NMG@PRAKTIKA_Marynka Dovhanych: Wrath & Sorrow
Klub Kocka Gallery, Youth Center Split, Ulica slobode 28
OPENING: Thursday, July 13th 2022. at 8pm
ABOUT THE WORK:
The young Ukrainian author Marynka Dovhanych will tell us a painful story about the current conflicts between Russia and Ukraine. Through animation and graphics, she will describe her honest and personal approach to the universal theme of insecurity, grief and suffering.
“War makes us feel new and unexpected things. It seems like we inherited this hidden emotional range as a part of our built-in survival mechanisms.
This project is a documentation of the changes and challenges Russia’s full-scale invasion forces Ukrainians through. Combining animation and prose, created in response to the events of the war, the artist formed an audiovisual diary – a window into what is going on in the mind of an average Ukrainian.
Marynka explores her wartime experiences, interlacing personal memories with cultural and historical reflections. This series covers events at different points in time during the past 17 months. The viewer should keep in mind that the artist’s emotional reactions vary across the timeline, as she adapts to the new reality. The video series is split into eight chapters, each describing a different aspect of the war. These chapters build up a multi-layered understanding of the existential fight against the advances of a deranged empire from the standpoint of a civilian on the defending side.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Marynka Dovhanych (born in 1994 in Kaniv, Ukraine) is an artist and animated film director. She graduated from the National Academy of Fine Art And Architecture in Kyiv, with an MA in architecture and an additional qualification in fine art. Marynka currently lives and works in Vyshhorod, Ukraine.
Up until 2022, her art explored such themes as the body and athletic pursuit, local Ukrainian myths, and traditions.
Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, her focus shifted to artistic documentation of the individual and societal changes Ukrainians are undergoing in the face of war, as well as to problematizing and reevaluating aspects of Ukrainian culture and history.
CURATOR: Katarina Duplančić
NMG CURATORIAL TEAM: Katarina Duplančić, Natasha Kadin, Vedran Perkov
DESIGN: Nikola Križanac
TRANSLATION: Katarina Duplančić
DOCUMENTATION: Glorija Lizde
SETUP: Jakov Leskur
DONORS: Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia, City of Split
MAVENA SUPPORTED BY: Kultura nova
SPECIAL THANKS TO: KUM, MKC, PDM, Cine club Split, Croatian Association of Visual Artists, Culture Hub Croatia, QueerANarchive, Youth Center Platform