Ukrainian Art Between Revolution and Hybrid War

October 24, 2014 - January 18, 2015

Opening reception: October 24, 6-9pm

“Long Path to Freedom” is a special exhibition presented by the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art that documents and reflects upon the activism, unrest and trauma experienced during recent ongoing political crisis surrounding the Ukrainian revolution: A period widely considered the country’s most tumultuous since achieving independence in 1991.

“Long Path to Freedom” includes three curated components featuring work by Ukrainian artists across digital, graphic and photographic mediums. ‘The Breath of Maidan’ captures the unique spirit of the protest movement of Winter 2013-14 on Kiev’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square); the epicenter for activism and subsequent violence. ‘Vision of Trauma’ accounts the devastation caused by the separatist movement and resulting war with photographic images of displaced citizens and volunteer military. The final component, an installation, emulates “Mystetsky Barbakan,” an improvised gallery of digital prints created by artists that functioned on the barricades in Kiev in Winter 2013-14.

Participating artists: Alexander Chekmenev, Oksana Chepelyk, Roman Gromov, Dariya Koltsova, Olexa Mann, Roman Mykhayluk, Anastasiya Nekypela, Maria Pavlenko, Vlada Ralko, Stepan Riabchenko, Ivan Semesiuk, Nikita Shalennyi, Andriy Sydorenko, Mykyta Zavilinsky.

Curated by Alisa Lozhkina and Andriy Sydorenko

Alisa Lozhkina art critic and curator, deputy director of one of the major Ukrainian art institutions – Mystetsky Arsenal and editor in chief of ART UKRAINE magazine. Studied at Kyiv Mohyla Academy (Kyiv, Ukraine) and Higher Courses for Scriptwriters and Film Directors (Moscow, Russia). Works and lives in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Andriy Sydorenko artist, researcher and curator in Modern Art Research Institute of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine. Born in 1983 in Kharkiv, lives and works in Kiev, Ukraine. Studied at National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, Kiev, Ukraine.

Opening of the exhibit Flickr