Abstraction

Friendship of Nations

Installation
Enamel on mirror

The project is an allusion to the infamous monument in Kyiv "Arch of Friendship of Nations".

Recently, the arch has acquired many symbolic referencies:
- Post-Soviet reflections.
- a symbol of the struggle for human rights, in particular the LGBT+ movement in the country.
- the emergence of radical nationalist movements in Ukraine.

The opening of the architectural comlex took place in 1982 and was timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the formation of the USSR.

In the framework of the Law on Decommunization of Ukraine adopted in 2016, it was decided to dismantle the Arch of Friendship of Nations. But at the end of 2017 the authorities decided not to demolish the Arch, since this would have costed a substantial amount of money.

Besides during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 the Arch should have been painted in rainbow colors, supporting the slogan of the contest "Celebrating Diversity". However, the process of painting was interrupted by the right wing of the Parliament. As a result, during the competition the arch was half painted.

In the end the colored stripes were repainted gray under the pressure of nationalists. A photography of the half-painted arch became one of the main symbols of the fight for the rights of LGBT+ community.

The installation is a mirror arch hanged in the air. One side of the double-sided mirrors is left untouched, thus disappearing in space, leaving its viewers alone with themselves in the void. From the other side the arch is a play of illusions through abstract color combinations. The viewers choose not only from witch angle to consider the physical object itself, but also a point of view on the problems faced by the Ukrainian society.

2018




Concerto No. 1 for piano and orchestra in B-flat minor

Video

The work "Concerto No.1 for piano and orchestra in B-flat minor" is a symbolic "anthem" to the absurd situation in Ukraine in regards to the struggle for human rights, in particular concerning discrimination based on sexual orientation. The video consists of nine segments of interviews and public speeches of politicians, activists and researchers promoting ultra-conservative developments in modern Ukraine against the background of common aspirations for European values, using the hate speeches and ridiculous statements.

Absurdity is highlighted by the importance of governmental positions, occupied by protagonists, providing their personal beliefs as if it was the public opinion.

Ganna Turchinova
(Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Associate Professor. Head of the Department of Foreign Languages of Mikhail Drahomanov National Pedagogical University. Wife of the former Acting President of Ukraine, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council.)

Adrian Bukovinsky
(Candidate in Philosophy. Family Policy and Family Relations Expert. President of the All-Ukrainian Charitable Foundation Family.)

Illya Kyva
(Chairman of the Socialist Party of Ukraine. Advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.)

Oleg Barna
(Member of Parliament of Ukraine.)

Yuri Miroshnichenko
(Member of Parliament of Ukraine.)

Yevgeny Muraev
(Member of Parliament of Ukraine.)

Ruslan Kukharchuk
(Journalist.)

Konstantin Vasilets
(Deputy Head of the Odesa Regional Organization Svoboda.)

Volodymyr Groisman
(Prime Minister of Ukraine.)

The music use for the work is performed by one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, Svyatoslav Richter, the receiver of numerous awards, including the Grammy Award (he was the first of Soviet musicians to receive it). The Ukrainian pianist was fictitiously married in order to avoid attention from the authorities pursuing homosexuals. The video is named after the performed concert.

Svyatoslav Richter and the Viennese Symphony Orchestra:

Pyotr Tchaikovsky - Concerto No. 1 for piano and orchestra in B-flat minor, op. 23.

2018



Nice to meet you

Enamel on mirror

The world of modern media gives evidences of availability of public information for every user. But over time, private sites and dating applications of  the virtual world started to input a paid option to view questionnaires, blurring the main photo into an abstract color spot that visually resembles a person's aura. So what is the power of modern virtual space in, if not in accessibility? The project is a installations inspired from resources for dating and questionnaires.

2018




33 Solitudes

Oil on canvas

On the principle of personal feelings of the artist and the world of research psychologists, the concept of "Solitude" can be divided into 33 components, which were called oil canvases :

1. Fatality
2 . Rootlessness
3 . True freedom
4 . Apathy
5 . Knowledge
6. Communication with God
7. Reclusion
8. Intuition
9. Anxiety
10 . Feeling
11. Anger
12. Reflection
13. Lack of harmony
14. Fear
15. Monotony
16. Self-torture
17. Last responsibility
18. Suicide
19. Observation
20. Concentration
21. Isolation
22. Innocence
23. Alienation
24. Finis
25. Anguish
26. Loss
27. Frustration
28. Nostalgia
29. Despair
30. Stressful event
31. Self-identification
32. Individuality
33. Dependence

Changes taking place in the modern post-Soviet society led to the destruction of traditional values , drop the idea of objective reasonableness that regulators contributed to the loss of human contact . Crises are many aspects of life ( social, economic ) exacerbated the issue of independence, led by developing individual personality choice of priorities in life . Radical renewal of values and norms , the transition to a fundamentally different ideas about the proper and correct , to the new standards of behavior , forming new habits and traditions takes place mainly at the stage of basic socialization of new generations. As is known , the difficulty of this stage of social development is that there was a "gap" spiritual values of past and present generations.

Loneliness can not be completely reduced to feeling, because there are other components. It is fair to say that loneliness - is a complex psychological phenomenons , which includes a sense of isolation , understanding that you're isolated , and the formation of certain goals based on this understanding. That is loneliness - it is not easy to compose some reasons , it is itself a regulator of behavior appears to cause new phenomena.

2015





Portraits

Pastel on paper

"Nowadays the perception of the portrait has acquired a completely different meaning, where feelings and emotions come to the fore, reflected only in pure color".

2017



Who is normal?

Enamel on paper

2018

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