Ukrainian Citizens, Neighbors, and Strangers
A video screening including short-form work by Vika Begalska, Veaceslav Druta, Adam Frelin, Tim Hyde, Gleb Katchuk + Olga Kashimbeckova, Yuriy Kruchak, R.E.P Group, Stefan Rusu, and Lesja Zajac + Olexander Gnilitsky
This screening includes visual artists from Ukraine and Moldova, two countries that share a Soviet past and are experiencing similar cultural, political, and social transition. To offer a comparative perspective from the position of outsiders, two U.S. artists, who made their work in Ukraine and Belarus, are also included.
This program has been co-organized by Jordan Biren and Julie Deamer for Outpost for Contemporary Art
in Los Angeles.
– has created and guided successful art endeavours supporting contemporary artists for 10 years as the director of Four Walls in San Francisco and as a curator, writer, educator, and fundraiser.
– is an artist, writer, and educator. He is co-founder of Media Foundation, an artist run project dedicated to broadening media practice and dissemination through production, curation, exhibition, and publication.
Wednesday, 16 April 2008, 7pm
At studio Open Place
03151, Kyiv, Ukraine
Novgorodskaja str. 3, 17 floor
Monday, 26 May 2008, 5pm
The Kharkov City Art Gallery
61057, Kharkov, Ukraine
Chernyshevsky Str. 15
List of Included Works
«Portrait of Brejnev»
Three folkloric songs that were popular in Moldova during Brejnev’s reign are played all at once, pushing traditional aspects of Moldavian culture to the point of caricature, and complicating nostalgic reflection with the need to move forward.
Set inside a Hippodrome, the camera surveys people placing bets and watching the races. Eventually, the focus turns to one man, whose day at the races serves as a compelling metaphor for a collapsing society.
«Invisible Points of Way»
A blind woman uses her sense of touch to walk through and commit to memory a 3-dimensional floor plan made by the artist in an attempt to unify two worlds Р that of the blind woman, who perceives the world non-linearly, and the artist, whose perception is subordinated by the laws of linear perspective.
Though just another night at a housing development in Gomel, Belarus, a palpable sense of this physical environment is conveyed. The artist positions himself as a bystander - we see his shadow, hear him addressed, and listen to his breathing - until a sense of threat abruptly ends this voyeuristic position.
Glib Katchuk and Olga Kashimbeckova
Like a surreal music video for a karaoke machine, strange bits of content create a montage backdrop for two blind beggars, who sing emotionally driven harmonies with Braille subtitles running above.
Lesja Zajac and Olexander Gnilitsky (aka, Institution of Unstable Thoughts)
«Urban Miniatures» 1 and 2
Simple documents of absurd scenes found in the city, #1 depicts city workers in Ukraine consulting with one another, and #2 shows a dysfunctional mechanical light box/billboard suspended in a pathetic rhythm of ripped cloth being dragged up and down.
Revolutionary Experimental Project (R.E.P Group)
A group of young people make a loud and heartfelt protest on the outskirts of town with no one but themselves listening.
Five members of a military marching band break away and wander while performing in self-governed succession, offering a visual tour through old and new Kyiv.
«Brejnev Like Mamaliga & Mamaliga Likes Brejnev»
Titled after Joseph Beuy’s performance I Like America and America Likes Me, a patriotic anthem repeats ad nauseam while a man prepares former leader of USSR L.I. Brejnev’s favorite dish, "Mamaliga" in an attempt to get at the heart of its cultural significance.
«Nutcrackers» (6 min) The rituals of power and authority symbolized by elaborately uniformed young soldiers on duty suddenly seem ridiculous when compared to the famously animated wooden dolls in Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.
«Kernels of Corn»
The artist vigorously performs a dance with himself to faux folkloric music to explore the perception of reality, unity and multiplicity, collective memory and interdependency.
Outpost for Contemporary Art
Outpost for Contemporary Art promotes cross-cultural exchange by developing international artistic projects that stimulate social interaction and emphasize process over end result. Outpost’s international reciprocal residency program focuses on nations and cultures that offer provocative, comparative perspectives on artmaking, politics, and socio-cultural transition.
To support an ongoing conversation that doesn't end with a single exhibition or effort, Outpost organizes its programs in thematic and geographic cycles. Through 2008, Outpost's aim is to produce artistic programs that illuminate contemporary responses to complex socio-political transformations happening throughout Eastern Europe today and to stimulate a generative, educative, and collaborative dialog between Eastern European artists and curators and our Los Angeles artistic communities.
Residency and exchange programs in 2008 include Olexander Gnilitsky and Lesja Zajac (a.k.a., Institution of Unstable Thoughts), Veaceslav Druta, Dora Hegyi, Nebojsa Milikic, and Vlatka Horvat.
