Support program 2020

The program supported individual applicants and creative teams with research and projects in the field of visual arts that comprehended the processes in art and society, initiate and develop new ideas, formats, and approaches in culture. Projects based on a critical stance and interdisciplinary projects were welcomed.
We received 65 strong applications from the individuals and collectives. 14 projects were supported (a total of 17 artists and researchers).
The activities within the selected projects ranged from researching Ukrainian vernacular photography to studying the creative industries sector in Ukraine; from finding alternative methods of education to analyzing political and economic challenges; from working with memory to rethinking the myths that are being built in Ukrainian society.

The winners of the 2020 competition: Asia Bazdireva, Anatoly Belov and Viktor Ruban, Uliana Bychenkova and Anna Shcherbyna, Andrii Dostliev, Aleksandra Kadzevych, Yelyzaveta Korneichuk, Garry Krayevets, Polina Limina and Hanna Oryshchenko, Larion Lozovoy, Vasyl Liakh, Tonya Melnik, Lada Nakonechna, Valentina Petrova, Maksym Khodak.


Information about the projects that were supported is available in Ukrainian version



The publication SOURCE is a collection of interviews of people and groups who are actively challenging the political status-quo regarding the status of marginalized people and other difficult political issues, and who have visions of proactive tactics on how to address them.


The second issue of SOURCE that was published in USA in November 2018 focused on topic of migration. Migration though was understood in more symbolic way as a process of transition, which is fundamental to so much of contemporary life. People migrate between identities, countries, languages, economic realities, genders, political beliefs, contexts.



Publisher: Open Place
Edited by: Yulia Kostereva, Yuriy Kruchak, Maria Prokopenko, Cayla Lockwood, Jaime F. Iglehart
Published: New York, 2018
Language: English
Details: 8 pages
Category: Journal
Designed by: Open Place

Photos by: Yuriy Kruchak, Elisabeth Belomlinsky


Nomadic park


August 29, 2014
Bialystok, Poland

Nomadic Park is a mobile installation of trees that were uprooted due to a reconstruction of the street. The eradicated trees were replanted into wheeled garbage bins and moved around the city, giving them new life and symbolic meaning.

Specifically dedicated to the world’s 51 million refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced persons, the performance and mobile installation recreated the movement of refugees forced to leave their homes and travel to a new and uncertain destination. As local residents encountered these living beings placed in mobile dumpsters, they were forced to experience the real life circumstances of refugees throughout the globe.

At the end of the travel the trees took the place of the park, cut down a few years before, during the reconstruction of the main street of the city.

Events took place in the frame of exhibition Deprivation Arsenał Gallery, curator Monika Szewczyk

Net of the Dream


September – October, 2011  
Lublin, Poland

An object migrating from the suburbs to the city center and back has become a symbolic interface, a temporary space established with the aim of connecting Lublin’s communities and social groups.

The objective of this happening was an attempt at discovering the answers to the questions. How can it be made possible to achieve a balance, a connection between the analog «off-line» culture, which is strictly bound to the nature of the places which people inhabit, and the modern, digital and virtual «on-line» culture, where it is not the place where one lives that is of any importance? How can bonds and connections between people representing those two different cultures be forged, and how can they become involved in a mutually collaborative creative process?

Net of the Dream

How does community act?


June 3, 10, 11, 2017
Warsaw, Poland

What information about refugees and migrants does a person gets most often? These are statistics that demonstrate growing numbers of migrants year by year as well as information about various incidents and crimes with involvement of refugees and migrants. In public space the messages that contain hate speech or claim that one nation is higher than another are increasingly common. The social media are following the same trend. Fear makes the situation even worse. The lack of information from the side of refugees and migrants contributes to the spread of negative stereotypes, leading to the dehumanization of this group of people. This, in turn, provides fertile ground for the manipulation of public consciousness. That is why individual stories, interpersonal relations and collaboration between different ethnic groups are so important.

