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Hi-Resolution: Ukrainian Culture and Contemporary Art Now!
About the exhibition
The resolve of Ukrainian artists fighting to keep, make, and perpetuate Ukrainian culture is unwavering. This collaborative project brings the presence of 38 Ukrainian artists (late 1980s–2022) to New York audiences through projections, along with an array of posters made in the past several months, and a concise selection of key historical works on paper.
The sheer abundance of artistic creation in the past three decades is exhibited as an environment of projections for the viewer to walk amidst. Conjuring the artworks as projections points out the real danger of the erasure and loss of this cultural production because of Russia’s war of aggression.
Since the war escalated last spring, Ukrainian artists have indefatigably produced scores of posters. During the exhibition, a selection is visible to holiday passersby along Fifth Avenue.
In addition, a special selection of historical works includes colorful drawing by dissident artist from the Sixtiers movement Alla Horska (1929–1970), and Fedir Tetyanych’s (1942–2007) fantastical renderings for technological inventions for the future inspired by science-fiction literature, cybernetics, and natural environmental processes fused into his own version of rural cosmism. These historical works on paper will rotate during the exhibition.
Every day Ukrainians act on their resolution to defend and keep Ukrainian culture flourishing, creating with every step the mutual support, social structures and art that make their culture prosperous and strong.
Guardian article about Oleksiy Sai
If you would like to make a donation directly to the people of Ukraine for heat and warm clothing this winter you can do so here.
For further resources, please check this list compiled by BU Students and Faculty in Support of Ukraine | Center for the Study of Europe.
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This collaborative project was created and curated by Oleksiy Sai, Tetiana Khodakivska, Nikita Kadan, Ksenia Malykh, Katherine Carl, and Inga Lāce (C-MAP Central and Eastern Europe Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art) over the past ten months.
Exhibition production and preparation from Chris Lowery, LanningSmith, Whitney Evanson, and Lauren Rosenblum. Special thanks to Lizaveta German, Pavlo Tretiakov, Maria Lanko at Naked Room, Kyiv; Tetiana Khodakivska; Yuri Kostvenko; Natalia Sielewicz, Agnieszka Tarasiuk, Joanna Mytkowska, Adam Gut, Joanna DziewanowskaStefańczyk at the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Bohdan Tetyanych-Bublyk; and Kateryna Lazarevych at Research Platform PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv for their dedication to the project. Thanks to program partners Ukrainian Institute, New York; Polish Cultural Institute, New York.