Introspection. On art practice as self-therapy
09 September —
04 October 2020

selected works


Voloshyn Gallery presents the curator project of Ksenia Malykh “Introspection”.

The project is part of a series of traditional summer exhibitions of young Ukrainian artists Summer Show, but with a delay because of the quarantine. The exhibiton participants are Dana Kavelina, Kateryna Lisovenko, Al Hash and Ilya Chernyshevsky.

“Therapy can be one of the purposes of artistic practice: for artists, for objects of their art, for the spectator. But therapy cannot be an end in itself in artistic practice, just as art cannot be an end in itself in art therapy. The trau-ma studied in artistic practice is embodied in images, finds a voice.

Wounds and injuries are more noticeable to those who share them. They are able to notice them faster, see more clearly, articulate more accurately. Personal stories grow into universal triggers: fear, violence, corporality, identity. This exhibition instrumentalizes the works of artists in or-der to start a conversation about therapy as one of the functions of art.

In her video works, Dana Kavelina uses both freely available material and chronicles and specially created videos and animations.

In the works presented at the exhibition, Kateryna Lisovenko explores ancient images of heroes, prob-lematizing the theme of violence.

Al Hash's work reflects the path of identity search and episodes of the struggle for a fictional future that will destroy us all. Ilya Chernyshevskyi's practice is aimed at studying the body and relationship with it. He constructs objects, while deconstructing painting”.

Ksenia Malykh,

Exhibition Curator