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31 august, 2023

Key art events in Ukraine 

Tetiana Malinovska, Future Time Concept 1, from the Biruchiy exhibition, photo courtesy of the organisers.

Listening to the City: Presentation of Audio Walks along the Left Bank of Kyiv

Dates: 01.09.2023
Address: Kyiv, Pimonenko Street 6, America House Kyiv
Operating Hours: September 1, 2023, 18:30–21:00
Ticket Price: Free Admission

Organizer(s): Urban Theatre
Co-organizer(s): America House Kyiv
Curator(s): Dmytro Levytskyi

«Listening to the City» presents the interim results from the Urban Theatre’s audio walk creation course. The summer 2023 course was dedicated to the stories of the Kyiv left bank. The final results (the audio walks) are to be presented in mid-September.

«Throughout the summer, we gathered weekly to create original audio walks — exploring our own voices, finding our editing style, understanding the experience to provide the listeners. During the course, we discussed stereotypes, exoticization, infrastructure, and traumas,» the organizers explain. 

Photos from test audio walks during the course of the Urban Theater. Source: provided by the Urban Theater team.
 The event also offers a chance to meet the authors of the stories:

Oleksandra Adamenko («31», the Socmist Walk);

— Polina Yakovleva («Not Holding Grudges», the Pozniaky Walk);

— Yuri Yudin («Mindless», the Forest Walk on Lysa Hora);

— Natalia Kozak («Khovanka», the Park «Peremoha» Walk in Darnytsia);

— Tamara Ileya (the Walk at the Partisan Glory Park near Rembaza);

— Tetiana Usova (the Walk from Osokorky Metro to Darnytskyi Bridge);

— Volodymyr Prylutskyi (the Sunny Lake and Surroundings Walk);

— Kseniia Reutova (the Walk from Livoberezhna Courtyard to Rusanivskyi Canal and HydroPark).

In addition to the project presentation, the event will feature performances by composers who created music for the audio walks, Oleksii Podat and Ivan Skoryna.

Event Schedule:

18:3019:30 — Presentation of Audio Walks (America House Kyiv, Pimonenko Street 6)

20:0022:00 — Performance by Oleksii Podat and Ivan Skoryna (Urban Theatre kiosk, Sichovykh Striltsiv Street 44)

Urban Theatre is a community of city researchers, urbanists, and flâneurs, created by playwright and author of the «Mario Walks the Citadel» audio walk Dmytro Levytskyi.

Exhibition «Prayer for Ukraine» by Anton Logov

Dates: 01.09.2023 — 22.09.2023
Address: Kyiv, Yevhena Chykalenka Street 21a, CMA «Bilyi Svit»
Operating Hours: Wed-Sun, 11:00–19:00
Opening: September 1, 2023, 18:00
Ticket Price: Free Admission

Organizer(s): CMA «Bilyi Svit»

Creating paintings for this exhibition, Anton Logov reflected on his emotional states before and during the war. The artist's works aim to reveal the nature of these unfathomable feelings through unity with Ukrainian nature, becoming one with the native land, sun, fields, and mountains.

«The author records in memory all the wounds inflicted on Ukraine by the Russian invasion, mourns for the people who gave their lives for Ukraine, extends his heart to everyone who seeks freedom, believes in Ukraine's victory, and glorifies the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Through artistic movements and forms, the artist invites the viewer into dialogue, knowing that these thoughts and feelings unite everyone today,» the announcement says.

Anton Logov is a Ukrainian multidisciplinary artist: a painter, author of objects and installations, teacher, and active participant in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Ukraine and abroad.

Exhibition «Forces that Do Not Exist» by Anton Tkachenko

Dates: 02.09.2023 — 16.09.2023
Address: Kyiv, Kudryavska Street 47, Khlibzavod
Opening: September 2, 2023, 18:00
Ticket Price: Free Admission 

Organizer(s): Khlibzavod

«Forces that Do Not Exist» is a project about solitude in which artist Anton Tkachenko contemplates the relationship between humans and the environment. In the context of a full-scale invasion, he was left in Ukraine without his loved ones. Adapting to new realities, Tkachenko began seeking an answer to the question «How to live on?». Unexpectedly for himself, the author found the answer in his belief in afterlife forces that were previously foreign to him. 

«In times of instability and lack of confidence in tomorrow, people start relying on supernatural forces and believing in things that, in their opinion, can make life easier or save them from troubles. I remember how in the 1990s, my family and their friends quickly became superstitious. Instead of a doctor, there was a grandma; instead of financial literacy, there was faith in fortune-telling and tarot readings; instead of developing their own social skills and general socialization, there were love spells,» the artist recalls.

The exhibition showcases Tkachenko's works created during the summer 2023 residency on the «Ostriv» platform, supported by the international network of hosting institutions Artists at Risk.

