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Nikita Kadan, “Fuck War”

In view of the ongoing war in Ukraine, the board of the Secession invited the artist Nikita Kadan to design the banner above the entrance to the Secession.

Kadan’s work features a direct, outspokenly aggressive slogan—an outcry against the war with all its horrors and cruelties.

The image is from the artist’s series Repeating Speech, which contains drawings of simple political slogans, made after the start of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. Each slogan is written numerous times on one sheet of paper. Writing “Close the Sky,” “Fuck War,” “Stop Putin,” “Cheap Gas Cheap Blood,” “Russian Warship Go Fuck Yourself” and other slogans actively used in the protests against the Russian invasion turned into a process of endless repetition, transforming political speech into a spell. Verbal protest against the ongoing war comes to resemble a magical practice.