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Inga Esterkina: “Kylym. Contemporary Ukrainian Artists”. From past to the future

10 June 2016

…Observing from the balcony of an elegant chalet, strategically situated on the premises of the hotel complex “Koruna”, as the clouds are slowly getting over the conic (the imagination plants on a suggestion – like woman’s breasts) mountains, you realize: the time has stopped and no longer goes anywhere. This is the place, where the time fell in love with the space, with a firm decision to stay for good here, at the bottom of the transparent glass of clear air. The only one in rush here is the Prut river, hopping over the stones as it runs away from the Hoverla, whose snowy peak is hovering nearby, behind the nearest mountains, like a seagull over the sea; the river rushes to the plains where it transforms from a turbulent stream to a slow dignified river, to run along with the Danube into the Black Sea. In a word, into the Europe.

“Kylym. Contemporary Ukrainian Artists”, fragment of the exposition

An intro like that does not seem to be necessary to tell about a new project, situated here, at the “Koruna”, in the contemporary art space of the Zenko Foundation. Although, how else could you convey the tranquility, the mood in which the artists were creating each their own – and then one huge common – project “Kylym. Contemporary Ukrainian Artists”.  

Truly, the Carpathians are a perfect place to “unite traditional and contemporary art, bring the ethnic culture up to date, and enrich the actual art with “folk” notions”, to demonstrate that a strong tradition is a great platform for a voyage into the future.


“Kylym. Contemporary Ukrainian Artists”, fragment of the exposition

Here’s what the co-curator Ihor Abramovych has to say about the project: “Alike to a woven carpet bearing symbols of various notional content, and having two sides – front and back, contemporary art represents different components of the reality – aesthetic and notional, positive and negative, front and back. The always timely themes of life and death, the volatility of human fate, encoded in the decorations of the carpet, are especially sharp today, during the current dramatic events of the existence of our country”.


“Kylym. Contemporary Ukrainian Artists”, fragment of the exposition

Painting, sculpture, installations and video art from the most promising Ukrainian artists, known not only inside Ukraine, but also abroad – Yekaterina Berlova, Nazar Bilyk, Myroslav Vayda, Artem Volokitin, Olexiy Zolotaryov, Dariya Koltsova, Anton Logov, Tatyana Malynovska, Roman Minin, Roman Mykhailov, Serhiy Petlyuk, Yunriy Pikul, Stepan Ryabchenko, Olexiy Say, Andriy Sydorenko, Anna Sorokova, Olexiy Yaloveha – can be seen under the welcoming roof of the Zenko Foundation (Tatariv, Ivano-Frankivsk region) until the 15th of June. After that, “Kylym. Contemporary Ukrainian Artists” will head to Lviv, where it will reopen in partnership with the “Lviv Palace of Arts”, then Kyiv, where it will be exhibited at the “Mystetsky Arsenal”, and finally – Kharkiv, where the project will be opened with the support from the “YermilovCentre”.


“Kylym. Contemporary Ukrainian Artists”, fragment of the exposition

What awaits the aficionados of contemporary art? “Gathered by the idea of the project, its expressive concept, the individual statements of Ukrainian artists, very dissimilar to each other with their content and style, form a surprisingly wholesome “woven canvas”, a many-sided and multi-dimensional “Carpet”, - says Alexander Solovyov, the co-curator of the project.


“Kylym. Contemporary Ukrainian Artists”, fragment of the exposition

In their ruling, the initiators of the project used the ideas of the decentralization, close to “Biruchy”: “Contemporary art must go beyond the boundaries of the capital city to become more accessible”, - assures Zenko Aftanaziv, the initiator of the project and the founder of Zenko Foundation.

“Kylym. Contemporary Ukrainian Artists”, fragment of the exposition

 


“Kylym. Contemporary Ukrainian Artists”, fragment of the exposition