Aurum of the Place - Ukrainian contemporary art exhibition opens in the Carpathians

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Work by Oleksa Furdiiak

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Work by Rostyslav Koterlin

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Work by Yevgen Ravskyi

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Work by Oleg Tistol

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Work by Volodymyr Kostyrko

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“Aurum of the Place”, fragment of the exposition

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“Aurum of the Place”, fragment of the exposition

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“Aurum of the Place”, fragment of the exposition

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“Aurum of the Place”, fragment of the exposition

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“Aurum of the Place”, fragment of the exposition

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“And where are you? Mobile Communication” by Andrii Sagaidakovskyi

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“Crimea” by Igor Gusev

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“Tennis” by Igor Gusev

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“Transformation” by Natalka Shymin

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“Aurum of the Place”, fragment of the exposition

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“Portrait” by Nazar Bilyk

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“A night way home” by Oleksii Borysov

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“My Sea” by Oleksii Borysov

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“Practicing poeta” by Olexa Furdiyak

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“Untitled” by Olexandr Roitburd

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“Shelter. Landscape” by Pavlo Makov

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“Nightingale” by Ruslan Tremba

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“Kalina Krasnaya” by Vasyl Tsagolov

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“Ukraine XX century” by Yurii Solomko

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Aurum of the Place is a new project of Ukrainian contemporary art that opens in Zenko Foundation art space in Tatariv, May 5. The exhibition is on view for the whole summer. The entrance is free.

Participants: Kyiv – Nazar Bilyk, Natsprom (Mykola Matsenko and Oleg Tistol), Yurii Solomko, Vasyl Tsagolov. Odesa – Igor Gusev and Oleksandr Roitburd. Kharkiv – Oleksii Borysov, Pavlo Makov. Lviv – Vlodko Kaufman, Volodymyr Kostyrko, Yevgen Ravskyi, Andrii Sagaidakovskyi, Natalka Shymin. Ivano-Frankivsk – Vitalik Kovalenko, Oleksa Furdiiak and Rostyslav Koterlin. Uzhgorod – Ruslan Tremba.

The concept of the exhibition shows how artistic practices react today to remarkably rapid changes in the system of values, economic freedom or social pressure, changes in traditional cultures and fetishization of mass culture.

Aurum – gold – witnessed the emergence and failure of great civilizations, it was the reason for numerous wars and tragic betrayals, horrible crimes and punishments – but also brought beauty. This metal attracts most people just like the twinkling of faraway stars does.

In the globalized world of mass migrations and escapes, people are searching for protected, replete, and wealthy life with the illusion of bright future. Success is in fashion: we are urged to take all at once, here and now. The issue is only about searching for a better place. And it is evident that in the choice of places those where yellow metal dominates are in the most favorable position, regardless of aura. The wish to become “rich and independent,” and therefore “happy and free” in the young years prevails everywhere because freedom does not hinder. This is especially true for artists.
Places and things acquire value by the degree of advertising attractiveness and therefore desirability. What is it that we love “our” place, city, country or planet for? Is it convenient? Comfortable? Beautiful? Wealthy?

These questions are raised in the new project of the Ivano-Frankivsk curator Anatoliy Zvizhynsky. The exhibition organizer is a contemporary art gallery Zenko Gallery.

Anatoliy Zvizhynsky about the project:
Similarly to places changing their geology and contours with the passing of time, words are also subject to semantic wear; they change their sounding and meaning in other languages. For example, the old Greek lexeme aura (influence) got transferred to the Latin language as aurum (gold).

Places, just like people, can attract or push away: it is all about the aura. What is the current coming from a person or a place? Does it look like a soft golden light or is it closer to obscurity and oblivion? But there is also aurum, a chemical element under No. 79, which historically played and still plays a major role in economies, cultures, and civilizations. This is the metal sent by the stars to planet Earth from space. A yellowish metal which witnessed the emergence and failure of great civilizations, it was the reason for numerous wars and tragic betrayals, horrible crimes and punishments – but also brought beauty. This metal attracts most people just like the twinkling of faraway stars does.

Every person born into this world becomes dependent and attached interacting with a particular area, place, culture – in short, everything forming mentality. But does the place still play this essential role for those who live there or somewhere else? Does it still form the landscape of thinking styles and the psychology of world perception? Does it develop taste buds, impulsiveness, and sensuality?

Once, geography and location shaped religious philosophy and behavioral norms. But are there still many places today where conflicts and neuroses disappear, and harmony is more critical than artistic intentions? These are the places where cosmogony takes over a human; where the natural beauty and power of the planet are undoubtedly more powerful than any human phobias, philias, or economic activities.

In spite of contemporary kaleidoscope of permanent changes, the traditional source and instrument of creation is human ego and money, the symbol of wealth (a classical equivalent of oil, gas, precious metals, etc.). Money remains the measure of engagement “in the process,” which is even now more similar to the unconventional parade. But with more or less official reserve available in these or those places a human is constantly on the search of “own” place anyway. Such places might have aurum and at the same time be free from the price of precious metals – i.e., they can be invaluable. These are the places where natural freedom merges with the freedom of human creativity.

Project participants:

Natsprom (Oleg Tistol and Mykola Matsenko)

Vasyl Tsagolov

Yurii Solomko

Nazar Bilyk

Oleksandr Roitburd

Igor Gusev

Pavlo Makov

Oleksii Borysov

Yevgen Ravskyi

Volodymyr Kostyrko

Andrii Sagaidakovskyi

Vlodko Kaufman

Natalka Shymin

Vitalik Kovalenko

Oleksa Furdiiak

Rostyslav Koterlin

Ruslan Tremba

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