Born in Kharkov, Ukraine, in 1965
Lives and works in Moscow, Russia
Victoria Begalskaya works as a painter, performer and video-artist.
Her work has been included in the following exhibitions: Gender Excitement within the 1 Moscow Biennale of Modern Art (2005); The Europalia Festival, Brussels, Belgium; And She Was, Transit Gallery, Mechelen, Belgium (2005); Seven Sins, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia. (2004); Art Festival, Klyazma, Moscow, Russia. Victoria Begalskaya has had solo exhibitions at Zverev's Contemporary Art Centre (2005, Moscow) and Gallery of M.Gelman (2004, Kiev, Ukraine).
Born in Kishinev, Republic Moldova in 1972
Lives and works in Paris, France
Veaceslav Druta creates interactive situations using video, performance, music, and sculpture. He views his works as objects and situations that allow him to establish interaction with people. He is interested in notions regarding the perception of reality, unity and multiplicity, collective memory and interdependency, among others.
After completing his studies at the University of the Arts, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova in 1998, Druta attended Le Fresnoy, a national studio of contemporary art in Tourcoing, France (2002-05) and the research program, La Seine, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France (2004-06).
Druta’s video, performance and sculptures have been seen at NZECHPOINT, Museum of Art, Zilina (2007); Espace 315, Centre Pompidou, Paris France (2006); Periferic, International Biennale, Lasi, Romania (2006); CitySonics, Transcultures, Mons, Belgium (2005); Panorama 6, Le Fresnoy, Tourcoung, France (2005); The Music in Me, Chapter 1, Bremen, Germany (2002); Biennal of young artists from Europe and Mediterranean, Sarajevo (2001); Kilometrul 6, Kishinev, Moldova (1996). Veaceslav Druta will be a resident artist at Outpost for Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CA, USA in 2008.
Born in Grove City, Pennsylvania, 1973
Lives and works in New York, USA
Adam Frelin works in video, sculpture, and photography to depict phenomenological scenarios in which natural and manmade entities intersect in ways that are simultaneously meditative and humorous, foreboding and life-affirming.
Adam Frelin is widely represented in the United States and abroad, with presentations at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, Outpost for Contemporary Art, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, The Chicago Cultural Center, The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Art Centre Lorenzo ' Medici, Florence, Italy. Frelin has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Gateway Foundation, the Alpert Award in the Arts, the Gunk Foundation, and College Art Association.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1968.
Lives and works in New York, NY, USA
Tim Hyde works with video, photography, and sound. His work redefines spatial rules and explores the subjective nature of the physical environment to transform perceptions of materiality and space. His immersive video and sound installations investigate the intersections between architecture, pedestrian and vehicular traffic, landscape, animal life, and sound, and pay particular attention to human and non-human reactions to his presence. Tim spends hours, days and sometimes weeks in a single location to make recordings that are edited into immersive room-sized projections.
Tim Hyde received an MFA in visual arts at Columbia University in 2005. In 2006, he received a CEC Artslink project grant to travel and make new work in Ukraine. This work was included in a solo exhibition at Max Protetch Gallery, New York, in 2007. A solo exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is forthcoming in 2008. His work has been included in Balance and Power: Performance and Surveillance in Video Art, Krannert Art Museum (2006); A Tale of Two Cities, Busan Biennale, South Korea (2006); Free Trade, Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2005); and he participated in the Lost Highway Expedition, organized by Marjetica Potrc and Kyong Park in 2006. His work is included in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Ulrich Museum of Art, and the Margulies Collection.
Gleb Katchuk and Olga Kashimbeckova
Live and work in Odessa, Kyiv, Ukraine
Gleb Katchuk. Born in Odessa, Ukraine, in 1973
Olga Kashimbeckova. Born in Odessa, Ukraine, in 1968
Gleb Katchuk, director, videoartist, VJ, has taken part in more than 50 local and foreign art-projects and exhibitions since 1995. Olga Kashimbeckova received her education from Odessa’s State Pedagogical Institute of Art, Faculty of Graphic Design, and at VGIK of Gerasimov's Faculty of Cinema Production.
Gleb Katchuk and Olga Kashimbeckova have been included in the following exhibitions: Good-bye Weapons, Arsenal, Kiev, Ukraine (2004); Epoch of Romanticism, Central House of Artists, Kiev, Ukraine (2004); The First Collection, Central House of Artists, Kiev, Ukraine (2003); Documenta, a Festival of Ukrainian Art, Ost Deutche, Regensburg, (2003); Allergy, RA Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine (2002); Behind the Threshold, during the Moscow Art Festival, Central House of Artist, Moscow, Russia (2002); Kunst Und Drogen, Rebell Minds gallery, Berlin, Germany (2002), Art-Moscow, Central House of Artist, Moscow, Russia (2001); gallery "SKUC", Ljubljana, Slovenia (1999); A Sight on Ukraine, Passage du Retz, Paris (1999). Presently, Gleb and Olga work as Directors and Video Artists.
