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New Ukrainian Art in Warsaw
April 25, 2013   
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Ukrainian News, an exhibition at the Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, brings together photographs, paintings and videos recently produced by several dozen young Ukrainian artists and activists.

Items on display include footage from performance art projects. The exhibition focuses on the political and social situation in Ukraine after the 2004 Orange Revolution. The featured artists explore the state of Ukrainian society through a variety of cultural initiatives that range from street art to social projects. According to exhibition curator Marek GoĽdziewski, the themes that contemporary Ukrainian artists take on most frequently include the socioeconomic problems of the post-Soviet era, the appropriation of public space by private capital and the state of Ukraine’s civil society.

The exhibition opens with 32 Gogol St., a series of black-and-white photographs by Yevhenya Belorusets that have won an award from The Guardian newspaper in Britain. The photographs document life in a house located at 32 Gogol St. in a historical district of Kiev. Even though the building is in disrepair, the local authorities keep ignoring its residents’ requests to provide them with new housing. Belorusets spent three years taking photographs of people who lived in the dilapidated building, accompanying them in their daily routines.

The exhibition is accompanied by an overview of Ukrainian movies and documentaries at the Center for Contemporary Art’s Kino Lab movie theater. The films featured include those by Dziga Vertov and Aleksandr Dovzhenko, leading avant-garde filmmakers in the former Soviet Union. Warsaw audiences will see Vertov’s The Eleventh Year (1928) and Man with a Movie Camera (1929) and Dovzhenko’s Arsenal (1928) and Earth (1930).

Until May 26
Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art
2 Jazdów St., tel. 22 628-12-71 to 73
Open Tue.-Sun. noon-7 p.m., Fri. noon-9 p.m., free admission on Thursdays
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