Art Arsenal opens the exhibition of modern Ukrainian art “Forms of Presence”

On April 20, Art Arsenal opens the exhibition of modern Ukrainian art “Forms of Presence”, which is an attempt to collect observations and conversations about the experiences of Ukrainian artists during the year of full-scale war. It was curated by Oleksandr Solovyov and Natasha Chichasova, according to the event’s Facebook page.

From April 20 to July 30, 2023, visitors will see the works of Ukrainian artists Yury Bolsa, Andriy Denysenko, Anastasia Dytso and Sasha Roshen, Anton Karyuk, Yana Kononova, Olena Kurzel, Maxim Mazur, Daria Molokoyedova, Daniil Nemyrovsky, Karina Sinytsia, Leo Trotsenko, Tamara Turlyun, Sana Shakhmuradova-Tanska, Vitaly Yankovo, Three exercises in realism, commercial, public art and Svetlanka Konoplyova, Open place.

This exhibition is an attempt to bring together yearly observations and conversations about the experiences and feelings that Ukrainian artists have had and the practices they have used since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion. Speaking became both a method of research and a practice of care that helped connect the shreds of reality giving them a certain form. As we talked, we often returned to childhood as a place of comfort and a tool for overcoming fear; to family history, family ties and mutual assistance; we discussed how the material one works with becomes a reflection of the fragility of life; we talked about how everyday things were rediscovered. In the exhibition space, each of the creators is present not only through their artworks but also through their personal stories, which allows a broader understanding of the conditions in which these artworks were made possible. In them, the presence of war is felt through the materials: torn paper, concrete, embroidery on fabric or a plastic bag, a house made of sand and glass, crumbs of earth and raw wood. All of these are ways of the war’s presence and acts of defiance against injustice and violence, through which life pulsates as opposed to the void of absence,” – write Art Arsenal.

Working hours: Wednesday-Sunday, from 12:00 to 20:00. On the opening day, April 20, the exhibition will be open from 16:00 to 20:00.

The exhibition was created in partnership with Art Arsenal Community NGO as part of the project supported by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine. The views of the authors do not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Government.

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