Scientific and Artistic Platform «Ostriv» is a multidisciplinary space in the Solomianskyi district of Kyiv, created on the basis of the Kyiv National University of Architecture and Construction.

Anton Tkachenko is an artist, curator, founder of the self-organized space 127 Garazh, contextual gallery NULLA.

Exhibition «The Great Finding. Step Three» by Serhii Melnychenko and Mitya Fenechkin

Dates: 07.09.2023 — 22.10.2023
Address: Kyiv, Yaroslavska Street 21, Dymchuk Gallery
Operating Hours: Wed–Sun, 12:00–19:00
Ticket Price: Free admission

Organizer(s): Dymchuk Gallery

The «The Great Finding. Step Three» project includes photographs by Serhii Melnychenko from the series «Fundamental Space Explorations of Naked Singularity,» graphic works by Mitya Fenechkin, and NFT-3D animations by Volodymyr Lysenko.

The exhibition focuses on the search for oneself, a dimension often concealed from others. The artists' works convey the state in which a person finds themselves, metaphorically standing before the horizon of events. The horizon of events is an astrophysical phenomenon, a boundary beyond which events are yet to affect the observer.

«Drawing an analogy with self-discovery and the feeling of being an alien on one's own planet, the artists create a picture of what happens to a person while awaiting their unclear future on the horizon of events,» says Nika Shumeyko, the gallery's art manager.

Serhii Melnychenko is a photographer, founder of the conceptual and artistic photography school MYPH in Mykolaiv, member of UPHA. He is a laureate of Ukrainian and international contests, including the «Leica Oskar Barnack Award Newcomer» in 2017 (Berlin), «Photographer of the Year» in 2012, 2013, and 2016 (Kyiv, Ukraine), and «Golden Camera» in 2012 (Kyiv, Ukraine). He was born in Mykolaiv and has been living in Ivano-Frankivsk since the beginning of the large-scale invasion. He is engaged in charitable and volunteer projects.

Mitya Fenechkin is an artist and illustrator who specializes in graphics and poetry. She is the author of art books and illustrations for music album covers (such as «Okean Elzy», «Orkestr Che», «Zapaska», «Vhnvzh», «Palindrom», «Djozer», among others). He lives and works in Odessa. She participates in charity projects and auctions that help raise funds for the needs of defenders and humanitarian aid. 

Artwork by Sergiy Melnychenko from the series «Fundamental space explorations of naked singularity», 2019-2022.Photo: provided by the Dymchuk Gallery team.

Concert «Diletsky: must hear» by OPEN OPERA

Dates: 17.09.2023
Address: Kyiv, Oleny Teligy Street 12, Kyrylivska Church
Operating Hours: 15:00
Ticket Price: By invitation only

Co-organizer(s): Ukrainian Cultural Foundation

«Diletsky: must hear» is a new program from the Musica Sacra Ukraina's choral laboratory, which has prepared a special release and an online concert that can also be enjoyed through online streaming.

«Our ensemble Partes has prepared a new program featuring works by Ukrainian anonymous authors and the genius of choral music, Mykola Diletsky. The pinnacle of this program will be the Resurrection Canon, a composition that demands an almost marathon-like preparation. This canon is so perfectly composed that it has every chance of attaining the same significance as well-known pieces like Mykola Leontovych's 'Shchedryk' or Mykola Lysenko's 'Prayer for Ukraine',» the organizers explain.


Mykola Diletsky «Body of Christ»;

Anonymous «Adam Sat Right in Paradise»;

Anonymous «The End Draws Near, My Soul»;

Anonymous «Ole, Ole, Wretched Soul»;

Mykola Diletsky «Resurrection Canon».

OPEN OPERA is a musical community aimed at presenting classical music as a tool for communication, understanding, identity, and critical analysis of the present day.

Ukrainian Projects in Europe

Exhibition «Fragmented Evidence» in New York

Dates: 24.08.2023 — 24.09.2023
Address: USA, 2 East 79th Street, New York, NY, 10075 (Ukrainian Institute of America)
Ticket Price: Free admission

Organizer(s): BIRUCHIY, Contemporary Art Researchers Union, Ukrainian Contemporary Art Platform
Co-organizer(s): Consulate General of Ukraine in New York, Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations
Curator(s): Olena Speranska 

Artworks by Anastasiia Budnikova from the series «Acts of Accomplished Works,» 2021. Photo: provided by the BIRUCHIY team.
 «Fragmented Evidence» encompasses painting, sculpture, prints, video, and photo documentation from the collection of the international residency for contemporary art, BIRUCHIY, which was once located on the occupied Azov Sea peninsula of the same name.

