Art Exhibition Pop Up Fall Showcase: Anastasia Babenko

Anastasia Babenko © Anastasia Babenko

Sun, 11/14/2021 -
Sun, 12/12/2021

Das Schaufenster

This fall the Goethe Pop Up is partnering once more with Seattle-based German artist and gallerist Anna Mlasowsky to present the Pop Up Fall Showcase at Das Schaufenster as a Covid-safe way to experience new art in our city.

An artist-run experimental window space working to bring interesting, joyful, and thought-provoking art to the Ballard neighborhood, Das Schaufenster is mounting an ambitious, international fall program, consisting of four successive monthly exhibitions.

These solo exhibitions showcase artists from different national and cultural backgrounds, to highlight their practice. Each artist will bring their individual experiences, culture, and understanding of their place in the world to the space.
About the artist in November:
Anastasia Babenko
(b.1989), is a Ukraine-raised US-based filmmaker and photographer. After working as a news reporter in Ukraine, Germany, and the U.S., she has gradually shifted to a more reflexive and a long-term approach. In early 2021, she received funding from UN Women to film her debut narrative short. She curated shows and film programs for the Center on Contemporary Art and Northwest Film Forum, both based in Seattle. She was also a part of Seattle International Film Festival’s 2020 programming team. Her work for the Pop Up Fall Showcase, One Last Ride, was created with the support of a 4Culture grant.

About the November work on display: 

One Last Ride
Anastasia Babenko

"I was filming the Alaskan Way Viaduct demolition in 2019 without knowing exactly why. Coming from Eastern Europe, I was just instantly drawn to this drab, gray creature and its brutal esthetics. It reminded me of a Soviet khrushchyovka, a type of low-cost concrete-paneled apartment building aiming to fight the housing shortage in the USSR. Khrushchyovkas were meant to be temporary, and a lot of these are currently being demolished too. This architectural wheel of samsara made me reflect on the fluidity and fragility of human life. So I decided to approach Whim W'Him, a Seattle-based contemporary dance company. The choreographer Olivier Wevers has created nine meditative dancing chapters about bond, detachment, and loss. I filmed them and juxtaposed the warmth of human touch with the coldness of the viaduct. This resulted in 'One Last Ride,' a short cinematic dialogue between concrete and flesh." (Anastasia Babenko)