A series of working meetings “How does community act?” had aim to start a new practice of collaboration between representatives of various social and ethnic groups of newcomers and local residents in Poland. The workshop sought to build trustful relations within the group, to find to find the points of intersection of various opinions, to reveal important topics, to pose the questions, and to work together on them. The workshop provided the ground and conditions where the diverse believes could meet. Everyone had opportunity to speak out and to hear the other. Disputed situations and individual prejudices were discussed in order to develop strategies of possible actions.

Workshop introduced the methods and possibilities of collective work: the practices, games and techniques that allow critical reflection and active search of grassroots ways on solving the social problems. During the workshop the participants shared their individual stories. Based on that stories the problematic was formulated  – the topics like: emotional and psychological violence; instability of the position; vulnerability; fear; lack of social relations ; loneliness;  xenophobia ; identity and self-identification; necessity and possibility to defend of labour and human rights; the influence of global corporations on the living conditions of people. Ideas how to behave in the certain situations were proposed and discussed. Participants exchanged the information about available resources and opportunities, and together decide the possible methods of action.

In group was discussed of how and around what people could unite. The main accent was on active personal life position. During the workshop, the understanding of the community as a group that united according to ethnic or national characteristics was transformed into conception of unification around common values and believes. And idea to defend the rights of particular group was rethought as necessity to fight commonly for human rights that allows escape the isolation and expand the social circle.  The participants agreed on necessity public discussion on problematic connected with migration.

During the workshop were recorded collected and created the materials: from intimated stories to universal messages that would be understandable for various social, ethnic, and political groups.


Fresh Market

The first stories of Fresh Market were collected in 2017 in Warsaw during collaboration with labor migrants from Ukraine. It was an attempt to work with the issue not in an esoteric way. At the beginning we heard the stories of labor migrants from the employee in various organizations in Poland, which help to solve social and legal issues. We were looking for the opportunity to get access to the real people to hear from them about the problems they faced. When we have had a certain amount of stories collected in archive, we questioned ourselves what this archive is like, how do we relate to it? Do we believe that certain number of stories put together, make the work full?

The archive contains intimate stories of different people. We’re curating the way that information is coming to us by framing the experience through a series of questions. Currently, the archive has stories on emigration, violations of labor and human rights, patriarchal control over women, xenophobia, self-identification and identity, and other precarious conditions. An archive is a kind of mélange – a mixing of various narratives and social compounds, spectrum toward freedom and restrictions in the different sites.

In the archive we bring together different contexts and experiences by documenting and creating them. And, of course, the core is not in the number of stories we want to get or to reach the certain number, but in their totality, in how these stories give meaning to each other, how they relate to each other, how they make a conversation with each other. How one story answer the questions raised in another stories, and how together they create a certain narrative.

Another series of questions related to the form of the archive and its subjectivity. How should look a space where these narratives come out? Who are the final editor and storyteller? As the creators of the archive, we want Fresh Market to be more than a positing of a traumatic experience of the person whoever’s going to share a story, so that it can be an environment for collaborative work. We want to trace how the story is read and perceived. For this we use certain methodologies. Fresh Market is a nomadic archive that is filled in and worked on in the different contexts. To emphasize the multiplicity of interpretations, we use transparent layers that are imposed on top of the initial text, each time when it is read in a new context. We invite people to read the story and highlight what seems important to them. Selected fragments are placed on a separate layer that overlap the previous layer, the name of the person who read, and the date of reading is placed next to the reading results.

Discussions that are happened during the process of reading become a part of the archive as a separate text document.

Fresh Market Archive


Migration in Transition
Long Island City, New York
Flux Faxtory
November 15 – 20, 2018
Somewhere now
Lublin, Poland
Labirynt Gallery
July 21– August 12, 2018
Gotong Royong. The things we do together
Warsaw, Poland
October 19, 2017– January 14, 2018

At the heart of the community


The texts and interviews collected in this book belong to the expert guests of the project At the heart of the community, who gave lectures and led workshops at the Municipal Museum of Local Lore (Melitopol) from May to September 2015, but also to members of the local community who attended those meetings.

All of the authors included herein reflect on the general condition of cultural institutions in present-day Ukraine, as well as offering insight into the particular condition of the Municipal Museum of Local Lore (Melitopol). All agree on one thing: that reformation of such institutions is a pressing challenge.

Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw
Edited by: Yuliya Kosteryeva, Yuriy Kruchak, Katya Shcheka
Published: Warsaw, 2015
Language: Ukrainian, English
Details: Softcover, 199 pages
ISBN: 978-8364177330
Category: Book
Designed by: Emilia Obrzut

Photos inside by: Yuriy Kruchak


Publication - "At the heart of the community"


Kitchen Orchestra

Interactive Installation

May – November 2013
Donetsk, Ukraine

This interdisciplinary project combined contemporary electronic technologies with objects of everyday life. The artists turned pans into percussion instruments. All of the objects through the system of sound pickups were connected to a metal gong, made of tank car.

Once participants picked up available drumsticks and began to make music, it became immediately clear that in order to avoid creating a deafening cacophony, they needed to find a common rhythm and tune. This created an opportunity for dialogue, interaction and artistic collaboration.


Meeting place
Donetsk, Ukraine
IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives
May 17 – November 3, 2013

Between Revolution and War


Museum of Art | Skövde, Sweden
September 22, 2016 –  January 8, 2017

The exhibition Between Revolution and War reviews the practices of Ukrainian artists of recent years. The problems and phenomena of society being in between the revolutionary situation and the military confrontation were in the focus of research. The exhibition project considered unwanted and unpopular topics, traumatic experiences and uncomfortable stories. Emancipated artist’s view makes “other” image of war and revolution free of ideological structures and backward stereotypes. The exhibition offers the possible models of comprehension of Ukraine during the “reset” of social idea – the country which is complex, diverse with vast variety of individual positions and thoughts.

The works of artists and non-linear approach created a specific dynamics of the exhibition which reflected the current situation in Ukraine, where the ideological transformations and re-positional games, return us to a place of non-constant time experience.

The role of art in the time of crisis, in the period of political and economic uncertainty is frequently discussed lately. Based on Ukrainian realities Between revolution and war offers a glance on society in the situation between revolution and war – the extreme points of the crises. Whether artist is able to make chaos clear? What role should art play in the time of chaos? What should art really resist to? These and other questions the artists addressed in their works. Participating artists: Yevgenia Belorusets, Sasha Burlaka, Alina Iakubenko, Alevtina Kakhidze, Yulia Kostereva, Yuriy Kruchak, Sasha Kurmaz, Ivan Melnichuk, Oleksiy Radynski. Curators: Yuriy Kruchak, Yulia Kostereva

Exhibition - "Between revolution and war". Exposition

At the heart of community


Melitopol Museum of Local Lore | Ukraine
September 27 – November 29, 2015

Exhibition At the heart of community sums up the project of the same name initiated by Open Place (Kyiv) and the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (Warsaw) and realized in collaboration with Municipal Museum of Local Lore (Melitopol). The main goal of which was an attempt to identify an effective model of socially oriented cultural organization and testing of certain aspects of this model in the Melitopol museum of Local Lore.

From March to September 2015, there were a series of meetings (lectures, workshops, working sessions)  in the museum aimed to establish the direct links between the museum and the local community, with the widest possible audience involvement in the process of studying the links between the development of cultural institutions and the development of society. Visitors became active participants in the process of rethinking the role of the museum in the life of the community, as well as their own role in the formation and development of the institution. As a result of the sessions were collected a variety of materials from diagram of the connections, video and photo documentation that illustrate the creative process during the sessions to the art objects, created both the invited experts and the participants themselves.

Among the most intriguing works on the exhibition, there were the pieces proposed by participants from the local community, representing the alternative to the permanent exhibition of the museum. These materials, along with archival documents from the personal file of the museum, telling about its history, formed the narrative of the exhibition.

Works: Mark Isaac + Gabriela Bulisova, Lyubov Alekseeva, Galina Bysha, Sasha Borodina, Valentina Ermak, Natalya Kidalova, Natalya Krasko, Larion Lozovoy, Denis Miroshnik. Curators: Yuri Kruchak, Yulia Kostereva.

Exhibition - "At the heart of the community"