fiberboard walls ironically symbolized a fortress and also were used to display protest art: different posters, installations along with anarchist slogan—“Liberty or Death”. Barbican was a place for meetings and cultural events: literary, poetry readings, lectures, exhibitions. And apart from that, as any other protestors’ tents, it was a place to get worm, and keep helmets, shields and other protection against the police. Artists say that they wanted to bring some vibes of Paris protests of 1968 by creating unusual slogans, art, posters. During final days of Maidan revolution they made Molotov cocktails in there and called their Barbican a “cocktail bar”.
Art Barbican definitely brought creativity, humor and anarchistic vibes, many of those artists I really like and it was my favorite tent at the revolution, some of those posters are hanging on my wall right now 🙂
To document the events artists published an anthology of their art, texts, poetry that was created during Maidan. An interesting phenomenon is that many texts in the book are facebook posts that artists published during the protest. Facebook actually really helped everyone during that time to connect and to discuss what we should do next. Right now it’s still is a powerful tool; many famous bloggers, activists use facebook as their main platform to discuss politics, activism, volunteering for the army.
The name Triangle 92 has a meaning too. On final days of a Maidan revolution authorities tried to remove a protest camp, later the scheme of that so called anti-terrorist operation was leaked, artist’s tent was among the objects that should have been removed, and it was marked with triangle and a number 92.