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Opening of the exhibition – November 23, 2022. Closing – February 15, 2023.
Curators: Susan Landau, Svetlana Reingold
MUZA Museum General Director – Ami Katz
MUZA Chief Curator Dr. Debi Hershman
The monstrous war in Ukraine that began in February 2022 continues unabated with no end in sight. The ruthless Russian invasion of Ukraine is claiming more and more innocent civilian lives, but has not paralyzed the country's creative powers. Despite the fact that most of the artists were forced to leave Ukraine, they continue to create, despite the difficulties of circumstances and the scarcity of funds, and consider their work as part of the struggle for their homeland.
The idea to organize an exhibition as a tribute to the Ukrainian people in the face of horrors war arose spontaneously. And gradually the exhibition turned into an artistic document, documenting the war and describing what is happening in Ukraine from the point of view of the artists participating in this exhibition, declaring that the world is mostly indifferent to what is happening, turning a blind eye to many crimes.
Prepared in a matter of months on a very limited budget and time, We No Longer Feel the Future showcases the work of 12 notable artists living and working in Ukraine. Most of them found refuge for a while in various European countries, but many returned back to Ukraine. They accepted an invitation to take part in this exhibition at the Tel Aviv Eretz Israel Museum, believing that in this way they could contribute to raising the world's awareness of what was happening in their country. The exhibition also features Israeli artist Zoya Cherkasskaya, originally from Ukraine, presenting a series of anti-war works.
Participants of the exhibition: Zoya Cherkasskaya, Zhanna Kadyrova, Alevtina Kakhidze, Lesya Khomenko, Yulia Krivich, Katya Libkind, Varvara Logvin, Lada Nakonechnaya, Oksana Nevmerzhitskaya, Marina Stanko, Elena Subach, Anna Voitenko.
Works – painting, photography, drawing, video – relate to political, feminist and social issues, through the prism of which the artists look at the hopeless present – the loss of life, pain and helplessness in the face of ongoing war. The exhibition sheds light on critical art dealing with political, social and feminist issues resurfaced during the current war.
Title of the exhibition “We have no more future” taken from a work by Elena Subach featured in the exhibition. According to the artist, this phrase is repeated again and again
in the conversation of today's Ukrainians – those who remained in Ukraine and those who left their homes and Motherland.
Amy Katz, general director of the museum, said at the presentation of the exhibition for journalists: “This exhibition is a tribute to the Ukrainian people in the days of the horrific war. There is a tendency in the world to hush up the horrors of modern wars and the war in Ukraine – that is no exception. The role of cultural institutions is to show solidarity with civil society, which has suffered enormous damage, with cultural values and, most importantly – with all affected people. The opportunity to provide a platform for this bold art, for those who seek to express their pain and protest, is a great honor for MUZA.
“The war in Ukraine is destroying the culture of this country. The scope and scale of what is happening, the bombing of museums, the loss and destruction of many works of art led to the fact that the UNESCO organization declared Ukrainian culture as endangered. According to the UNESCO data of 240 cultural institutions of Ukraine, irreparable harm was done to 13 large museums of Ukraine. Curators Susan Landau and Svetlana Reingold approached MUZA with the idea of holding a “protest exhibition of support,” says Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Museum Dr. Debi Hershman. “Despite the fact that we had little time to prepare the exhibition and the fact that Ukrainian artists were forced to leave Ukraine for other countries, we managed to accept this creative challenge, cope with the task and present their works at this important exhibition.” .
“It was important for us to pay special attention to the work of women artists, to female images and their national community in the conflict post-Soviet era; on their reactions to what is happening in society, which was in the process of searching for identity. The place of women in these processes became clear only in the early 2000s, after a long period of restrictions and even oppression, the suppression of feminist themes. It was only then, in the early 2000s, that Ukrainian artists began to create critical art dedicated to political, social, and feminist issues, issues that have received a new reflection in the light of the current war,” say exhibition curators Susan Landau and Svetlana Reingold.
The grand opening of the exhibition will take place on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at 7:30 pm with the communion of artists Zhanna Kadyrova and Varvara Logvin.
At the opening ceremony of the exhibition, artist Varvara Logvin will recreate a performance she performed two months ago on Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square in Kyiv) and will recreate her paintings in the style of traditional Ukrainian painting on metal anti-tank “hedgehogs” that will be placed on the square next to gallery that hosts the exhibition We No Longer Feel the Future. In recent years, this square has become a measure of the social and political pulse of Ukraine, a symbol of its independence in confrontation with Russia. In late 2013, Maidan became the center of demonstrations against the government's decision not to conclude an economic agreement with the European Union. The wave of those demonstrations was called “Euromaidan”. The demonstrations continued and grew into a broad wave of protests, the center of which was still the square, and which led to a change of power in Ukraine.
We No Longer Feel the Future will run until early February 2023. The exhibition takes place in the ha-Migdal pavilion
MUZA opening hours: Monday and Wednesday – from 10:00 to 16:00, Tuesday and Thursday – from 10:00 to 20:00, on Fridays – from 10:00 to 14:00, on Saturdays – from 10:00 to 18:00.
Sunday – closed.
The exhibition will run until February 15.
Ticket price – 52 shekels.
Entrance for children under 18 is free.
Entrance for students – 35 NIS
Entrance for soldiers – 26 NIS
Entrance for pensioners – 26 NIS
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