143 days after the start of the large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv, Ukraine) reopens its doors on July 17 with When Faith Moves Mountains. The large collective exhibition, presented in partnership and thanks to the M HKA and the Flemish Government, will focus on Ukraine as a country open to the world and will celebrate its relationship with Europe. Russian war crimes the exhibition is integrated into the context of When Faith Moves Mountains.
The exhibition When Faith Moves Mountains brings together selected works from the M HKA/Flemish Community collection, due to their emancipatory and empowering character. More than 40 works by international artists are on loan. Although the collection cannot be insured against war damage, the M HKA and the Flemish government have chosen to share resources and invest a significant part of their assets in Ukraine. They are shown in dialogue with works by Ukrainian artists, many of which were made during the war. The result is a space that invites us to feel, think and reflect beyond the immediate urgencies of war.
From the collection of the M HKA, which is part of the Collection of the Flemish Community, there are works by Huseyin Bahri Alptekin (Türkiye, 1957-2007), Francis Alys (Belgium, 1959), Babi Badalov (Azerbaijan, 1959), John Cox (Netherlands/Belgium, 1919-1980), Berlinde De Bruyckere (Belgium, 1964), Laura’s Jan (Belgium, 1978), Marlene Dumas (South Africa, 1953), John Fabre (Belgium, 1958), Sheela Gowda (India, 1957), Hiwa K (Iraq, 1975), Barbara Kruger (USA, 1945), Mark Lewis (Canada, 1958), Kerry James Marshall (USA, 1955), Almagul Menlibaeva (Kazakhstan, 1969), Mosquito Nastio (Angola, 1981), Otobong Nkanga (Nigeria, 1974), ORLAN (France, 1947), Guillaume Sasnal (Poland, 1972), Allan Sekula (United States, 1951-2013), Adrien Tirtiaux (Belgium, 1980) and Luc Tuymans (Belgium, 1958).
From Ukraine there are works of Oleksandre Burlaka (1982), Oksana Chepelyk (1961), Danylo Galkin (1985), Nikita Kadan (1982), Alevtina Kakhidze (1973), Lesia Khomenko (1980), Kinder-Album, Vlada Ralko (1969), Oleksi Sai (1975), Andriy Sagaidakovsky (1957), Evhen Samborsky (1984), Anna Zvyagintseva (1986) and the group of Yarema Malachchuk (1993) and Roman Khimei (1992). Most of their works were created during this war, displaying works that directly respond to and reflect current contexts.
Bjorn Geldhof, co-curator and artistic director of the PinchukArtCentre: “Opening an exhibition in Kyiv is essential for us. We have always worked for the Ukrainians and to be back after 6 months is very important. Our work continues and is even more relevant now that the war is on. It is a symbolic moment. Ukraine was recently welcomed into the European family, today one of the main European institutions shows strong support by sharing its work, at its own risk, with Ukraine. It is a gesture that Ukraine is Europe.
Bart DeBaereco-curator and Director of M KHA: “It is not by chance that Ukraine and its president attach importance to art, in these disastrous circumstances, and precisely because of them. Indeed, to such an extent art can engage both with the traumas of the moment and with horizons for the future and this is certainly the case in Ukraine, where artists have developed a unique ability to constructive criticism.
Russian war crimes
Organized by Bjorn Geldhof and Ksenia Malykh.
The photographs are taken from all over Ukraine from the beginning of the war until the beginning of July. Even so, they only address a fraction of known crimes. The Russian War Crimes culminates in a cinematic work by Oleksii Say, which collected 4,863 different verified images of Russian war crimes in Ukraine. The massive scale of this project combined with the aggressiveness of the editing and the sound force a permanent state of shock.
Russian war crimes is organized by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation and the PinchukArtCentre in partnership with the Office of the President of Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Ukrainska Pravda and the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers.