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Exhibition of the shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2015
31 October 2015 - 17 April 2016

Kyiv based PinchukArtCentre presents new works by 16 emerging Ukrainian artists that will be on display from October 31, 2015 till January 10, 2016. Each work was especially produced for the exhibition and forms an independent artistic statement. Combined the works give an insight into themes, concerns and new artistic tendencies of a young generation of artists confronted with life in a country in distress. 

The 16 nominees were shortlisted by an independent Selection Committee from about 800 applicants and include: Yevgenia Belorusets (34, Kyiv), Daniil Galkin (29, Dnipropetrovsk), Mykola Karabinovych (26, Odesa), Alina Kleitman (24, Kharkiv), Daria Koltsova (27, Kyiv), Kinder Album(32, Lviv), Sergii Melnychenko (23, China, Chengdu), Roman Mykhailov (25, Kyiv), Sergiy Petlyuk(34, Lviv), Mykola Ridnyi (30, Kharkiv), Ivan Svitlychnyi (26, Kharkiv), Sergiy Yakimenko (27, Kharkiv), Katerina Yermolaeva (30, Kyiv), Anna Zvyagintseva (28, Kyiv) and groups: Melnychuk-Burlaka Group (Ivan Melnychuk (33, Kyiv), Oleksandr Burlaka (33, Kyiv), Open Group (Yuri Bieliey (27, Lviv), Pavlo Kovach (27, Lviv), Anton Varga (25, Lviv).

The exhibition curator Tatiana Kochubinska, junior curator, PinchukArtCentre, said: “Forming the exhibition of 16 nominated artists indeed we were trying to track and show certain relations between some works, but first of all we are talking about 16 independent artistic statements as each project is considered as a self-contained show. There are several general tendencies in artists’ works we discovered which included an idea of interplay in art that requires a viewer’s direct interaction with a work, or in some cases there was needed obligatory engagement of a viewer leading to the art work creation. Also research was a main idea behind many works’ concepts: research of conflicts and social problems, informational wars reflections, thinking stereotypes analysis, self-, individuals and groups identification.” 

Seven nominees represent new names of the Ukrainian contemporary art stage whose works have never been on show in the PinchukArtCentre before. Nine shortlisted artists have been nominated for the PinchukArtCentre Prize in 2009, 2011 and 2013, namely: Yevgenia Belorusets (2013), Daniil Galkin (2011, 2013), Alina Kleitman (2011), Sergiy Petlyuk (2011), Mykola Ridnyi (2011, 2013), Ivan Svitlychnyi (2011, 2013), Anna Zvyagintseva (2013), Melnychuk-Burlaka Group (2013), and Open Group (2013). Additionally, Open Group and Daniil Galkin were awarded Special Prizes in the edition of PinchukArtCentre Prize in 2013.

In 2015 the Selection Committee of the PinchukArtCentre Prize was formed by Alisa Lozhkina, chief editor of the ART UKRAINE magazine; Olesya Ostrovska-Lyuta, culture expert, curator, senior expert of pro.mova analytical center; Michael Rashkovetsky, art critic and curator; Bjorn Geldhof, Deputy artistic director of the PinchukArtCentre, and Tatiana Kochubinska, junior curator of the PinchukArtCentre.

The Open Group is the Main Prize Winner of the fourth edition of the PinchukArtCentre Prize. The artists have been awarded UAH 250,000 (USD 10,000) and one-month residency at a studio of an internationally renowned artist. Additionally, the Main Prize Winner is automatically included in the short list of the Future Generation Art Prize 2016, a worldwide contemporary art prize.

The Winners of the Main Prize and the two Special Prizes have been selected and announced at the award ceremony in Kyiv by the members of the distinguished international jury that in 2015 includes:Bart De Baere, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp (M HKA), Belgium; Bjorn Geldhof, Artistic and strategic director of Yarat, Azerbaijan; Martin Kiefer, Curator, contemporary art section, Louvre, France; Yuri Leiderman, artist and writer, Ukraine / Germany, and Anna Smolak, Chief curator, BWA SOKÓŁ Gallery in Nowy Sącz.

Anna Zvyagintseva and Alina Kleitman have been awarded Special Prizes. Anna Zvyagintseva also received Public Choice Prize.

Starting from the first edition in 2009 the PinchukArtCentre Prize attracted about 4000 applicants from all regions of Ukraine. 

Statistic data on the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2015 application results is available here.