The Ukrainian Week offers a selection of events to attend in March
March 15 – 26, 12 p.m.
Contemporary Art of Israel
The Institute of Contemporary Art
(18d, vul. Konovaltsia, Kyiv
Kyiv will soon see an original show presenting video art from Israeli artists. The project involves seven artists, including the well-known ones, such as Sigalit Landau, Nevet Yitzhak, Ran Slavin and Michel Platnik, and new names, such as Raida Adon, Tzion Abraham Hazan and Tamar Hirschfeld. The show will reveal the complexity and the range of problems in the development of countries at the modern epoch of wars and conflicts. It can also draw some parallels between the lives of Ukrainians and Israelis – not only in terms of the territorial conflict, but in terms of history and identity.
March 16 – 31, 7 p.m.
Ukrainian New Wave
Kyiv Art Center
(19, vul. Velyka Vasylkivska, Kyiv)
Ukrainian big screens are about to feature some of the country’s top short films as part of the Ukrainian New Wave. 20/16+ festival. The premier night will be on March 16. Launched in 2012 as an initiative of the Oleksandr Dovzhenko Film Studio, the project continues to introduce the best short films by young Ukrainian directors to the audience, as short listed or awarded at Ukrainian and international film festivals. This year’s list of movies includes Dim (Home), Chornohora (The Black Mount), Krovianka (Blood Suasage), Zahubleni (Lost), Golden Love, and Skaz (Rage).
Mar. 17 – Apr. 2
(2-B, vul. Naberezhno-Luhova, Kyiv)
Whoever wants more spring light can come and charge their personal batteries at this show. It will feature huge ceramic panels and miniature pieces, as well as other items of art. The collection includes works by contemporary artists and pieces from older private collections. Most importantly, they all have a story to tell – through a variety of shapes and colors.
Spring is in the air: you don’t have to take a plane to Amsterdam to enjoy the vibrant canvass of tulips. The festival of these flowers is no less beautiful in Ukraine. The show will offer a huge variety of tulips, from Librije and White Liberstar to Matchpoint, Barbados, Flash Point, Pretty Princess, Ice Cream and Queensland. In addition to the ocean of flowers, the guests will have a chance to participate in workshops and taste good food and drinks.
Through March 23
Nowhere and everywhere
(1, vul. Lavrska, Kyiv)
The show by Yevhenia Antonova is the opening episode of the series of personal projects by the graudates of the Kyiv-based School of Contemporary Art. The series will feature works by young artists who are shaping Ukraine’s art space. Nowhere and everywhere is a project of deep and expressive images. The artist brings forward her worldview through abstract, deserted and meditational landscapes. Her intensity of color is impressive, the symbols and multilayer structure of the pieces striking.
March 24, 8 p.m.
(37-41, vul. Sichovykh Striltsiv, Kyiv)
The British duo of Ukrainian-born twin sisters will soon play a show in Kyiv. Anna and Sonya Kupriyenko have built successful music and modeling careers in London where critics often describe them as the next Portishead. The girls describe their style as dark pop, play the flute, piano and harmonica. They plan to learn to play the guitar and drums. Their accomplishments in music already include three digital singles, as well as Get Up, Stand Up, a cover of Bob Marley’s song to support the EuroMaidan.
On May 16, Ukrainian filmmaker currently jailed in Russia as a political prisoner went on a hunger strike. In a public letter he wrote that he would only stop the strike if all 64 Ukrainian prisoners jailed in Russia for politically-motivated grounds are released
The opposition in Ukraine is mostly reactive and it chooses actions that will be most useful for criticizing the current Administration or gaining the attention of a specific part of the electorate. What Ukraine needs most right now is a consolidating program and a party that could present its own alternative for the country