Dymchuk Gallery, Kyiv UA
The International Coalition of cultural workers in solidarity with Ukraine
Dymchuk Gallery in cooperation with our platform presents an exhibition of video works from the platform's collection. The exhibition will be open to the public from January 20 through March 3, 2023, on Thursdays and Fridays from 3 p.m. till 7 p.m. as well as on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. till 7 p.m.
The event at the Dymchuk Gallery is the first presentation of the platform's activity in Ukraine. A special screening programme at the Dymchuk Gallery will feature 8 video works focusing on the war in Eastern Ukraine, which began in 2014. The exhibition presents the works of Zoya Laktionova, Ahmet Öğüt, Iaroslav Pobezhan, Hito Steyerl, Maria Stoianova, Theta Tsybulnyk and Elias Parvulesco, Clemens V. Wedemeyer, and fantastic little splash.
The war destroys the established regimes of stability; the situation of inhuman shelling, total dehumanization and destruction of Ukraine's energy system leads to a feeling of hopelessness, confusion and internal burnout. The exhibition attempts to create possibilities of withstanding the internal fading and resistance by the means of contemporary art. It suggests finding the inner reliance and turning a light — both in the daily physical meaning of this word, and in the sense of searching for opportunities for the future. The selected works provide an opportunity to look at us today through the prism of the bloody and traumatic events of the war, as well as in a historical perspective.
Carried out in cooperation with the Dymchuk Gallery and the International Coalition, this special show unites artistic, social and humanitarian components. During the blackouts, the gallery continues to operate. Notwithstanding the horrible circumstances, the gallery is being transformed into a meeting point and a place that encourages communication and interaction. Even during the blackouts, viewers are welcome to visit the gallery as a place of unity, where they can charge their phones, use wi-fi, have hot tea, watch contemporary art and just chat.