“Kylym. Contemporary Ukrainian Artists” in Lviv

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

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“Hip-Hop” by Apl315

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“Time to Run” by Oleksii Zolotariov

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“Landscape With Traces of Explosions” by Oleksiy Say

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“Landscape With Traces of Explosions” by Oleksiy Say, fragment

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“Defender of Cultural Phobia” by Andriy Sydorenko

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“Pastoral” by Anna Mironova

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“Match Point” by Anton Logov

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“Reward” by Anna Sokolova

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“Allegory I” by Artem Volokitin

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“Allegory I” by Artem Volokitin, fragment

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“Expulsion from Paradise” by Darya Koltsova

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“Expulsion from Paradise” by Darya Koltsova, fragment

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“Pomegranates” by Zoya Orlova

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“Pomegranates” by Zoya Orlova, fragment

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“Pomegranates” by Zoya Orlova, fragment

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“Carpet of Promises” by Roman Minin

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“Carpet of Promises” by Roman Minin, fragment

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“Surfaces” by Miroslav Vayda

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“Memory Constructor” by Nazar Bilyk

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“Memory Constructor” by Nazar Bilyk, fragment

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“Memory Constructor” by Nazar Bilyk

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“Elementary Manipulation” by Serhiy Petlyuk

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“Elementary Manipulation” by Serhiy Petlyuk, fragment

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“Stolen Flight” by Roman Mykhailov

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“Traditional Solution” by Tatyana Malynovska

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“Honey Plant” by Stepan Ryabchenko

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“Dead bees do not buzz” by Yuriy Pikul

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Olexiy Yalovega “Reality of reflections”, fragment

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“After the Landscape” by Kateryna Berlova

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Anton Logov “Match point”

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Roman Minin “Carpet of promises”

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Artem Volokitin “Allegory I”

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On the 26th of June in the biggest exposition space of Lviv, Lviv Art Palace, big scale all-Ukrainian project “Kylym. Contemporary Ukrainian Artists” was opened. The exhibition will remain until the 24 of July.

The main idea of the project is to unite traditional and contemporary art, bring the ethnic culture up to date and to enrich contemporary art with new “folk” meanings.

“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,” – says Igor Abramovych, co-curator of the project “Kylym. Contemporary Ukrainian Artists”.

For example, artist Darya Koltsova created the “Expulsion”, a panel of vintage carpets decorated with rifles. The artist was inspired by a poem by the star of contemporary Ukrainian literature Serhiy Zhadan. The work tells about a traumatic experience of coming of age as about a process of leaving the comfort zone, and also touches the current problem of refugees. A more positive approach is presented by Stepan Ryabchenko. Artist frpm Odessa works with unique “electronic painting”, he creates his works not with a brush on a canvas, but on a computer, and then transfers the image to an aluminum plate, paper, neon or ceramics. The exhibition features his work from a new series “Honey Plant”. The artist depicted imaginary flowers, which symbolize the joy of creative labor. Lviv artist Serhiy Petlyuk created a video installation “Elementary Manipulations”, compelling the viewer to meditate on the importance of common everyday trinkets. And Donetsk-born Roman Minin, currently living in Kharkiv, presented a panel with elements of video art, which tells about a grim life of coal miners and a troublesome situation in the country in general.

The project features 20 authors, with three joining up with the rest just in Lviv. They are restless experimenters Zoya Orlova and Anna Myronova, and also one of the most interesting Ukrainian street artists Apl315.

“A certain peculiarity of the project is that it was initially incepted as a travelling show. The exhibition was demonstrated in the Carpathians and now it moves to Lviv. Kharkiv is scheduled afterward. And in each city the project grows and transforms, as with the works of present members, so by including new authors,” – says co-curator of the project Oleksander Solovyov.

The project took off on the 8th of April in the village of Tatariv, Ivano-Frankivsk region, in the art space of Zenko Foundation on the premises of the hotel complex “Koruna”. The Carpathians were chosen as the taking off point for the project not by an accident: the main art space of Zenko Foundation is situated in Tatariv. It was also not an accident, that Lviv, not Kyiv, was a second city to host “Kylym”.

“Contemporary art must go beyond the boundaries of the capital city to become more accessible,” – states Zenko Aftanaziv, the initiator of the project and the founder of Zenko Foundation. The cultural decentralization – art escaping the boundaries of capitals – has been a whole-European trend for years now.

In October the “Kylym. Contemporary Ukrainian Artist” will be opened in Kharkiv’s “YermilovCentre”.

The curators of the project:

  • Igor Abramovych
  • Oleksander Solovyov

Partners:

  • General Media Partner – Forbes Ukraine,
  • the publishing partner of the project – ArtHuss Foundation,
  • project partner – Kyiv Academy of Media Arts.

Artists:

  • Apl315,
  • Kateryna Berlova,
  • Nazar Bilyk,
  • Miroslav Vayda,
  • Artem Volokitin,
  • Oleksii Zolotariov,
  • Darya Koltsova,
  • Anton Logov,
  • Tetyana Malynovska,
  • Roman Minin,
  • Anna Myronova,
  • Roman Mykhailov,
  • Zoya Orlova,
  • Serhiy Petlyuk,
  • Yuriy Pikul,
  • Stepan Ryabchenko,
  • Oleksiy Say,
  • Andriy Sydorenko,
  • Anna Sorokovaya,
  • Oleksiy Yalovega.

Artists, whose works are included in the exhibition:

Apl315

Kateryna Berlova

Nazar Bilyk

Miroslav Vayda

Artem Volokitin

Oleksii Zolotariov

Darya Koltsova

Anton Logov

Tetyana Malynovska

Roman Minin

Anna Myronova

Roman Mykhailov

Zoya Orlova

Serhiy Petlyuk

Yuriy Pikul

Stepan Ryabchenko

Oleksiy Say

Andriy Sydorenko

Anna Sorokovaya

Oleksiy Yalovega

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