September, 7 - November, 30, 2017
Exhibition combines reflections of the artist Nikita Kadan, historians, and other scholars on the subjects of contested issues of the past, particularly those connected with the crime of the Nazis and Stalinism, ethnic cleansings and other acts of violence in the 1930-1940s.
The 20th century heritage includes, among others, thousands of unmarked graves and millions of the murdered bodies. Their names often remain unknown. Even when they are known, they are mostly staying within family stories. Unnamed in numbers, they become symbols and objects of memories, policies, and studies. The exhibition the "(un)named" aims to provide an impetus for broader reflection and the process of processing traumatic and unspoken topics about our past.
The basis for the exhibition is made of the works by Nikita Kadan including the three series: "Cronicles," "Pogrom," and the "National Landscape." Nikita uses artistic reflection over photographs of victims of the most dreadful mass crimes of the 20th century to address the issues of violence, victims and players; the observers and the observed.
The exhibition is special in the fact that it includes reflections of researchers, mostly historians, but also representatives of such fields as philosophy, anthropology, psychiatry, literature, law, and visual studies. These are the authors from Ukraine, USA, Poland, UK, Germany, and the Netherlands who work with the sources, who analyze the problems of violence and engage in ongoing discussions on the subjects in different countries and in different languages.
Nikita Kadan was born in Kyiv in 1982. In 2007, he graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture where he studied at the department of pictorial art in the workshop of monumental art under the supervision of Prof. M.A. Storozhenko. He is author of sculptures and installations, paintings and graphics. He is member of the group of artists "Р.Е.П." (Revolutionary Experimental Space) and a curator and activist association "Khudrada." He lives and works in Kyiv. Read more on Nikita’s personal website
Texts authors: Omer Bartov (professor, Brown university, USA), Karel Berkhoff (Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Netherlands), Kate Brown (University of Maryland, USA), Jason Francisco (Emory University, USA), Jan Tomasz Gross (Princeton University, USA), Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (Stanford University, USA ), John-Paul Himka (University of Alberta, Сanada), Roman Kechur (Danylo Halytsky National Medical University, Ukraine), Artem Kharchenko (Center for Interethnic Relations Research in Eastern Europe, Ukraine), Christoph Mick (University of Warwick, United Kingdom), Mykhailo Minakov (National University "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy", Ukraine), Grzegorz Motyka (Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland), Olena Petrenko (Ruhr University, Germany), Martin Pollack (writer, Austria), Yuri Radchenko (Center for Interethnic Relations Research in Eastern Europe, Ukraine), Philippe Sands (University College London, UK), Marci Shore (Yale University, USA), Kai Struve (Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg, Germany), Janina Struk (documentary photographer and writer, UK), Andriy Usach (historian, Ukraine), Jessica Zychowicz (University of Michigan, USA / National University "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy", Ukraine).
The exhibition was developed by: Sofia Dyak (exhibition curator), Andriy Linik (visual curator), Yevhen Chervonyi (exhibition coordinator), Iryna Matsevko (coordinator of the public program), Khrystyna Boyko (coordinator of the education program), Vasyl Rasevych, Iryna Sklokina, Bohdan Shumylovych (consultants), Maryana Mazurak (promotion), Marta Peresada (exhibition assistant).Translation and editing of texts: Larysa Babiy, Andriy Masliukh, Valentyna Fedchenko, Katarzyna Kotynska, Michal Sutowski, Katherine Younger, Isabella Tabarovski, Natalia Bahniuk, Nelia Vachovska, Joanna Trzeciak-Huss.
As part of the exhibition, it is organized an accompanying program and author guided tours
Nikita Kadan, an artist, was talking about historical authenticity, about the history of creating art pieces and the doubts as a tool of an artist. Vasyl Rasevych, a historian, told about the historical context of photo images Nikita Kadan used to design his pieces of work. Exhibition curator Sofia Dyak extended on the idea of creating the exhibition and its mission. She highlighted the methods used to design the exhibition space and divide the visual and the textual elements. Andriy Usach, a researcher and co-author of the exhibition, conducted two excursions about the research of the Holocaust through the prism of documents and testimonies of local citizens. Another talk was about the actors of the Holocaust – local culprits and eyewitnesses, difficulties to self-identify, reversal of their roles from an executioner to a victim, and vice versa. A researcher and a historian Iryna Sklokina shared her overview of the use of photographs by different authorities for manipulation and propaganda, and also the possibility to reconsider them today for the society and for the engaged historian. Bohdan Shumylovych, an art critic, during his guided tour mentioned the concepts of beautiful and hideous in art, and their presence in the historical time. He described how art is treated from the standpoint of aesthetics and about semiotic symbols in art.