LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
DATE OF BIRTH
Being originated from the Eastern part of Ukraine, since 2014 my whole family find itself in the epicenter of the political and military conflict. The uncertain geopolitical situation of my homeland as well as the loss of my origins pushed me to rethink the role of the cultural heritage in the formation of the local histories and its political regimes.
The whole body of my works is linked to my homeland, its history, culture and war. The previous series of 2017-2019 explore the relationship between politics and landscape, projecting a social trauma into perceptive shape as a result of both freedom and conditioning.
The most recent works (presented for the competition) continue to develop the subject of uprooting and loss, but in the perspective of retracing the cultural path of the history and questioning the process of evolving and undoing of the national identity. In my installations I test the limit between sculpture and design. Every wreath and mask can be worn apart from the installation's assembly and thus became a part of a different identity-making process.
By regenerating the most iconic symbols from the different parts of the Ukrainian history I reclaim, transform, and reconstruct their formal and common sense. The fusion of those emblematic images with domestic items, addresses the fundamental conflict between individuality and commonality in the cultural identity formation. Each piece carries subjective emotional references, but once integrated in the installation?s context it emerges as a transcendent symbol and dissociates itself from any subjective object-relatedness.
WHO I AM
I am an Ukranian artist working with a subject of the cultural identity through its material history
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