Polina Khatsenka – TRANZIT ZONE

Gallery 3
22. 3. — 27. 5. 2023


Artist: Polina Khatsenka (CZ/BLR)
Curator: Adéla Machová

Polina Khatsenka (b. 1992, Minsk, currently living in Ústí nad Labem), audiovisual artist, sound designer and musician performing as “Mudaki”. Khatsenka is interested in sound environments and electroacoustic music. Her work includes field recordings as well as computer generated and modified sound instruments. Her artworks are based on a wide range of aspects of sound.

Her work blends experimental sound recording with active perception of sound testimonies of human existence and operability in contemporary society. She captures echoes of human activity and certain activities or of human consciousness and expression through sound which she sometimes accompanies with a visual element or, in her latest work in process called Tranzit Zone, with text. For Gallery 3, she has created a sound composition full of various noises intended for headphones.

Transit Zone reflects on the theme of endangered language, understanding, memory and the tradition that language, whether in spoken or written form, helps to co-create. The inspiration comes from the artist’s mother tongue, Belarusian, which is increasingly less used within the country’s political structure as it is replaced by Russian language. She works with the idea that language and its autonomous position is a non-ethnic legacy and cultural heritage of its country, and the potential of its role also possesses the possibility to define itself against forced political or socio-cultural influence. Polina Khatsenka metaphorically examines connections and links within a language, being interested in its roots and current manifestations, and confronts them with the situation of the gradual neglect or retreating of a given language from society.

text: Adéla Machová
graphic design: Kseniia Melnikova


Gallery 3, which is a part of the Ústí nad Labem House of Arts, creates a specific environment for the presentation of artists working with sound and spatial perception. The presentation here defines a sound point prepared by the author – a place where you can listen, deeply concentrate, share or resonate. The default format of listening through headphones brings both, a moment of focused perception and a certain variability in the form of site-specific creation. Works presented can come for example as sound installations, audiovisual creations or sound mapping. The program of sound interventions is dramaturgically prepared by curators Adéla Machová and Jan Krtička.

Polina Khatsenka