Chornobyl: Artists Respond

Exhibition is traveling to New York

April 7 – 30, 2017

On the occasion of the Chornobyl (Chernobyl) disaster’s thirtieth anniversary in 2016, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA) in Chicago commissioned a fine art print portfolio and accompanying exhibition titled “Chornobyl: Artists Respond.” On thirty-first anniversary, this exhibition is traveling to The Ukrainian Institute of America (UIA) in New York.
The UIMA invited thirty Chicago-based artists to participate in the project — each artist to create an original print in an edition of forty. The prints shown in this exhibition reflect a long history and tradition of utilizing the graphic arts to reflect and communicate socio-political messages and issues of historical and contemporary importance. Coming from diverse cultural, ethnic and social backgrounds, the artists commissioned were challenged to address the project deliberating on their personal and global observations and judgements, with subsequent interpretation of the Chornobyl disaster. The resulting artworks illustrate a range of motifs and themes, from scenes of the Chornobyl plant accident site and its immediate aftermath, to commentary on its current state and weighty correlation to other worldwide nuclear risks and accidents.

The artists’ viewpoints are as varied as the means they employed in the execution of their prints, from traditional relief, intaglio, lithographic, and screenprint techniques, to methods of additive coloring and material applications. While the exhibition and the portfolio are composed of a multitude of unique voices and perspectives, they are all united in a collective tribute. Though the Chornobyl accident occurred 31 years ago, what’s demonstrably clear is that the disaster and its memory are just as potent today as the time of the catastrophic accident.
The Chornobyl: Artists Respond portfolio was published by Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in an edition of 40. Each portfolio contains 30 original prints by 30 artists. All works in the portfolio were printed by the artists in 2015 on Revere Silk fine art paper, signed and numbered. Each sheet measures 15 x 11 inches.

A fully-illustrated catalog was designed and produced by UIMA in conjunction with this exhibition.


More info – HERE

Exhibit April 7 – 30, 2017
Opening reception Friday April 7, 6-8pm.

Ukrainian Institute of America
2 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075
Tel.: 212-288-8660