At the Venice Biennale, Balancing Hope with National Interests
In their work, Open Group researches questions of interaction between people, artists, situation and common space.
For the project Exclusively for Internal Use, Open Group made an action-journey from Lviv, artists' home place, to the PinchukArtCentre in Kyiv. During the trip the artists explored ways of together living of unknown to each other people, forced to interact and to share common space. Every stage of the trip (in a tram, 2nd class carriage of the train and metro) was recorded through video, a photograph and edition of books. Contingent dialogues of people in the tram were restaged in a form of theatre settings. A long-lasting co-existence of people in the train was documented through the instantaneous collective photoshot, while the short trip in metro found its reflection in a book publication. Brought altogether, all these gestures fix social cut of our today and research our perception of time and shared experience.
Founded in Lviv in 2012, Open Group is a collaborative organization whose projects highlight sites for artistic expression and the relationship between artists and viewers. Featured in the Ukrainian Pavilion of the 2015 Venice Biennale, Open Group collaborates with artists to carve out temporary spaces to exhibit and produce art, creating a sort of roving residency and gallery. The organization’s primary concern is to enable meaningful spaces for artistic inquiry, as well as to spark discussions about how such temporary sites can prevail within the existing infrastructure.
Ukrainian, est. 2012