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Within the framework of the annual festival “Days of Ukraine in the UK”, which is held by the Firtash Foundation, in the London gallery Saatchi for the second time the official opening of the exhibition of contemporary Ukrainian art.

The exhibition “Foreboding: Ukrainian Art Today” brought together more than 30 artists, many of whom are exhibited in a foreign gallery for the first time. Therefore, the first thing about the exhibition and the desired topic I wanted to hear the opinion of artists.

We are in a different dimension, starting with prices and continuing with the mental scales that people think. It seems that expositionally they are also in a different dimension – they have more space, they freely play with it. I feel comfortable.

I have been living about foreboding for six years now, as can be seen from my works “Dreams about the War”, which I have been doing since 2011, in the works “Miner Folklore” – there was also a lot about the war. But these works then were a premonition of war – now I live in a premonition of peace. I want him.

In your opinion, what is the role of the artist in the situation that has developed in our country?

Not to be the mouthpiece of someone’s ideology, not to be a decoration of someone’s party, but to think with your own head, to think carefully and objectively. Be the third shore. The task is to do what it should. Because when Ukraine has to stop and catch its breath after everything that happens, then, having looked around, we will understand that during this time the cultural layer still grew.

The theme of foreboding turned out to be close and understandable to many participants, including Zhanna Kadyrova, Tiberiy Silvashi, GAZ group, Yuri Solomko, Artem Volokitin, Alexander Zhivotkov, Nikita Kadan, Pavel Kerestey, Anton Logov, Pavel Makov, Maxim Mamsikov, Nikolai Matsenko and others.

The works were selected from existing and presented earlier.

Maria Kulikovskaya, for example, was represented by the work that she created back in 2012 for the project “Love Ukraine”. In her opinion, this work has acquired new relevant meanings today:

Maria Kulikovskaya:

The first time I did this job, when everyone was zealously preparing for Euro 2012. This is a naked reflection on hasty breaking roads, covering holes, licking holes. Such flesh is alive but torn.

In the context of what is happening today with my homeland, Crimea, this work sounded a new way.
The main difference between the current exhibition in Saatchi from last year was that it was built under the clear guidance of the curator and executive director of Saatchi Gallery Nigel Hurst, but not without the participation of Ukrainian co-curators – Igor Abramovich, Alexander Solovyov, Marina Shcherbenko, Andrey Sidorenko.

Andriy Sidorenko on the role of the co-curator of the exhibition:

We drove artists, prepared materials, praised participants.

Ale residual rishhennya – hto the very same works of submission – having taken Nigel Hurst. Far from everything came to you. For example, I’m 16 authors, like I’ve spoken, I’ve been robbing me of 20. I will expose me all the time I will.

Mauger, she overlooked a desperately oversaturated, but all the same, the same harmonious and European. Good schako vistavki v_dbuvayutsya. For me, the greatest dosvіd.

Najel Hurst, CEO of Saatchi Gallery:

The main difference between this exhibition and last year is that the artists focused on contemporary art itself. They paid less attention to the traditional picture as such, but more to the new media.

The exhibition is called “Foreboding”, since most of the works that you see surprisingly anticipate the problems and social upheavals that Ukraine faced in 2014. It is important not to forget that in difficult times, culture and art become more important than ever, and Ukrainian culture is incredibly rich.

The main idea of ​​this exhibition is to provide a wide overview and variety of the Ukrainian art scene, one of the busiest in the post-Soviet space. We selected a group of artists of two generations, some of them created their best things in the 90s and were already successful in the West more than in Ukraine, some were young graduates of the 2000s. The exhibition turned out to be complete and bright, in my opinion. I am satisfied and I can congratulate the participants on the success.

Full list of exhibitors: Nazar Bilyk, Sergey Bratkov, Danila Galkin, GAZ, Nikita Kadan, Zhanna Kadyrova, Pavel Kerestey, Maria Kulikovskaya, Anton Logov, Pavel Makov, Maxim Mamsikov, Nikolai Matsenko, Roman Minin, Natsprom, Sergey Petlyuk, Yuri Pikul , Roman Pyatkovka, Vlad Ralko, Vinnie Reunov, Alexander Roytbud, Stepan Ryabchenko, Arsen Savadov, Alexei Sai, Tiberius Silvashi, Yuri Solomko, Anna Sorokova, Anatole Stepanenko, Ivan Svetlichny, Victor Sidorenko, Marian Talyutto, Ten Point & Dis / Order, Oleg Tistol, Vasily Tsagolov, Miroslav Wajda, Artem Voloki John, Alexander and Zhyvotkov Hamlet Zinkovskyi.

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