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Zhanna Kadryova, Untitled, 2014, wallpaper, burned brick wall segments. Installation view. From “Fear and Hope.”

“Fear and Hope”

PinchukArtCentre

Zhanna Kadryova, Untitled, 2014, wallpaper, burned brick wall segments. Installation view. From “Fear and Hope.”

Last winter, Kiev was the locus of social and political upheaval that sought to break Ukraine’s long tradition of the few (elite politicians) making decisions and controlling common resources for the sake of their own interests. The exhibition “Fear and Hope” recalls the indelible mark these events have left on anyone who lived through them, as expressed by Nikita Kadan, Zhanna Kadyrova, and Artem Volokitin, the three winners so far of the biannual PinchukArtCentre Prize for Ukrainian artists. It also demonstrates that in Ukraine, social and political relations have changed little following the widespread experience of horizontal self-organization during the Maidan protests, which started last year. Accepting without question the traditional hierarchical relations between artist and public, Kadan, Kadyrova, and Volokitin each attempt to incorporate the potentially transformative

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