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David Chichkan`s solo show «Portraits that Speak»

24 november, 2020


The Bereznitsky Art Foundation presents a new exhibition by David Chichkan «Portraits that Speak», the show will run from November 25 to December 24. The exposition will feature a new series of graphic artworks, that were created at the residency at the Bereznitsky Art Foundation. The oeuvres aim to comprehend the phenomenon of depicting portraits of historical figures on Ukrainian currency.

Continuing to research and rethink the works of Ukrainian modernist intellectuals, David Chichkan creates a series of alternative Ukrainian hryvnias. The portraits of Lesya Ukrainka and Ivan Franko on Chichkan's "banknotes" are not silent, but complemented by large quotations from their works, which, according to the artist, most fully reflect their own views of the social order based on general social and economic equality. In this way, the artist once again draws attention to the emancipatory beliefs of the ideologues of the progressive Ukrainian project, which remains revolutionary even today.

David Chichkan (1986) is a contemporary Ukrainian artist who consistently works in a critical direction in art and turns his own artistic practice into an instrument of the transformation of society. Preferred media — graphics, painting, street art, and performance. Selected latest personal projects «During the War» (Artsvit, Dnipro, 2016) and «Lost Opportunity» (Center for Visual Culture, Kyiv, 2017). Among the latest international projects — the exhibition «Between Fire and Fire. Ukrainian Art Now» (Vienna, Austria, 2019), the First Warsaw Biennale (Warsaw, Poland, 2018), the Warsaw Under Construction Festival (Warsaw, Poland, 2018), the exhibition «Permanent Revolution» (Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary, 2018), Kyiv Biennale «Kyiv International» (Kyiv, 2017), Fifth Odesa Biennale (Museum of Contemporary Art of Odesa, 2017). Lives and works in Kyiv.

The exhibition can be visited: Monday — Friday from 12:00 to 21:00
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