The PinchukArtCentre presents the 7th PAC-UA project – an exhibition by Ukrainian artist Zhanna Kadyrova. “Crowd” is a new series of works by Kadyrova especially created for the PinchukArtCentre. It is composed of glass panels containing collages made of newspapers clips. She uses newspapers from all over the world – Ukraine, Poland, Austria, China, India, etc. – issued in the period from January to June 2012. It is the beginning of an ongoing project that will last till December 2012.
Taking one newspaper, she cuts out portraits of all people seen on its pages, re-composes them, juxtaposing people of different social status, political position or religion side by side. Papers from different countries lose all reference to text and language apart from the title of the paper which “frames” the faces in a geographical culture context. This ongoing archival process reflects on media strategies, marking globalization of mediatized images.
Zhanna Kadyrova, artist: “I work with reality and I only reveal things that have always existed. These are my observations, which I reveal afterwards. Everything I do is all about our time, about our reality.”
Bjorn Geldhof, artistic manager of the PinchukArtCentre: “With “Crowd” Kadyrova initiates a new step in her artistic practice where she reflects in a deeper way on the idea of the production through an archival process in a combination with critical understanding of the idea of image and how image is used today within media, within mass media, within mass culture.”
The exhibition is open on the 5th floor from June 27 to August 19, 2012.
PAC-UA is a special program line to present new produced works of Ukrainian artists embedded in the context of the Collection Platform, aiming to research ongoing artistic processes within the country and support strong and long-term collaboration between the PinchukArtCentre and the artists. With its project, PinchukArtCentre presents a dynamic and flexible program for Ukrainian artists that is showcased on the 5th floor for a period of one month. Since its launch in 2011, the exhibitions by Vasyl Tsagolov, Arsen Savadov,
Oleksandr Roytburd, Iliya Chichkan, Mykola Matsenko, and Pavlo Makov were showcased at the PAC-UA.
On June 27, 2012, at 19:00 Zhanna Kadyrova and Tanya Kochubinska, participant of the PinchukArtCentre’s Curatorial Platform, will lead the PAC-UA Talk dedicated to Crowd project. The event will take place in the PAC-UA space on the 5th floor of the art centre.
Zhanna Kadyrova graduated from Taras Shevchenko State Art School, Kyiv. She works with various media: photography, painting, drawing and sculpture, but she is particularly known for her sculptural works in the public space. Nominated for the PinchukArtCentre Prize in 2009, she became the first Special Prize Winner of the PinchukArtCentre in 2011 with her “Asphalt” works. Kadyrova is a member of the R.E.P. group and Penoplast musical performance group. She has elaborated her own recognizable artistic style distinguished by using fractured tiles.