Turmoil on Bus Number 23, video, (07:29), 2011

Denis Limonov

In this performance, or what automatically becomes an act of civil disobedience in a police state, Denis Limonov rails against the injustices in his native Belarus. For this intervention carried out in 2011, he chose a very public and very ordinary social context: the evening trolley-bus number 23.

Given little room for manoeuvre or escape in this closed space, his fellow passengers on the bus attempt to ignore him, to shut him up, to shame him into silence and, occasionally, to argue with him. These responses to his attempts to engage in a discussion, which is avoided at all costs, are perhaps for the artist a minor victory over the pervading, oppressive silence in response to the crimes of the government.

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