Jura Shust explores the relationship between ritual and escapism. Intrigued by semantic polysemy, informational intoxication, and initial desire for oblivion, he reflects on how the mythological overlaps with the technological. The sacral idea of incorporation of the human mind into a global network with its tendency for decentralization inspires the artist to redefine the concept of spiritual ecology. Shust’s practice merges sculpture, video, and installation to construct mental landscapes illuminated by ethnoreligious beliefs and flooded by biopolitical intentions.

Shust has exhibited at Management (New York), the Museum of Contemporary Art GFZK (Leipzig), Contemporary Art Museum S.M.A.K. (Ghent), Museum de Domijnen (Sittard), Mystetskyi Arsenal (Kyiv), Calvert 22 Foundation (London), Badischer Kunstverein (Karlsruhe), Blaffer Art Museum (Houston, Texas), among others. He took part in the 14th Baltic Triennial, CAC (Vilnius) and 4th Art Encounters Biennial (Timișoara). His work is held in the collection of S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent, Belgium, and numerous private collections.

Coniferous Succession, Installation view
Jura Shust, Hardens the surface and heals the wound II, 2023
Jura Shust, Hardens the surface and heals the wound II, 2023 (detail)
Jura Shust, Walking, knocking on the roots, and shaking the spruce paws #5, 2022
Jura Shust, Walking, knocking on the roots, and shaking the spruce paws #8, 2023
Jura Shust, Walking, knocking on the roots, and shaking the spruce paws #1, 2023
Jura Shust, Until all the needles fall, 2023
Jura Shust, Coniferous Succession, 2023

EDUCATION  

Higher Institute for Fine Arts, HISK, Ghent, Belgium
MA in Fine Arts, KASK, Ghent, Belgium
BA in Visual Communication, EHU, Vilnius, Lithuania

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023
Coniferous Succession, Management, New York, USA

2022
Amber Hum, Centrum, Berlin, Germany

2021
NEOPHYTE II, EXILE Gallery, Vienna, Austria

2020
NEOPHYTE, Fragment Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2019
NEOPHYTE, Ў Gallery of Contemporary Art, Minsk, Belarus
Drunken Forest. Vyksa Steelworks History Museum, Vyksa, Russia

2017
Poppositions, ING Art Center (Brussels, Belgium)
Absorption, Ў Contemporary Art Center, Minsk, Belarus

2015
EXO OBLIVION, Bruthaus Gallery, Waregem, Belgium

2014
From Where to When, the White House Gallery, Leuven, Belgium
Requiem for a New Year, Ў Contemporary Art Center, Minsk, Belarus

2013
Repetition, Art Space, Ghent, Belgium
Transcendental Transition, Croxhapox Art Platform, Ghent, Belgium

 


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022
When The Sun Is Low – The Shadows Are Long, GfZk Gallery, Leipzig, Germany            
When The Sun Is Low – The Shadows Are Long, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland
In the Field of the Other, Management, New York, USA

2021
Things We Sense About Each Other, Baden Art Association, Karlsruhe, Germany
Screams of the Silenced, Grey Space, the Hague, Netherlands
Every day. Art. Solidarity. Resistance, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine

2020
Belarus Art Revolution, Berlin Germany

2019
After the Future, Smena Center of Modern Culture, Kazan, Russia
Ach, dass ich Wassers genug hatte, Richter space, Moscow, Russia
Highlights of S.M.A.K. collection, Strombeek Cultural Center, Ghent, Belgium
TENANTS group show, Giorgio Galotti Gallery, Turin, Italy

2018
Dead End Galaxies, Polansky Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
The Future is Certain, Houston, Texas, USA
The Dutch Savannah curated by Barbara Cueto & Bas Hendrikx. Museum de Domijnen, Sittard, Netherlands

2017
The Future is Certain; It’s the past which is unpredictable, Calvert 22 Foundation, London, UK
Camouflaged Pearls, Bruthaus Gallery, Waregem, Belgium

2016
The Specific Emotional: Between the repetition and the event, Liljevalchs Hubb, Stockholm, Sweden
The Empty Foxhole, HISK, Gent, Belgium
Drawing is Thinking, Thinking is Moving, CIAP Contemporary art center, Hasselt, Belgium
Open Studios 2016, HISK, Higher Institute of Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium
In Love With Beauty, powered by Sotheby’s, Zwevegem, Belgium

2015
Liquid Art, duo exhibition, Plagiarama art space, Brussels, Belgium
Ritualia, Ename Archaeological Museum, Oudenaarde, Belgium
Everything That is Solid Melts into Air, Maksim Bahdanovich Literary Museum, Minsk, Belarus

2014
Inventory of the Premises, Zwart Wild art platform, Gent, Belgium
Coming People 2014, S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium
Offside, Ў Contemporary Art Gallery, Minsk, Belarus
Inventory of the Premises, Zwart Wild Art platform, Ghent, Belgium

2013
Final Show, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium

2012
The Harvest, Ў Contemporary Art Gallery, Minsk, Belarus
West of East, Ў Contemporary Art Gallery, Minsk, Belarus
Europe N, GfZK Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany

2011
Household, Ў Contemporary Art Center, Minsk, Belarus
Opening the Door?, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania
IOD group performance. Ў Contemporary Art Center, Minsk, Belarus
IOD group performance. The Academy of Fine Arts, Vilnius, Lithuania

 

FESTIVALS & BIENNALE:

2021
4th Art Encounters Biennial, Timisoara, RO
The Endless Frontier, 14th Baltic Triennial, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania

2020
Intro Maze and the Lighthouse, 14th Baltic Triennial, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania

2017
Work hard! Play hard! Festival, Minsk, Belarus

2016
DEEP INSIDE, 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow, Russia

2015
Survival K(n)it 7, International Contemporary Art Festival, Riga, Latvia
The Wrong, New Digital Art Biennale, Ghent, Belgium

2014
Limited Access V screening, Festival for Moving Images, Sound, and Performance, Tehran, Iran

 

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

S.M.A.K., the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium

Jura Shust is included in Interfaces at Lille Art Up! in Lille, curated by Annuschka Leung
February 8, 2024
Loop, Barcelona

Management is pleased to present a new video work by Jura Shust at LOOP Fair in Barcelona, November 21—23

October 19, 2023
Jura Shust is included in Ring Ring Ring at Pal Project in Paris, curated by Andy Rankin
October 14, 2023
Jura Shust is included in Other Edges of the World at MeetFactory in Prague, curated by Lucia Kvocaková, Piotr Sikora, Flóra Gadó
September 13, 2023
Jura Shust is included in Listening to the Waterfalls of the Sun at Tranzit.sk in Bratislava, curated by Flóra Gadó
April 14, 2023
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