UNTITLED, ART is an international, curated art fair founded in 2012 that focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art. UNTITLED, ART innovates the standard fair model by selecting a curatorial team to identify and curate a selection of galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, and non-profit institutions and organizations, in dialogue with an architecturally designed venue.
Voloshyn Gallery is proud to present on Untitled, Art artists like Nikita Kadan and Lesia Khomenko.
Presenting his works «Sun and Satellite» and «Tiger’s leap» one of the leading personas of Ukrainian art - Nikita Kadan. The standard Soviet window grille – «sun» – where the rods diverge in the form of sunlight is still common in the post-Soviet urban space. They reveal a field of tension between oppression and dreams, miserable daily existence, and its utopian horizon. The total Soviet ideological narrative, with its image of "common" hope, is replaced by a multitude of personal and collective intentions, sometimes combined but in unstable, fluid formations. In this work, the shape of the lattice-sun is transformed into the silhouette of a satellite, demonstrating the distance between the "sublime" and "poor" components of Soviet universalism,of which the second is still with us.
Tiger’s leap is a reconstruction of weapons, made by Gorlovka metal workers from their instruments to oppose cossacks and police during Gorlovka uprising. The armed uprising was the part of 1905 revolution and the turning point for the worker's movement at Donbass.
Nikita (Mykyta) Kadan was born in Kyiv in 1982. In 2007 graduated from National Academy of Fine Art (Kyiv) where he studied on department of monumental painting under professor Mykola Storozhenko. Nikita Kadan works with painting, graphics, and installation, often in interdisciplinary collaboration with architects, sociologists and human rights activists. He is a member of the artist group R.E.P. (Revolutionary Experimental Space) and founding member of Hudrada (Artistic Committee), a curatorial and activist collective. Lives in Kyiv. Represented Ukraine at the Venice Biennale in 2015. Awards: Kazimir Malevich Prize, 2016;
Future Generation Prize (special prize), 2014 Main Prize, PinchukArtCentre Prize, 2011; shortlisted for PinchukArtCentre Prize in 2009 and for Future Generation Prize in 2012. Works in public collections: Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp; mumok (Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien); National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv; Arsenal Gallery, Białystok; Military History Museum, Dresden; Kontakt Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation, Vienna; The Art Collection Telekom, Berlin; The Kingdom of Belgium, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
«Giants» by Lesia Khomenko is a series of large-format paintings in which average people – the “heroes” of today’s world – are represented from a “frog’s point of view.” Khomenko is also interested in how powerful the historical “break” in the culture of post-Soviet countries seemed, when all Western art abruptly burst onto this territory in the early 1990s all at once, without any reconsideration of its historical logic. Her transformation of the “grand style” is one attempt to return the historical dimension to culture.
Lesia Khomenko was born in 1980 in Kyiv, where she lives and works now. She graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in 2004. A co-founder and member of the R.E.P. group since 2004, and of the curatorial union Khudrada since 2008. Was a resident of the Center for Contemporary Art at the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” in 2005-2006, and a resident of the Leipzig International Art (LIA) project with the R.E.P. group in 2008. Her works have been displayed in many personal and group exhibitions, including at the main project of the Kyiv Biennale Arsenale (2012), in the National Art Museum of Ukraine, at White Box Gallery in New York, MUMOK in Vienna and Zachęta Gallery in Warsaw. Lesia Khomenko is a PinchukArtCentre Prize nominee (2009, 2011, and 2013), and a Future Generation Art Prize (founded by Viktor Pinchuk) as a part of R.E.P. group in 2012; she received Kazimir Malevich Prize in 2012 and 2016.