Y Gallery (Галерэя “Ў”)
Not sure if there is something called Belarusian underground art? If you have by now come to the conclusion that Minskers are mostly old-fashioned ladies in museums or worn-looking men having a drink from plastic cups in Centralny supermarket, you should definitely pay a visit to Y Gallery. The gallery is hiding just behind the buildings near the Plošča Pieramohi (Victory Square) obelisk. The name of the gallery in Belarusian reflects its alternative spirit: the "Ў" letter is unique to Belarusian alphabet.
The chill-out atmosphere of the gallery is best felt in a café where white tables, free WiFi and a selection of wines inspire lengthy discussions about cultural and social projects. Many of those projects take place in the gallery itself. Y Gallery hosts discussions about the future of Europe, the place of Belarus in Europe and gives space to the European Café ( http://n-europe.eu/eurocafe) and many other initiatives.
The nearby book shop LohvinaU (“ЛогвінаЎ”) offers art enthusiasts the albums of modern Belarusian photographers and artists. One can also buy here pARTisan magazine (http://partisanmag.by) dedicated to modern Belarusian art. The name of the magazine refers to the image of Belarus as a country of partisans/guerillas that fought against Germans during World War II. Modern Belarusian culture is in a way a guerilla/partisan movement, segmented into numerous smaller groups that rarely cooperate. pARTisan attempts to unite those dispersed movements into a better interacting cultural elite.Y Gallery