The audio tour through the Vozdvyzhenka area by Pic Pic Performance Art Theatre

24 december, 2020
Photo: Ivan Zavertalyuk

This audio tour was created by Pic Pic within the framework of the artist-in-residence program at Bereznitsky Art Foundation.

The audio tour can be downloaded to the mobile device at the entrance to the Bereznitsky Art Foundation using the QR code on the stand. Participation is free of charge. The creators do not recommend taking the audio tour in the dark, as well as in slippery weather. The total duration of the walk is 50 minutes. The finishing point of the audio tour is Zamkova Hill.

Being created as some kind of a podcast, the audio tour talks through the voices of artist Ilya Chichkan, restaurateur Dmytro Borysov, photographer Andrii Matsiievskyi, marketing expert Oksana Goshva, owner of the Gorodskaya Parikmakherskaya hairdressing salon Pavlo Sergeyev, and founder of the Nash Kyiv magazine Dmytro Fedorenko.

Vozdvyzhenka was founded in the 2000s in Podil, Kyiv, in an area historically known as the Honchari-Kozhumiaky tract. The new district with elite buildings was not inhabited immediately and therefore received the name of a ‘ghost street’ among the city people. Gradually, entrepreneurs and artists who rent premises for their salons, workshops, shops, restaurants, and galleries there put new life into Vozdvyzhenka. Today, most of the housing in Vozdvyzhenka is inhabited, and local residents have their own vision of the district development, which is implemented through self-governing bodies. At the same time, the housing development of Vozdvyzhenka continues.

How does real life in Kyiv new-builds differ from the marketing promises of the real estate developers? What forms good neighborly relations against the background of Kyiv development? And what is a residential complex itself? The audio tour by Pic Pic raises such questions and acquaints with the history and identity of Vozdvyzhenka through the experience of its residents.

The audio tour was created by authors Dima Levytskyi, Piotr Armianovski, sound designer Danyil Hrabar, translators Tania Rodionova and Yuliia Didokha, consultants Mariia Borysova and Pavlo Fedoriv, actress Oksana Kunikevych, curator Hanna Tsyba.