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Exhibition in Ivano-Frankivsk: Maryna Skugareva

27 February 2018

On January 24 CHECH, a new art gallery in Ivano-Frankivsk, opens an exhibition of works from Zenko Foundation collection. The exhibition gathered works of well-known Ukrainian contemporary artists: Arsen Savadov, Oleksandr Roytburd, Vasyl Tsagolov, Oleg Tistol, Maryna Skugareva, Vinni Reunov, and Viktor Sidorenko.

Exhibition curator Anatoliy Zvizhynsky about the creative practice of Maryna Skugareva:

Maryna Skugareva (1962, Kyiv) is a Ukrainian artist, a representative of “new Ukrainian wave.” In 1982-1988 she studied in Lviv State Institute of Decorative and Applied Arts at the Department of Creative Textiles. In 1988, she married Oleg Tistol, also an artist, and went to Moscow together with her husband and artists Kostyantyn “Vinni” Retunov and Yana Bystrova. There, they worked and lived in Furmannyi Lane squat, and later in Tryokhprudny Lane squat where a well-known Tryokhprudny Lane Gallery was located, founded by Kostyantyn Reunov and Avdey Ter-Oganyan.

Marina Skugareva Still Life

In May 1992 Maryna Skugareva and Oleg Tistol obtained scholarships from Christoph Merian Stiftung and went to Basel for cultural exchange; they lived there until 1993. They held several exhibitions in the city together with Giya Dzhaparidze and Andre Clements; besides, Maryna made friends with Suzette Beck, Ronald Wuthrich, and Ilse Ermen, transforming them into characters of her works. Since 1993, Maryna Skugareva has lived and worked in Kyiv. Since the mid-1990s, Maryna Skugareva has worked on The Tables, a project of still-life paintings. These are elongated canvases horizontally cut with stretches of half-empty tables over which portraits of characters are hung on an imaginary wall. The artist transforms these works into a clash of several realities: real interior where the picture hangs as if continuing in itself, and the objects portrayed in the painting also transform into real things, so glasses and chairs become even more real than portraits here.