Photo Pinchuk Art Centre
The minimalist installation by Anton Karyuk is dedicated to the topic of safety of LGBTQ+ community members in the public space. After each pride participants, afraid of violent incidents try to leave the city center by jumping into a subway car. In these situations, the presence or absence of a subway token in your pocket determines how quickly you'll be able to leave the dangerous place. The subway token in cast silver embodies the preciousness of personal safety and opposes the violence and hatred against the LGBTQ+ community. As an analogy to the gradually changing and modernizing system of payment in the Kyiv Metro System, the artist speaks about changes in the society, which must find new means of communication, alternative to the language of violence.
Pinchuk Art Centre. Kyiv, Ukraine. 2020.