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An exhibition of posters created by artists and graphic designers who were forced to leave their homes due to military aggression and became temporarily displaced within the country. They have created wartime posters to fight the propaganda of the aggressor. The featured artists are part of a collective formed around an artist - run residency which used to be held in Biruchiy, on the Sea of Azov, now occupied territory. The group has re-organised and the exhibition is touring different international venues to raise awareness of the situation of artists and artist-run organisations in Ukraine.
Image credit: Dasha Podoltseva, 2022
“The artists show the reflections of the collective grief, despair, unbearable pain, sorrow and, at the same time, the willingness to fight and win. It is a cry for help, a declaration of our indomitable spirit and bravery, with elements of bitter irony and truth about specific events and war crimes,” says Olena Speranska, exhibition curator and director of the international residency programme Biruchiy.
Image credit: Nastya Gaydaenko, 2022
The Biruchiy contemporary art residency, implemented by the public organisation Union of Contemporary Art Researchers, was founded in 2006. In its 17 years of existence, more than 300 artists and 14 art groups from 19 countries have participated.
Nastya Gaydaenko, Oleksandr Grekhov, Mykola Honcharov, Zukentiy Horobyov, Katya Lisova, Dasha Podoltseva, Oleksiy Sai, Nikita Shylimov, Nikita Titov, Albina Yaloza
The exhibition also includes posters from the Artists for Ukraine series by: Mariana Fantich, Igor Gusev, Lesja Khomenko, Marcel Onisko, Nikita Kravtsov, Kateryna Lysovenko
Organised by Olena Speranska, Biruchy, Gennadii Kozub, Susanne Clausen, Pavlo Kerestey
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31 October - 23 Febuary, 2023
10am - 4pm
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