Catinca Tabacaru Gallery Collective

State of Emergence

Kateryna Aliinyk, Katya Buchatska, Dasha Chechushkova, Zhanna Kadyrova, Borys Kashapov, Maria Kulikovska, Katia Libkind, Kateryna Lysovenko, Roman Mykhailov, Stas Turina, Tamara Turliun, Vitaliy Yankovy, Max Zatsarinny

Curated by Lesia Kulchynska
14 April  —  9 June 2022

Installation View

Maria Kulikovska
Performance with Eva

_”[..] do not be afraid Eva, if we survive, I will do my best so that you will never be a refugee again.
forgive me and my father that everything is so. I’m sorry that you were born to an immigrant, refugee mother, and now you, but you were just born. sorry, we travel constantly, we look for how to protect you. we are far from your room with a huge window on the 21st floor overlooking the TV tower.” […]_

Maria Kulikovska
Performance with Eva

Vitaliy Yankovy
Ghost vase, 2022
Concrete and metal wire.
Sculpture produced in collaboration with Mihai Rusen.

Maria Kulikovska, Watercolours from My Beautiful. Wife? (2014) Swimming of Freedom (2018) and 888 (2019) series and Zhanna Kadyrova, Palianytsia (2022)
Installation View

Maria Kulikovska
From My Beautiful. Wife?, 2014, Swimming of Freedom, 2018 and 888, 2019
Watercolour on Soviet architectural drawing paper

Maria Kulikovska
From My Beautiful. Wife?, 2014, Swimming of Freedom, 2018 and 888, 2019
Watercolour on Soviet architectural drawing paper

Maria Kulikovska
From My Beautiful. Wife?, 2014, Swimming of Freedom, 2018 and 888, 2019
Watercolour on Soviet architectural drawing paper

Zhanna Kadyrova
Palianytsia, 2022
River stone, made during the residency Working room with support of Asortymentna kimnata.

Installation View

Max Zatsarinny
The wind of change, 2022

Performance costume, fabric and thread, aniline dye, oxide and black pigment.
In collaboration with Paul Klemenko,Kseniia Shcherbakova

Max Zatsarinny
The wind of change, 2022

Performance remnants.
Reinforced concrete fragments found in the Prut River, fabric and thread, aniline dye and oxide-based black pigment.

Installation View

Installation View

Installation View

Tamara Turliun in collaboration with Andrii Liashchuk
What birds will fly today?, 2022
Wood, metal and acrylic

Tamara Turliun in collaboration with Andrii Liashchuk
What birds will fly today?, 2022
Wood, metal and acrylic

Tamara Turliun in collaboration with Andrii Liashchuk
What birds will fly today?, 2022
Wood, metal and acrylic

Katya Buchatska
Alarm Tablecloth, 2022
Marker pen on tablecloth

Dasha Chechushkova (Doch)
Performance documentation

Dasha Chechushkova (Doch)
white flag-ghost of home, 2022
Textile, plasticine, chairs and video projection

From the series White on White, (2017 – ongoing)
Installation View

Dasha Chechushkova (Doch)
white flag-ghost of home, 2022
Textile, plasticine, chairs and video projection

Installation detail

Dasha Chechushkova (Doch)
white flag-ghost of home, 2022
Textile, plasticine, chairs and video projection

From the series White on White, (2017 – ongoing)
Installation View

Dasha Chechushkova (Doch)
white flag-ghost of home, 2022
Textile, plasticine, chairs and video projection

From the series White on White, (2017 – ongoing)
Installation View

Dasha Chechushkova (Doch)
Performance documentation

Dasha Chechushkova (Doch)
Performance documentation

Dasha Chechushkova (Doch)
Performance documentation

Kateryna Lysovenko
Resurrection, 2022
Acrylic paint on paper

Kateryna Lysovenko
Garden of Sorrow (Mother and Child), 2022
Acrylic paint on paper

Installation View

Borys Kashapov
A Way, 2022
Acrylic and charcoal on canvas, window cleaner and alkyd paint

Kateryna Aliinyk
Edible/Inedible, 2022
Acrylic on canvas
Produced during the “Working room” residency, with support of Asortymentna kimnata.

Vitaliy Yankovy
A bather, 2021
Single channel video essay, video game footage. 6mins
Sand, water and found objects from WW1.
Installation produced in collaboration with Mihai Rusen.

Roman Mykhailov
Steppe, 2022

Installation View

Roman Mykhailov
Steppe, 2022
Drawing on phone

Roman Mykhailov
Steppe, 2022
Drawing on phone


Katia Libkind
I snap awake every few hours in the middle of whatever I am doing, 2022
HD Single channel Video and Text

I snap awake every few hours in the middle of whatever I am doing. A barrage of catharsis fills one half of the day, nothing at all fills the other half. A thought that refuses to leave me alone: that we are in some veteran’s recurring nightmare, that we are being force-fed a trauma that has nothing to do with us. That the Russian boys decided to hold a reenactment – using the same words, ideas, tools, moves – so as to suppress, through this game, what happened to them during and after WW2. That the “great nation” just needs to vanquish the war again to forget that they were killed and purged a long time ago. Or maybe they somehow understand that their deaths are the only true thing in their lives, that’s why they throw their bodies at us so readily – because they strive to feel at least something real.

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Time has been detained and is reeling from sheer fucking shock.

I pray to matter and reality.

On the third day of the war, I felt fear creeping upon me, the kind of fear which, they also say, makes your limbs go numb. I went out into the garden, lay down on the earth, and the earth passed through me, through my trembling body, and made me dead and invincible. I realized that the only thing remaining of my fear was its strength. My body heats up and scintillates like it’s going to melt the whole world down.

