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Adaptogen. Volt Agapeyev & Zbiok Czajkowski


See a series of fantastic flowers at the Virtual Exhibition presented by artistic Ukrainian-Polish duo Volt Agapeyev and Sławomir Zbiok Czajkowski. Start the 4th of March.


Adaptogen is an art project by Ukrainian-Polish duo Volt Agapeyev and Sławomir Zbiok Czajkowski realised remotely in a virtual reality environment. Using 3D modeling tools and VR headsets, the artists created a series of fantastic flowers, which can be seen collected together in a virtual exhibition (the link will be available on the opening day).

Volt (Vitaliy) Agapeyev was s born in Ternopil in 1989. Like most artists of his surroundings, Vitaliy started his art career from graffiti. In 2012, graduated from Ternopil National Pedagogical University, Institute of Arts, where he studied on the department of fine arts and crafts. After that in 2016, he gets additional education in the School of visual communication at the department of graphic design. The basis of his multidisciplinary practice is working with ink drawings, murals, installations and media art. Lives and works in Kyiv.

Left: Volt Agapeyev. Photo: Taras Tarasov | Right: “Red Dots”, 2009

Sławek “Zbiok” Czajkowski is a graduate of the Institute of Art and Culture at the University of Zielona Góra. He started as a graffiti and murals painter in Zielona Góra, he works in Wrocław and other cities. He also exhibits in galleries, he was the author of several exhibitions dealing with the topic of street art. He is also the creator of a documentary about the Urban Art environment (2011). He presented his activities in Germany, Italy, United States, Czech Republic and France. He received the Grand Prix in the 9th Competition Eugeniusz Geppert (2009), in the same year he received a scholarship from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. Lives in Wrocław.

Sławomir Zbiok Czajkowski

Why did the artists choose the flower theme? First of all, nature, the motif of a plant, a flower, has been an unquestionable inspiration for artists for centuries. Biodiversity is a key issue for the survival of life on Earth in times of climate catastrophe and the problems of the Anthropocene. The motif of the flower or, more broadly, the plant has been chosen as a tribute to the biological complexity of our planet. 

In the visual arts, the flower is one of the most recurring motifs; flowers are not just representations of reality, but are many times attempts to describe the world in their own language. In flowers, apart from their obvious physical characteristics, a careful observer will notice a metaphor for human life. Beauty mingles with death, fragility with great endurance, in flowers we can find symbolism that moves us deeply.

Left: Opium poppy / Zbiok 2021| Right: Thistles (Osty), Zbiok 2021

Each higher organism is richer in information than a Caravaggio painting, a Bach fugue, or any other great work.

Edward Osborne Wilson, often called the “father of biodiversity”
Left: Tear catcher / Zbiok 2021 | Right: Diamonds&pearls / Zbiok 2021

The project was carried out as part of the Hyper Global / Hyper Local project by MakersXchange.Sound design for exhibition created by Clasps.