Armed and Dangerous is a project-platform that brings together a group of artists and film directors working on the intersection of contemporary art and experimental cinema. Artist Mykola Ridnyi proposed that the project take the form of a video series devoted to the militarisation of society and, in particular, the attitude of youth to violence and weapons. The staged and documentary scenes were shot during parties, walks, and everyday situations around the city, which the author and his friends encountered. These scenes form the basis of the first episodes in the series. The images attempt to reflect the fragile condition of Ukrainian society, which is undergoing external military intervention in the East whilst also experiencing internal disruptions caused by ultra-right movements. The subject seeking an emancipated society in an aggressively conservative environment is reflected in the interrelation of everyday life, the Internet and cinema.
Exhibition Details:Artists: Piotr Armianovski, Stanislav Bytiutskyi, Elias Parvulesco, Oksana Kazmina, Alina Kleitman, Valentyna Petrova, Sashko Protyah, Oleksiy Radynsky, Daniil Revkovskiy, Mykola Ridnyi, Philip Sotnychenko, Anna Sherbina, Fantastic Little Splash.
Curators: Kateryna Filyuk and Mykola RidnyiDate: January 31, at 7 PM
Address: IZONE Creative Community; 8 Naberezhno-Luhova St.; Floor 2
Partners of the project:
YermilovCentre is established in March 2012, YermilovCentre of Modern Art is currently one of the largest and most dynamic centres of modern art in Ukraine. YermilovCentre is located in the main building of Karazin Kharkiv National University. The university has 20th century architectural heritage listed building. The centre interior space design project was created by Kharkiv designers Ihor Ostapenko, Inna Pedan, Andrii Hvorostyanov. The 1500 sq.m. multilayer two-floor space of the centre provides unique opportunities for creating and presenting art projects.
IZOLYATSIA is a non-profit, non-governmental platform for cultural initiatives, founded on the territory of a former insulation materials factory Donetsk in 2010 and IZOLYATSIA is the name inherited from the factory. After the seizure of the territory of IZOLYATSIA in June 2014 by armed representatives of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" , the institution moved to Kyiv. However, the problematic of the Donbas region still remains a focus of IZOLYATSIA programme activity. The mission of the IZOLYATSIA foundation is to inspire positive change in Ukraine through culture, to create conditions for networking and the emergence of new players in the cultural environment. The Foundation's activities are aimed, in the majority, at the new Ukrainian generation, working in the creative and cultural sectors.
The Ukrainian Cultural Foundation is a state-owned institution created in 2017 in correspondence with the Law of Ukraine with aim to facilitate development of culture and arts in Ukraine, to provide favourable environment for development of intellectual and spiritual potential of individuals and society, wide access for the citizens to national cultural heritage, to support cultural diversity and integration of the Ukrainian culture into the world cultural space. The Ukrainian Cultural Foundation supports projects through a competitive selection process. Activities of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation are guided and coordinated by the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine.
The main media partner of the project is media-platform Zaborona.