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Loreal Prystaj
28 October 2019
For the second time, we have a pleasure to join the Artist Residency Programme supported by the British Council. In October-November 2019,  we Loreal Prystaj works with the Urban Media Archive of the Center for Urban History.

Loreal Prystaj (b. 1990, New York, USA) is a visual artist based in London, UK, recently graduating with an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art. Her work presently focuses on the subconscious and inherited psyche. By performing as or ‘playing’ in cultural motifs – narratively or decoratively – Prystaj transforms once familiar spaces into mise en scène that highlights the connection between the physical environment and the internal states past and present. She expresses these ideas through photography, collecting, installation, and sculptural interpretation. Loreal will spend the residency in Lviv at Lviv Centre for Urban Histories during October-November 2019.

The British Council’s programme of artistic residencies SWAP: UK/Ukraine 2019 announces selected participants from Ukraine and the UK. Three Ukraine-based artists and a curator will spend 45 days in the most innovative art institutions in Scotland, while seven UK-based artists will be discovering Ukrainian cultural landscape in collaboration with cultural institutions in Kharkiv, Odesa, Lviv, and Dnipro.

In Ukraine, the British Council works with the YermilovCentre and the Municipal Art Gallery, from Kharkiv, the Museum of Odesa Modern Art, Lviv’s Jam Factory Art Center and Centre for Urban History, Artsvit Gallery, Kultura Medialna and DCCC from Dnipro city; in the UK, with Hospitalfield, Arbroath (from 2019-) and its partners across Scotland – Cove Park, Argyle; Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Aberdeenshire; The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney; Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio (DCA); Glasgow Sculpture Studios (GSS) and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (ESW) – provide the expertise. In 2016-2018 our main partner in the UK was Liverpool Biennial.