Yellowism – an autonomous phenomenon of contemporary visual culture – was formed at the turn of 2010-2011, in Cairo (Egypt) by former contemporary artists and current Yellowists – Marcin Lodyga and Vladimir Umanets. The manifesto of yellowism (a short read) can be found on the blog yellowists: thisisyellowism.com
Marcin Lodyga on Yellowism; “In Yellowism you don’t see any creativity. It’s neither art nor anti-art. The lack of the key features which make that art is art – the diversity of interpretations, the freedom of interpretation, the incessant necessity to push the boundaries – the lack all these features is the core of Yellowism. The dreams of original or revolutionary ideas do not apply here. If Yellowists are artists then art with its past and future must been seen as a flat, inert, homogeneous, dead mass in which all and everything is about exactly the same thing: Yellow.”
Lodyga and Umanets met in September 2005 at the Academy of Fine Arts, Poland. They have since activated and curated Yellowistic Chambers in Egypt; ‘Flattened to Yellow’, ‘All & Everything’ and in London; ‘CKYC’ (Carmen Kass Yellowistic Chamber) and the legendary ‘No-One Lives Forever.’ The latter show exhibited works by Damien Hirst, Miroslaw Balka and Neville Brody with their artwork being transformed into a pieces of Yellowism.