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"

Migration in Transition


Flux Faxtory | Long Island City, New York
November 15 – 20th, 2018

The exhibition Migration in Transition presented two volumes of research: Fresh Market Archive and a publication titled SOURCE.. An archive is a kind of mélange – a mixing of various narratives and social compounds. Open Place has been collecting stories determined by the themes of emigration, violations of employee and human rights, patriarchal control over women, xenophobia, self-identification and identity, and other precarious conditions. 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 works in Migration in Transition included materials gathered from Open Place’s international research as well as stories collected during their residence in New York.

Migration and challenges that arise because of migration, was the starting point of Open Place’s research. They began to understand migration 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. Migration in Transition is an attempt to build bridges through disparate experiences, and create a source of trust and solidarity. Migration in Transition is a collaborative environment and the place for reflection.

The goal of Migration in Transition was to record diverse experiences in one expansive text, and to create a political and social document collectively. This exhibition presented Open Place’s ongoing goal to bring together different perspectives into a universal message, offering strategies and tactics that we can all access.

Exhibition - "Migration in Transition"

This is the Future Before it Happened


The Glendale College Art Gallery | Glendale
February – March, 2009

“The past is never exhausted in its virtualities, insofar as it is always capable of giving rise to another reading, another context, another framework that will animate it in different ways.” – Elizabeth Grosz

Artwork by Jeff Cain, Krysten Cunningham, Tom Dale, Veaceslav Druta, Adam Frelin, Olexander Gnilitsky, Vlatka Horvat, Tim Hyde, Yuliya Kostereva + Yuriy Kruchak, Nebojsa Milikic, Maarten Vanden Eynde, and Angie Waller. Curated by Julie Deamer, Director, Outpost for Contemporary Art

This is the Future before it Happened plays with the fixity of time and how one moves through it. Rather than thinking of time as a linear progression, the title suggests an elliptical oscillation that allows mental projections from the present to the past and into the future in a start-and-stop dynamic.

This exhibition concludes two years worth of artist residencies and exchanges sponsored by Outpost for Contemporary Art. Over half of the included artists are presenting new work developed during their residencies in Los Angeles or while on exchange in Kyiv, Ukraine. This exhibition is an opportunity to bring this work together alongside that of other artists whose work enhances the exhibition’s themes.


Villa Sovietica


Musee d’Ethnographie de Geneve | Conches
October, 2009 – June, 2010

Geneva Museum of Ethnography (MEG) has opened its collections to a team of anthropologist and artists from post-socialist countries like Slovakia, Ukraine, Russia or the former GDR, who gauged into the merits and perils of a cross-disciplinary approach into a specific type of material culture in collaboration with colleagues from formerly so-called non-communist countries (the West).

The working group consisted: Ekatarina Shapiro-Obermair, Franziska Jentsch, Yulia Kostereva, Yuriy Kruchak, Solo-Matine, Marcel Fanchamps, Tobias Glaser, Willem Mes. Curated by Alexandra Schussler

The result of this investigation has become the exhibition, which presents more than 1000 items for everyday use of Soviet provenance, as well as innumerable objects from the museum’s European department. The building of MEG Conches, where the exhibition was displayed, has become an object of auditing, as well. Visitors’ attention was drawn to the magnificent architecture of the villa, and to the spaces that have never been accessible before to the public. The exposition invites the audience to relate to objects using of all of 5 senses, by providing different angles, Villa Sovietica is playing with preconceived ideas.


The book introduces us to the material culture of everyday life in Soviet countries. After a visual essay – exploring various contexts in which ordinary Soviet object appear – thirteen authors from different disciplines and academic traditions in the post-Soviet and Western worlds compare their points of view on aspects of materiality and spatiality. East-West relations, the history of the Soviet artefacts, photography, memory and collecting, finally emphasising the complementarity between antropology and art.

Publisher: Musee d’Ethnographie de Geneve
Edited by: Alexandra Schussler
Published: Bern, 2009
Language: english, french
Details: Softcover, 238 pages
ISBN: 978-2-88474-176-7 (english)
Category: Book
Design: Severine Mailler

Events in the frames of the project

Geneva, Switzerland
Conches – Square of Nations from 1pm to 5pm
November 7, 2009
Geneva, Switzerland
Park near the Museum of Ethnography in Conches from 2pm to 5pm
October 3, 2009