1983, Minsk | Belarus
Jura Shust is a Berlin-based Belarusian artist.
Shust holds an MA in Fine Arts from KASK (Ghent, BE), and a BA in Media Communication from EHU (Vilnius, LT).
Jura Shust works mainly with installation, graphics, and performative video. In his artistic practice, he focuses on the interconnection between rituals and myths with technologies, science, and bio-politics. Making a combination of artificial, extra materials with everyday elements the artist puts attention to contradictions of modernity: a passion for rational knowledge and fetishism from one side, vividly embodied in contemporary networking systems, and deep archaic worldview on the other. Turning to the issues of the future, such as the increasing speed of communication and information intoxication, technological and mythological utopianism that frames the belief in immortality, Shust examines the sacred connection between technology and society.
Since 2012, Shust has collaborated with the Museum of Contemporary Art GFZK (Leipzig, DE), Contemporary Art Museum S.M.A.K. (Ghent, BE), Museum de Domijnen (Sittard, NL), Calvert 22 Foundation (London, UK), Blaffer Art Museum (Houston, Texas, US) and other galleries. In 2016 took part in the 5th Biennale for Young Art in Moscow.
His works are featured in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art S.M.A.K. (Ghent, Belgium) as well as in private collections.