Embraces. The project is part of the exhibition Ukraine. A different angle on neighbourhood

Embraces. The project is part of the exhibition Ukraine. A different angle on neighbourhood
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One of the events accompanying the exhibition Ukraine. A different angle on neighbourhood is the project Embracing Monika Drożyńska (Poland) and Łada Nakoneczna (Ukraine). Both artists met in the spaces of the National Art Museum of Ukraine to work on an installation that reflects the closeness of Poland and Ukraine.

The artistic practices of Drożyńska and Nakoneczna revolve around the observation of social experiences in Ukraine, Poland and Europe captured by the filters of the global economy, nationality, language and body. The Embraces project is a combination of installation and performance - the artists worked separately, after agreeing only on the color and size of the materials, and the theme of their work was the proximity of both countries, the history and present of Poland and Ukraine seen from the perspective of their neighbors, with a reflection on the current possibilities of communication.
The project was presented on September 25 at the National Art Museum of Ukraine in Kiev. The resulting installation will enter the exhibition of the International Cultural Center in Krakow.

The project was implemented thanks to the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Fund.

Monika Drożyńska (born in 1979 in Nowy Sącz) - embroiderer, activist, visual artist. Graduate and PhD student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. He is interested in non-normative techniques, which he researches with the help of hand embroidery on fabric. She collaborated, among others with the Zachęta National Gallery of Art, the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Vienna, the Center for Fine Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels. Her works are in the collections of the National Museum in Krakow, the MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, and in the Deutsche Bank Collection and the Doron Sebbag Art Collection. Scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture and participant of the Visegrad Artist Residency Program; founder of the "School of embroidery for ladies and gentlemen, Golden Hands."

Łada Nakoneczna (born in 1981 in Dniepropawłowsko) - visual artist. Her works, often realized in the form of installations with the use of drawings, photographs and text, pay attention to the principles of cognition and reveal fixed aspects of visual and verbal structures. Co-editor of Prostory.net.ua on art, literature and politics. From 2008, a member of the Chudrada curatorial and activist collective, and from 2005 a member of the R.E.P. She exhibited her works, among others at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, the MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, the National Museum of Art of Ukraine in Kiev, PinchukArtCentre in Kiev, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg and Kunsthall Trondheim. He lives and works in Kiev.
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