Born in Poltava, Ukraine, in 1973
Lives and works in Kiev, Ukraine
Yuriy Kruchak incorporates interactive media, video and photography into his practice. He is interested in revising interrelationships between social and cultural groups in post-communist Ukraine, and researching how reality is perceived.
Yuri’s works have been included in the following exhibitions: N / UODAI, Gallery of Siauliai University, Siauliai, Lithuania (2008); NextFestival 007, Vilnius, Lithuania (2007); Self-defense, Art Arsenal, Kiev, Ukraine (2007); New York - New York …, Central House of Artists, Kiev, Ukraine (2001); Scaffold, gallery Arsenal, Poznan, Poland (2001); Come to our Space, gallery KOHLENHOF, Nuremberg, Germany (1998). His works will also be included in the forthcoming screening, Ukrainian Video Art, at the exhibition Digital Media, in Valencia, Spain (2008).
The group was founded in Kiev in 2004
R.E.P Group was founded at the end of 2004, during the “Orange Revolution." During 2005, the group of twenty artists worked in residence at Centre for Contemporary Art, Kyiv. At the end of 2005 the group began to create actions that investigated public space of post-orange Ukraine, which was fully politicized. Since 2006, R.E.P. consists of six artists: Ksenia Gnilitskaya (born 1984 in Kyiv), Nikita Kadan (born 1982 in Kyiv), Lesya Homenko (born 1980 in Kyiv), Zhanna Kadyrova (born 1981 in Brovary), Vladimir Kuznetsov (born 1976 in Lutzk), Lada Nakonechnaya (born 1982 in Dnepropetrovsk).
R.E.P. group has presented their projects at The Project of Communities, Centre for Contemporary Art, Kyiv, Ukraine; Patriotism, Gallery "Capsule", Rome, Italy; Return of Memory, Museum, KUMU, Tallinn, Estonia; Letter, Contemporary Art Norwich, Norwich, England; The Project of Communities, Gallery "Arsenal", Bialistok, Poland; Satellite Tunes, Hungarian University of Fine Art, Budapest, Hungary; Patriotism. Hymn, Centre Luidgi Peachey, Prato, Italy; Patriotism. Museum, Biennale of the Young Artists, Tallinn, Estonia.
Born: 1964, Kaiet, Republic of Moldova (former URSS)
Artist, freelance curator
Based in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, and Bucharest, Romania he focus his practices on strategy of intervention toward unexplored spaces of Far East regions such as Central Asia, Siberia and Mongolia. Dealing with the exploration of cultural and political environments (since 2000) and with appropriation of social and cultural aspects between Far Eastern and East European regions, he follows the strategy of establishing long term collaborations between artists and art initiatives from those regions.
Since 2005 he was involved in development of TV project run by [KSA:K]-Contemporary Art Center from Chisinau and worked as editor-in-chief of AATV program. The program strategy focuses on decontamination of cultural environment and promotion of contemporary art practices and artists positions in the society. In 2005/2006 he attended the Curatorial Training Program at Shtichting De Appel from Amsterdam where he co-curated Mercury in Retrograde (www.mercuryinretrograde.com
Lesya Zajac and Olexander Gnilitsky (the Institution of Unstable Thoughts)
Live and work in Kyiv and Munich
Lesya Zajac. Born in Munich, Germany, in 1965
Olexander Gnilitsky. Born in Kharkov, Ukraine, in 1961
Olexander Gnilitsky incorporates painting, video, poetry, drawing, photography, kinetics into his practice. Zajac is trained as a film and sound editor and brings her extensive knowledge of animation and new media into the collaborative projects she realizes with Olexander under the umbrella of the collective they founded together and with three other members, the Institution of Unstable Thoughts, which has been active since 1996.
Olexander Gnilitsky and Lesya Zajac are widely represented, both in Ukraine, and abroad. Their work has been featured at the 52-Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2007), Media - comfort 2, Stella Art Gallery, Moscow (2007); New Space, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine (2006); Reality Check, Ukrainian House, Kiev, Ukraine (2005); New readout, Central house of artist, Moscow, Russia (2003); The Future Is Now. Ukrainian art 90, Museum of Modern art, Zagreb (1999); A sight on Ukraine, Passage du Retz, Paris (1999). They are resident artists at Outpost for Contemporary Art in Los Angeles in 2008.
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