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Imagine Ukraine is an ambitious project that aims to reach out beyond the immediate urgencies, however pressing those continue to be. It wants to open up to the larger reflection and longer-term perspective that is needed for the future. Europe needs an enhanced focus on Ukraine, its concreteness and complexity, its possibilities and flight lines. Our joint understanding needs to grow.
The project is launched through three exhibitions, curated by Bart De Baere and Björn Geldhof, starting from the works of Ukrainian artists in the collection of the Flemish Community, presented at M HKA, Bozar and the European Parliament. These are the starting points to initiate a reflective space about the past, present and future of Ukraine as a part of Europe. In the European Parliament the perspective is that of the artist as a witness, in Bozar the tension between big narratives and the reality of human lives, in M HKA art as a critical mind.
With works by:
Sergey Bratkov, Davyd Chychkan, Nikita Kadan, Nikolay Karabinovych and Alevtina Kakhidze; with a new mural drawing by Anna Scherbyna; and with videos of young Ukrainian artists: Yarema Malashchuk and Roman Himey, Daniil Revkovskiy and Andriy Rachinsliy, Dana Kavelina, Nikolay Karabinovych, and Yana Bačynska, introduced with a video of the song Hug Me by Svyatoslav Vakarchuk and Akustikos Art Group