I know that the mandatory freedom of humankind will begin from Ukraine. Everything that was got fucked up and will now emerge anew from this hub, shattered but very much alive and alight with human connection.

 
 

Vitaliy Yankovy
A bather, 2021.
Video Essay, video game footage. 6min.
Sand, water, found object from WW1.

Vitaliy Yankovy
Glass house, 2022.
3D animation with voiceover. 4min.
Sound composed by Mitoş Micleuşanu.

Dasha Chechushkova (Doch)
white flag-ghost of home, 2022.
From the series ‘White on White’, 2017 – ongoing

Max Zatsarinny
The wind of change, 2022
Performance documentation

In philosophy, systems theory, science, and art, emergence occurs when an entity is observed to have properties its parts do not have on their own, properties or behaviors which emerge only when the parts interact in a wider whole.

Catinca Tabacaru Gallery is proud to announce State of Emergence, an exhibition curated by Lesia Kulchynska to highlight 13 contemporary Ukrainian artists working now; 8 of whom are currently living inside of Ukraine, while 5 have been displaced across Europe since the early days of the Russian attack on February 24th, 2022.

Ukraine is now in a state of emergency, which means a situation of extreme danger, where ordinary daily life is no longer possible and the rules that regulated it are no longer valid.

The casual path of life is broken. Nothing is predictable, nothing is stable, nothing is guaranteed. Within such emergency life is no longer an inalienable right, it is a privilege, a miracle. Human ties are no longer a matter of comfort, it is a circulatory system that keeps us alive. Love is no longer a matter of choice, it is a duty. While reality is collapsing, creation is the law of survival. Every new day of this war we must draw new paths to replace destroyed ones, and find new fulcrums instead of those that have been crushed or lost. Every new day of this war we must imagine a new future and a new present instead of this shattered one.

Let’s believe in the law of conservation of energy. Everything that has been violently wiped out evolves into something new, unexpectedly beautiful, unconditionally powerful. Let’s notice that out of the debris of devastated order, new fragile constellations are relentlessly emerging. They need to be nourished and protected.

With this exhibition, produced amidst the state of emergency, we want you to feel the overtones of a novel emergence. We want you to see Ukraine for the place where, within the cracks of a smashed reality, grow the precious sprouts of the new world. Despite the horrors of war, artistic life in Ukraine flourishes with new initiatives, ideas, and practices of solidarity. In the midst of grave concern over the preservation of Ukrainian cultural heritage, Catinca Tabacaru and Lesia Kulchynska focus on the emerging artist community.

State of Emergence marks the first contemporary exhibition of its kind, but hopes it is but a beginning as artists emerge to declare their resilience through their work.


With the support of the European Cultural Foundation

 



 

În filosofie, teoria sistemelor, știință și artă, emergența are loc atunci când se observă că o entitate are proprietăți sau comportamente străine de părțile sale constituente, acestea manifestându-se doar atunci când părțile interacționează într-un tot mai larg.

Galeria Catinca Tabacaru este încântată să anunțe o nouă expoziție, intitulată Stare de Emergență, curatoriată de Lesia Kulchynska. Expoziția aduce în prim-plan 13 artiști contemporani ucrainieni, dintre care 8 încă locuiesc în Ucraina și 5 s-au relocat în Europa din primele zile ale atacului rusesc, pe 24 februarie 2022.

Ucraina se află acum în stare de urgență și de pericol extrem. Viața obișnuită de zi cu zi nu mai este posibilă, iar principiile după care aceasta se desfășura nu mai sunt aplicabile. Cursul firesc al vieții a ieșit din matcă. Nimic nu este previzibil, nimic nu este stabil, nimic nu este garantat. Într-o situație de o asemenea urgență, viața nu mai este un drept inalienabil, ci un privilegiu, sau chiar un miracol. Legăturile umane nu mai sunt o chestiune de confort, ci un sistem care ne ține în viață. Dragostea nu mai ține de alegere, ci devine o datorie. În timp ce realitatea se prăbușește, creația este legea supraviețuirii. În fiecare nouă zi a acestui război trebuie să concepem drumuri noi în locul celor distruse și să găsim alte puncte de sprijin în locul celor zdrobite sau pierdute. Cu fiecare nouă zi de război suntem nevoiți să ne imaginăm un nou viitor, dar și un nou prezent, în locul acestuia, făcut fărâme.

Noi propunem să credem în legea conservării energiei. Tot ce a fost distrus cu violență se transformă în ceva nou, proaspăt, neașteptat de frumos și de puternic. Din rămășițele ordinii devastate, noi constelații fragile se nasc fără întrerupere. Ele trebuie hrănite și protejate.

Cu această expoziție, produsă în plină stare de urgență, dorim să vă facem să simțiți vibrațiile unei emergențe fără precedent. Vrem să vă facem să vedeți Ucraina ca un spațiu în care, printre rămășițele unei realități distruse, cresc lăstarii unei noi lumi. În ciuda ororilor războiului, scena de artă din Ucraina se dezvoltă în continuare prin inițiative proaspete, idei noi și practici de solidaritate. În contextul situației alarmante privind prezervarea moștenirii culturale ucrainiene, Catinca Tabacaru și Lesia Kulchynska se concentrează asupra comunității de artiști emergenți.

Stare de Emergență constituie una din primele expoziții contemporane de acest tip, aducând în prim-plan voci de pe teritoriului Ucrainei, aflate în plin conflict, în speranța că reprezintă doar începutul unor inițiative similare prin care artiștii își demonstrează nestăviliți reziliența prin artă.


Cu sprijinul accordat de European Cultural Foundation