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An online game about Ukrainian art 1920-2020 was presented

22 june, 2021


The Ukrainian Institute and the curatorial association OK Projects presented an online exhibition in the format of the game "The Fantastic Adventure through Art History of Ukraine". The project is a part of the Ukrainian Institute #UkraineEverywhere program for presenting Ukraine`s visual culture online. 

The game The Fantastic Adventure through Art History of Ukraine (in Ukrainian and English) shows you what happened on the territory of Ukraine between 1920 and 2020, and you can choose how to react to these historical events through your works. The participant plays the role of an artist who transforms social phenomena and political events into works of art. 

“The recent history of Ukrainian art is an ongoing process, and it is all the more interesting to be a participant in it. This is what the game "The Fantastic Adventure through Art History of Ukraine" offers: an adventure with many scenarios of unfolding events that we choose ourselves. The game tells a story lasting a hundred years, where Ukrainian art is not only formed as an original phenomenon under the influence of internal social and political contexts, but also remains an integral part of European and world cultural processes.  Therefore, the project will be interesting to both international and Ukrainian audiences” —  says Alexander Vinogradov, head of "Visual Art" at the Ukrainian Institute. 

The curatorial selection of Ukrainian artists represented in the game is based on thematic and historical principles. Over the past 100 years, selected Ukrainian artists have responded to social processes or constructed alternative, fantastic, speculative realities to avoid these processes. The online exhibition presents works by 20 Ukrainian artists, including Mykhailo Boychuk, Oleksandra Exter, Serhiy Hryhoriev, Alla Horska, Mykola Karabinovych, and Fedir Tetyanych (Fripulya). 

“It was important for us to encourage both the general public and the profile audience when creating the game. Therefore, in the project "The Fantastic Adventure through Art History of Ukraine"  are several layers: for a user unfamiliar with Ukrainian art, the game must be played several times to find all the artists; the art community can critically examine connections between artists and the non-inclusion of individual actors relevant to the context, and those interested in historical processes can find new “Easter eggs” in the illustrations, each time during the passage.” — project curators Ksenia Malykh and Valeria Schiller note. 
 
The project was developed by curatorial association OKprojects, Bilesuhe Agency and PhotinusStudio. Projects Curators — Ksenia Malykh, Valeria Schiller, illustrator — Daniil Revkovsky. The Fantastic Adventure through Art History of Ukraine is part of the Ukrainian Institute #Ukraine Everywhere program for presenting Ukraine's visual culture online. 

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