On June 15, at the Center for Architecture, Design and Urbanism "Gunpowder Tower" the new exhibition project of the curator of the art center "Ya Gallery" Pavlo Gudimov "The Muses are not silent" will begin, where more than half a hundred authors from all over Ukraine will present art in real time, what has appeared during the war: from painting to object, from architecture to video.
The creative environment reacted particularly actively to Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The second front is the cultural front, which is not silent, experiences, gushes with ideas and has an active position. Through social networks and mass media, artists, designers, architects and representatives of other fields are demonstrating many new works reflecting on the war.
"No one could have predicted that culture in the conditions of war would turn out to be so fruitful and necessary. I could never have imagined that such a shortening of the distance between events and reflection would produce such strong material and capture me as a curator. This exhibition is not about war. It is about creativity during the war, courage, freedom and originality, which should be appreciated here and now", says exhibition curator Pavlo Gudimov.
Part of the project is the creation of an online platform where a larger number of works by the authors of the exhibition will be presented.
The project involves:
Volodymyr Budnikov, Zhanna Kadyrova, Vlada Ralko, Tiberiy Silvashi, Dmytro Moldovanov, Yaroslav Motyka, Albina Yaloza, Ihor Yanovych, Yuriy Denisenkov, Hanna Drul, Andriy Dudchenko, Iryna Kalenyk, Oleksandr Korol, Volodymyr Kostyrko, Rostyslav Koterlin, Anton Logov, Sadan Vague, Danylo Movchan, Volodymyr Semkiv, Denys Shymansky, AZA NIZI MAZA, Pictoric, balbek bureau, Hochu Raju, Re +, Drozdov and partners, Andriy Varenytsia, and others.
The parallel program of the project includes exhibitions in other spaces, discussions and meetings, lectures, concerts and film screenings.
The exhibition project will last until September 18.
Pavlo Gudimov Art Center "Ya Gallery"
Center of Architecture, Design and Urbanism "Gunpowder Tower"
Curator, author of ideas and texts: Pavlo Gudimov
Commissioner: Bohdan Goy
Management: Anna Godun
Design: Kateryna Bolshakova
Communications: Svitlana Velehan
Gunpowder Tower team: Angelina Yefimenko, Nazar Tsedulyak
Editor: Anna-Maria Volosatska
Photographer: Roman Shyshak
Video editing: Khrystyna Silivon
Animation: Anastasia Shergina
Curator of the music program: Olga Lozynska
Curator of the film program: Yuliya Sinkevych
Project partners: Lviv City Council, Lviv Union of Architects
Patron of the project: Olena Vovk
Facilitation and support: Volodymyr Yosypchuk, Mark Savytskyi, Iryna Prima, Liliya Onyshchenko-Shvets, Oksana Tkachuk, Oleksandr Vendzylovych, Ihor Kovalyk, Andriy Varenytsia, Maksym Yasinskyi, Mykola Sheremeta, "Archclub LOONSAU", DK "ABDANK", "A7 HAB" , AVR development, Varenycia Manufacture, "Garage Vintage", Business center "Promyslovy".
Information partners: Lux FM Lviv, 24 Canal, zahid.net, hromadske.ua, Holding of emotions !FEST, Western Ukrainian architectural portal, "PRIMA Interior" magazine
The muses are not silent
These symbolic words honestly demonstrate the process of creating culture in real time. The expression contradicts the original interpretation, where the muses are supposed to be silent when the cannons are fired. Logic, law or predictability are not about us. No one could predict that culture in the conditions of war would turn out to be so fruitful and necessary. I could never have imagined that such a shortening of the distance between events and reflection would produce such strong material and capture me as a curator. This exhibition is not about war. It is about creativity in wartime, courage, freedom and originality, which should be known and appreciated here and now. Most of the fabrications and distortions spread by humanity have always arisen around history. It was rewritten, changed and will continue to be done so by almost all states and regimes. But today we are witnessing the apogee of historical lies, which were hidden behind various readings (and now are mostly not hidden at all) and which reverberate around the current war. Russia and its copywriters try to justify their actions with pseudo-historical speeches and theories. Lies and propaganda became the driving force of the aggressor. When there are no ideas, the enemy can lie and invent them just as badly and illogically, twistedly and absurdly - sometimes they believe this. So we understood what everything would lead to, but we couldn't believe it and didn't want to. The templates that have been planted in our heads for generations should not have given an iota of doubt that such a scenario was possible. I called it unexpected / predictable. However, these reflections have evidence in another discipline - art. Rarely was art not part of the political process. The war pushed the whole country and all Ukrainians to the wall. And holding back, not having a position or hesitating is no longer possible. Creative people are always nervous. Their experiences are always part of the creative process. Digesting the trouble, they treat themselves and society with special recipes and procedures. It is the artists, architects, designers, musicians and poets with writers who are formulating the answer, without which this war would not be a chance to reboot the world, but an ordinary carnage, now of a hybrid type. Such a fundamental word "Culture" is what we are fighting for. It is she who gives us the opportunity to get out of the swamp of the past, and it is Culture that unites us and creates a portrait of a proud and complex country. It is Culture that is the high-tech weapon without which victory is not victory. This war showed an incredible elevation of culture and responsibility. Lies and rejection of freedom, changing concepts and vile propaganda are traditionally false values offered to us by our neighbor, without understanding anything about us and our culture. Historical examples on this wall are just a few accents, which are déjà vu: when we are helped to liberate ourselves, when a dictator is always aggressive and stupid, when there is no faith in promises, when the horrors of war are the most terrible animal atrocity that manifests itself in all eras. And what is the era today? Is the medieval or post-truth period over? Is it possible that our hundred or three-hundred-year war continues with pauses for air? It is important to recognize that we are still on the way to ourselves. And any victory is hard work before and after. Victory is not a parade on the square, it is in the middle, it is deep, it is near the very heart, next to the soul, it is where culture is like a living source, like wings without which we will not make it, like oxygen without which we are doomed. I'm inspired by all the strong creative expressions we've tried to fit into Gunpowder Tower. I appreciate every expressive and timely gesture, I see the drive of a strong impulse. Culture burns, and boils, and throws out protuberances that can change the world and us in it. This exhibition is not about war, but about creativity as a special lifeline that talented people give us. This selection is about different, appropriate, necessary, resounding and sharp. Have a deep viewing! Glory to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which provide an opportunity during the war to create and openly demonstrate it.
Curator Pavlo Gudimov