Portraits that Speak

"Portraits that Speak" is a new series of graphic works created by David Chichkan as part of a creative residency at the Bereznytsky Foundation.

Portraits that Speak

Exhibition by Davyd Chychkan

25.11 — 24.12.2020

Tuesday — Saturday, 11 a.m. — 8 p.m.

Portraits that Speak is Davyd Chychkan's personal project created within the framework of the artist-in-residence program at Bereznitsky Art Foundation.

This project is a part of his on-going research on the texts of Ukrainian intellectuals of the modernism era. For Portraits that Speak Davyd created a series of alternative hryvnia banknotes (Ukrainian currency). On these "banknotes" Chychkan depicted portraits of Lesya Ukrainka and Ivan Franko as well as some quotes from their works, which, according to the artist, reflect their political views based on social and economical equality.

In this way, the artist once again draws attention to the emancipatory theses of the visionaries of the progressive Ukrainian social project, which remain revolutionary today.

In the works from the series Portraits that Speak Davyd Chychkan uses quotes from Lesya Ukrainka's An Ancient Tale (1893) and In the Catacombs (1905), preface from Lesia Ukrainka's translation of By What Do We Live? by Szymon Dickstein (1900) and her letter to Agatangel Krymskiy (1906), and also quotes from Ivan Franko's pamphlet What is Socialism? (1878).

Davyd Chychkan (1986) is a Ukrainian contemporary artist who has been consistently working with socio-critical art, using his practice as an instrument for social transformation. His mediums include graphics, painting, street-art, and performance. Among his personal projects are: During the War (ArtSvit Gallery, Dnipro, 2016) and The Lost Opportunity (Visual Cultural Research Centre, Kyiv, 2017). Recently, Davyd Chychkan has participated in several international projects, among which are exhibitions Between Fire and Fire: Ukrainian Art Now (Vienna, Austria, 2019), Biennale Warszawa (Warsaw, Poland, 2018), Permanent revolution (Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, 2018), The Kyiv International — Kyiv Biennial 2017 (Visual Cultural Research Centre, Kyiv, 2017), 5th Odesa Biennale of Contemporary Art (Museum of Modern Art MoOMA, Odesa, 2017). Davyd Chychkan lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine.

With the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation.


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