At the beginning of September 2023, we plan to launch the next edition of FRIENDS. The collection contains some surprises. In the meantime, we would like to remind you about the previous editions of the program, which was created in 2019.
We still have excellent works available from our previous editions, both individual as well as entire collections. From 2019 with Katarzyna Kozyra’s works, 2020 with artists from the Visegrad region and 2021 with Ukrainian, Belarusian and Polish artists.
We recommend checking out specifically the works from the last edition, which we believe is a very relevant and moving collection. Examples of works include:
Zhanna Kadyrova [Ukraine]
The Animalier series (2020) was made during the artist’s stay in Santa Croce sull’Arno in Tuscany, a region of Italy specialized in the processing of animal skins for the luxury and fashion industry. Transgression, inherent to the works, manifests a tension between nature and society – the imbalance which leads to the traditional roles reversal. In times of ecological crisis, endangered predators become more helpless than their herbivorous prey, while humans – superpredators at the top of the food chain – should think harder about their own vulnerability and elusiveness of the world as we know it.
Marina Naprushkina [Belarus]
The work August (2020) relates to the peaceful revolution in Belarus, which started in the summer of 2020. It consists of two parts. One of the photos from the diptych shows the woman’s fist with a folded banner. This is a self-portrait that the artist took during the Sunday demonstrations in August 2020 in Minsk. The other shows one of the Exercise Books with the question “How long?” written in it. The artist writes the strongest slogans (solidarity is our weapon, pensioners for change, join!, strike) of the resistance movement in Belarus in the exercise books. The drawing in the exercise book is made in the form of embroidery, referring to female work which often remains anonymous.
Elena Subach [Ukraine]
The work comes from the series entitled Grandmothers on the Edge of Heaven.
In the modern world with rapidly developing technologies, the gap between generations is increasing rapidly. Nowadays, our grandmothers and we are separated not by two generations, but by an abyss. […] It seems to me that they are so full of memories of the past that nothing of the present can simply fit into this fullness. They are among us now, but not really because their consciousness is already awaiting the approaching moment to step outside the bounds of life and find themselves at the gates of Heaven, in which they desperately believe. […] I do not want to mistrust them at all, I only want to hug them and say that there is nothing to be afraid of and they are absolutely right.
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