Flash of Today, the project of the graduates and students of the Contemporary art school in Kyiv opens October 28 at the Zenko Foundation art space in Tatariv.
Flash of Today project is presented as part of Zenko Foundation’s new branch of activity, i.e. work with institutions engaging young artists. The foundation believes that for the development of Ukrainian contemporary art it is necessary to provide opportunities for young artists to show themselves to the world.
Curator Viktoria Burlaka about the project:
“Metamorphoses of the time make up a very relevant topic. Time is real, it is physically accelerating, which leads to acceleration in the rhythm of human existence – a lot has been said and written about that. Information flow is picking up the pace – yesterday’s scandalous news are hopelessly outdated today and of no concern to anyone. Constant devaluation of everything happening, important only in the form of news – i.e., something that happened today – leads to another paradox in feeling time. It is being “blinded” with the present, oblivious of the past and ignorant of the future. On the one hand, it is the conscious presence in here-and-now that all urban workaholics desire as something impossible, and there is nothing wrong with it. However, when the linear “arrow of time” where the points of “yesterday”, “today” and “tomorrow” used to exist is transformed into mythological cyclical time, into Uroboros’ tail, we become immersed in “today”. This becomes even more obvious if we look at modus vivendi of young generations of hedonists and consumers who are currently between 20 and 30 years of age… They are as if cut off from historical context and long-term prospects. For them, the main thing is to enjoy the moment and comply with current trends, and they know everything about that… It might seem that truthful depiction of time, the fullest possible revelation of the moment is the supertask and gist of the art of nowadays. The synonym of reality is the present, and this is the moral imperative of contemporary art. It blinds you, causing certain distortion in your vision: whatever is relevant is good. The present is perceived as an insight, as an aha-moment… The priority of the present is reflected in most trends of contemporary art, even in abstract expressionism, which paints the pure presence of here-and-now. Today, when the dictate of the present has spread everywhere, its reflection in art is not a given positive – sometimes we want depth and contrast. Because even according to the laws of visual perception we need background to see the figure. Present is perceived as such only when compared with a past or a prognostic aspect…
The problem of the present for young generation of Ukrainian art stays relevant as in our society it always slides out and stays under a big question mark. Reality is a trauma for us. A trauma of revolutions and war, veiled by the joy of consuming news and other goods… We live in the age of change and unpredictability – both political and economic, which just won’t come to an end. So we mostly perceive the present on the plane of feelings, not reflection, living between dream and frustration – whether it has become “good” or “bad”, “better” or “worse”. The young generation which appeared ten years ago tried to study social conscience in-depth and talked more about the rudiments of “yesterday”. It was about the “transitive” nature of post-Soviet society, about a transition period “from nowhere to nowhere”. Today, socially oriented artists are abandoning post-Soviet moods, but the restless time of transition lingers on. And the trauma, the nerve of the present, just as before, is rooted in social conscience and not in doubtful material reality, far from any European standards. The destruction, as a classical author once pointed out, keeps remaining in the heads. All pink glasses and habitual sense filters making the present expressive and understandable have been taken off, and the things happening start “burning” the retina… “
Contemporary Art School is an institution aimed at discovering and supporting new names in visual arts. Except its educational program, another goal is step-by-step, consistent professional socialization of young artists. A priority for School development is organizing exhibitions.
Zenko Foundation supports young artists and such projects.
Curators: Viktoria Burlaka, Alisa Grishanova
Artists: Yulia Kysel, Alyona Kyrpa, Oleksandra Dotsok, Nadia Storozhenko, Anton Logov, Vasyl Ravlyuk, Oleksiy Pavlusenko, Oleksiy Burdiy, Anna Royenko, Tandem group (Valentyn Chorny, Maria Bondarenko), Olena Lukyanova, Evgenia Antonova, Stan Kvitko, Natalya Mysak, Anna Legenka, Artur Mloyan, Nazar Mostovyi, Karina Gromova, Viktoria Lykholyot, Maria Proshkovska, Anna Miroshnychenko, Anna Kostyuk