ICA-Sofia Gallery
34, Vasil Levski Blvd Sofia, Bulgaria, CO 1504

Zhanna Kadyrova

Artist Talk with Zhanna Kadyrova

Откриване: 5:00 pm
Kalin Serapionov
Zhanna Kadyrova was born (1981) in Brovary, Kyiv region, Ukraine, where she currently lives and works. Member of the R.E.P. group (Revolutionary Experimental Space). After graduating from the Taras Shevchenko State Art School in 1999, she received the Kazimir Malevich Award and the Grand Prize of the Kyiv Sculpture Project (both in 2012). She has been awarded the ‘Special Award’ (2011), ‘Main Award’ (2013) and ‘Special Award’ of Future Generation International (2014), all from the Pinchuk Art Centre in Kyiv.

From the very beginning, Kadyrova’s practice has been linked to various disciplines such as sculpture, photography, video, performance. It is characterized by a thorough focus on the place and space of the exhibition. In her work, the problem of context unravels to reveal the rhythm of History in Motion - that of a world whose multiple layers disappear behind its immediacy. Often deviating from the aesthetic canons of the socialist ideal still present in the legacy of modern Ukraine, Kadyrova’s perspective is partially informed by the plastic and symbolic values ​​of urban building materials. Thus, ceramics, glass, stone and concrete fall into the spotlight of her creativity. 

Kadyrova was working on several specific projects when Russia’s war against Ukraine began in February 2022. This drastically changed all her plans. From her new home in the Carpathian Mountains, she began work on the humanitarian project PALIANYTSIA, which has already been exhibited around the world (Italy, Germany, Norway, Japan, France, USA, Sweden, Austria, Georgia, Romania, Thailand, and India). Zhanna returned to Kiev to create works about the war, which were presented as part of her first major retrospective, opened at the Kunstverein Hannover (Germany). Another major exhibition “Flying Trajectories” was shown at the Pinchuk Art Center in Kyiv (Ukraine) from June 2023.
“Art is perceived as a ’civilized activity’”, she said at the time. “Well, war is uncivilized, a matter of brutal killing and raping, and nothing the civilized world has created, such as dialogue, helps. I use real violence to create art,” (Quote from Charlotte Higgins’ article “This is our reality’: Ukrainian artist puts bomb-torn roads into gallery”, The Guardian, 30/10/2023) https://www.theguardian.com/.../ukrainian-artist-bomb...

Част от годишната програма на ИСИ-София "Суперпозиции 3"*. Програмата се ръководи от принципа, че интердисциплинарността е основен вектор в съвременната художествена практика. Поредицата изложби разглеждат връзките между изкуство и полета като: политика/поетика; наука и технологии; популярна култура; пол и социални движения; екология и миграции.

* Суперпозиция е фундаментален принцип на квантовата физика, според който всяка елементарна частица, съществува частично във всичките си теоретично възможни състояния едновременно; но когато се измерва или наблюдава, дава резултат, кореспондиращ на само една възможна конфигурация.

Годишният цикъл изложби "Суперпозиции 3" се реализира с финансовото съдействие на Програмата за подкрепа на професионални организации в областта на изкуството на Национален фонд Култура Logo NCF BG 4web copy

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