"Spaces" of Ukraine is about us in the language of visual art.
When we started preparing the exhibition at the invitation of the Arka Gallery and discussed the list of artists, I decided not to separate the artists, but to provoke an interaction of the artworks by shuffling them in the space. The exhibition presents artists from different geographies and media, showing us as different and at the same time monolithic. In times of war, everything changes its context. For example, the wooden sculptures from the series "Ten Figures" by Mykola Malyshko, which disintegrate, fall apart into body parts, today the audience perceives more acutely than before the war. Or Pavlo Makov's graphic letters of the early 2000s, where a Soviet tin soldier attacks the Pentagon or the "Fountain of Exhaustion" object, which this year represents Ukraine in the national pavilion of the Venice Biennale. Or Dmytro Moldovanov's naive painting with images of people and animals on the verge of conflict, attack, sacrifice. Where there is a brown bear, which is traditionally associated with Russia. The abstract art gesture of the "Form" project by Ihor Yanovych is close to the brutal gesture of the surrounding events. Andriy Sahaydakovskyy - on tortured, murdered mats, who calls us to personal harmony and reflection. "Am Rande der Welt" - the end of the earth or the world with the familiar smoke above the horizon. How could this happen before the war? Where do such coincidences and predictions come from? Did we make it all up? Did you feel it? Do we just look where we can find it?
Spaces are about the limitlessness of creativity, it is about strength of spirit, it is about the strong voice of art at a time when it should be loud.
Glory to Ukraine!
curator, Pavlo Gudimov
Organizers: Ya Gallery, Union of Lithuanian Artists, Arka Gallery.
Curator: Pavlo Gudimov
Project's coordinators: Eglė Ganda Bogdanienė, Evelina Januškaitė.
Management: Yurii Horpynych, Anna Godun, Monika Valatkaitė.
Texts: Pavlo Gudimov, Natalia Tulina-Marunyak.
Design and post-production: Lukas Stanionis, Andrius Grigalaitis.
Partners: Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Ukraine, Lithuanian Institute of Culture.