Form of Preservation

On July 16, 2019, at 6.30 pm, welcome to the opening of the exhibition at the Living-Room Café and a conference room at the Center for Urban History "Form of Preservation".

Gratings, in their elementary form of crossed lines, do not contain any decorative peculiarities. They look harsh and brutal. They evoke associations with danger and isolation. Decorating them, use of expensive materials, design, and search for new and more complicated ways to implement them makes them a tool for physical protection, but also a means to cultivate and preserve one’s own identity.

For Tanas Nykyforuk, a primary structure of gratings loses its relevance in front of the aesthetic value. For him, a thorough photographing of gates and forged elements on Lviv buildings is a form of preservation to prevent their loss through documenting their image.

Unlike Nykyforuk’s approach, photography by Serhiy Bratkovsky is emotional and reflective. The series of his works was implemented under the ironic name "May there always be sun; May there always be mom." It seems to disclose the two-facedness of Soviet reality. For the author the sun-like grating on the windows and on the doors were symbols of cultural isolation built on deceit. The sun framed in the metal grating sheltered the windows of buildings from any truth to get in, such as the real sun.

Exhibition "Form of Preservation" is part of the Public history program and the [unarchiving] project of the Urban Media Archive that promotes and actualizes the issues of archival heritage among the public, and uses archive materials in non-academic forms and formats.

Exhibition team:
Oleksandr Makhanets, project coordinator for "Urban Media Archive"
Viktoria Panas, assistant at public history programs

Consultants:
Bohdan Shumylovych, project coordinator for "Urban Media Archive"
Iryna Matsevko, coordinator of public history projects

Information support: Maryana Mazurak