«Some objects being exhibited in the USA miraculously survived during the occupation of Bucha and were preserved in storage alongside the crimes committed by Russian invaders. This story, along with the account of the destroyed house of the project curator Olena Speranska and BIRUCHIY residency founder Hennadiy Kozub, will be presented in a documentary film by director Ivan Sautkin,» the announcement says.

The exhibition features works by Zhanna Kadyrova, Vlada Ralko, Volodymyr Budnykov, Oleksandr Hliadelov, Serhiy Sviatchenko, Vera Blanch, Anastasia Budnykova, Kateryna Buchatska, Maxym Dondiuk, Natalia Karpinska, Lesia Khomenko, Tetiana Malinovska, Alisa Nikitinova, Ivan Sautkin, Andrii Steur, Artem Volokitin, and Albina Yaloza.

«The 'Fragmented Evidence' project demonstrates both my personal history and the collective experience of artists – in peaceful, blossoming Ukraine as well as in the tragic historical moment of war,» says exhibition curator Olena Speranska. According to her, the project represents the long history of artistic residency development in Ukraine and its transformation after the full-scale invasion.

Exhibition «Russian War Crimes» in Berlin

Dates: 04.09.2023
Address: Germany, Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, Humboldt University
Opening: September 4, 2023, 18:00
Ticket Price: Free admission

Organizer(s): PinchukArtCentre
Co-organizer(s): Humboldt University
Curator(s): Björn Geldhof, Ksenia Malykh

The «Russian War Crimes» exhibition throws into sharp relief a reality about Russia. A nation that not only invaded a peaceful country but actively targets Ukrainian civilians through a series of atrocities such as rape, executions, and bombardments. The exhibition shows photographs taken from all over Ukraine since the start of the war till now. Even so, it only addresses a fraction of the known crimes. The exhibition gives back faces and names to Ukrainians that have turned into statistics. It brings back people to numbers and in amongst the overwhelming amount of crimes, offers some victims a place to speak and share their story. 

The Russian War Crimes exhibition was first shown at the former Russia House in Davos during the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting. Later it was displayed, with great impact, in the Houses of Parliament in London, at NATO Headquarters and the European Parliament in Brussels as well as in NYC during the UN General Assembly, and other locations.

Speakers at the opening:

— Vice-President of the Bundestag, Katrin Göring-Eckardt;

— President of the Munich Security Conference Foundation, YES board member Wolfgang Ischinger;

— Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine (online), Andriy Yermak;

— Director of the Institute for International Peace and Security Law at the University of Cologne, Claus Kress;

— President of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Julia von Blumenthal;

— Director of the Franz von Liszt Institute of International Criminal Law at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (online), Florian Jeßberger;

— Founder of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, PinchukArtCentre, and YES, Victor Pinchuk.

Exhibition «Ground Shadows» in Mechelen

Dates: 09.09.2023 — 24.10.2023
Address: Belgium, Mechelen, Kazerne Dossin Goswin de Stassartstraat 153 2800
Operating Hours: Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Sat-Sun, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Opening: September 8, 2023, 18:00
Ticket price: Free admission

Organizer(s): IZOLYATSIA, Past/Future/Art 
Co-organizer(s): Kazerne Dossin Memorial Museum
Curator(s): Kateryna Filiuk, Oksana Dovhopolova, Kateryna Semenyuk 

Artwork by Anna Zvyagintseva from the series «Ground Shadows.» Photo:
 Anna Zvyagintseva's exhibition «Ground Shadows,» created specifically for the Kazerne Dossin Memorial Museum in Mechelen, Belgium, serves as a reminder of the recurring violence that has touched Babyn Yar and Ukraine. In her works, the artist intertwines the tragic events of the Second World War with the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war, creating a space for reflection, mourning, and remembrance. Zvyagintseva focuses on the imagery of trees felled by bullets and shells. This imagery repeatedly appears in her drawings and sculptures. For her installation, the artist consciously selects fragile materials such as clay and paper.

«On September 29-30, 1941, 33,771 Kyiv Jews were shot at Babi Yar. In the same year, Nazis also killed psychiatric hospital patients, Roma, Soviet prisoners of war, and enemies of the occupation regime here. Babyn Yar symbolizes the 'Holocaust by bullets'... Today, Babyn Yar resembles a forest more, its trees having grown over the past few decades. They didn't witness the horrors of the Second World War but became the target of another criminal regime. During a missile strike by Russian forces on Kyiv on March 1, 2022, one of the missiles hit Babi Yar, claiming the lives of five people,» the project description states.

«Ground Shadows» is a collaborative project between the IZOLYATSIA Foundation and the cultural memory platform Past / Future / Art, with the support of the Flemish Office and the Foreign Affairs Department.

Anna Zvyagintseva is an artist who often creates a manifesto of the unnoticed, imperceptible facets of our lives, showcasing their fragility and documenting intangible moments.

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