254. sculpture. july 2014

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Sculpture inspired by the illegal Art Action “254” 

As a part of the project “Postcards from Maidan,” artists visited hospitals to speak with those who were injured during the protests between the 18-20 of February 2014 in Kiev. The main objective of the project was to attempt at supporting the protesters, who ended up as the victims of an authoritarian government. An equally important part of the project was to show who took part in the protests, how different the views of its participants were, as well as their identity and history.

The talks between the artists and protest participants in Kiev hospitals lasted for more than two months after the events of 18-20 February 2014. During these meetings, and even after, the artists created works in various media: drawings, objects, photography, and video. Some of the works were given to the protesters – which was a gentle and effective way of providing moral support in the shared fight.

Each of the artists who participated in the project, was in one way or another involved in the fight: some were members of the self-defense forces, some were volunteers in medical facilities, and others were preparing and handing out meals, including hot drinks around Maidan, and in general, everyone was coming to Maidan at different times and for different reasons. The various experiences of people with whom talks were held inside the hospitals are all different, but nonetheless equally valuable. Statements of the artists during final works on the project, about their own participation in this winter’s events, complete the project.

The exhibition at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle presented works that were implemented during the project, documentation of meetings in the hospitals as well as stories of the artists and protesters.

Curator Lesya Prokopenko, Marek Goździewski
Kyiv Platform for Contemporary Art, Centre for Contemporary Art,
Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland