The International Coalition of cultural workers in solidarity with Ukraine

20.01.2023 - 03.03.2023

Dymchuk Gallery in cooperation with the online platform The International Coalition of cultural workers in solidarity with Ukraine presents an exhibition of video works featured in the platform’s collection. The exhibition is open to the public from January 20 through March 3, 2023, on Thursdays and Fridays from 3 p.m. till 7 p.m. as well as on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. till 7 pm. The International Coalition of cultural workers in solidarity with Ukraine is an open online platform to collecting and sharing artistic statements world-wide opposing war, violence, dictatorship and other forms of human oppression. Since its origination in April 2022, the Coalition has held cultural and artistic events in cooperation with Manifesta 14, Pristina, Kosovo, Documenta 15, Kassel, Germany, the 59th Venice Biennale, Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe, Germany, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany and other institutions in Western Europe. The event at Dymchuk Gallery is the first public presentation of the platform’s activity in Ukraine. A special screening programme at Dymchuk Gallery will feature 8 video works focusing on the war in Eastern Ukraine, which began in 2014. The exhibition features works by Zoya Laktionova, Ahmet Öğüt, Iaroslav Pobezhan, Hito Steyerl, Maria Stoianova, Theta Tsybulnyk and Elias Parvulesco, Clemens V. Wedemeyer, and fantastic little splash. The war destroys the established regimes of stability; incessant shellings, total dehumanization and destruction of Ukraine’s electricity supply systems, all that brings a feeling of hopelessness, confusion and internal burnout. The exhibition attempts to create possibilities of withstanding the internal fading and resistance by the means of contemporary art. It suggests finding the inner reliance and turning a light — both in the daily physical meaning of this word, and in the sense of searching for opportunities for the future. The selected works provide an opportunity to look at us today through the prism of the bloody and traumatic events of the war, as well as in a historical perspective. Carried out in cooperation with Dymchuk Gallery and the International Coalition, this special show unites artistic, social, and humanitarian components. During the blackouts, the gallery continues to operate. Notwithstanding the horrible circumstances, the gallery is being transformed into a meeting point and a place that encourages communication and interaction. Even during the blackouts, viewers are welcome to visit the gallery as a place of unity, where they can charge their phones, use wi-fi, have hot tea, watch contemporary art and just chat.