Between Revolution and War

Exhibition presents Ukrainian artists who with their works in different ways comment on the current situation in Ukraine with Russian aggression, internal conflicts, popular protests, nascent nationalism, political power struggle and the little man’s place in all of this.





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