Collection. Arsen Savadov

25.04.2024 - 31.05.2024

Dymchuk Gallery presents the exhibition Collection. Arsen Savadov, which continues the series of events dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the gallery. The exposition includes the works of Arsen Savadov from the Donbas-Chocolate and Angels projects.

The Donbas-Chocolate series of about one hundred photos were taken in collaboration with Oleksandr Kharchenko in 1997 in Horlivka, the city of Donetsk region, which has been under occupation since 2014. The film crew, with equipment and props, descended into the mines to a depth of 1,500 meters; the project shooting involved miners and several models. The images of miners in ballet tutus, as symbols of the Soviet system, are part of the author’s new mythology, which juxtaposes with combined various historical and artistic phenomena.

The Angels series includes more than ten works, shot in 1997-1998 on the Black Sea coast of Crimea, which was occupied and annexed in February 2014. The plot of the series is a story about angels thrown from heaven at dawn in the middle of a desert coast. In addition to live actors, this series, romantic in spirit and surreal in form, was shot with the help of cut-out two-dimensional objects that add absurdity to classic images for European art.

The works of the classic Ukrainian transavantgarde Arsen Savadov offer a plurality of readings and construct a neo-mythology that always has a place for an alternative reality.

As a concept, Dymchuk Gallery was founded in 2008 by Anatoliy Dymchuk. For several years, the gallery team initiated and implemented projects at various venues in Kyiv and Odesa. Later, in 2013, the gallery opened its premises in Kyiv at the address of St. Yaroslavska, 21. This year, some works from the Dymchuk Gallery art collection may be seen live as part of the “Collection” project – a series of events dedicated to the gallery’s 10th anniversary.