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Dot, line, possibilities
11 September 2020 - 3 January 2021

Art gives us a view on the world that we do not expect.

It surprises us, moves us, makes us think.

Art emancipates, it often stands by those who need it the most, giving voice and empowering minorities. It brings to mind stories that might be forgotten.

Dot, Line, Possibilities is exactly about that.

It brings stories of people who, through art, learned to express themselves. This exhibition has grown out of inspiration and courage of a new group of artists who had no public voice before. People who have found friendship, adventure and much needed ways of communication.

Since 2016, the PinchukArtCentre has been inviting artists with special developmental needs (autism, Down syndrome, mental retardation) to join the "Workshop of Possibilities". There, in collaboration with Katya Buchatska, David Chichkan, Nikita Kadan and Anna Scherbyna, a four-year-long creative journey began.

"Dot, Line, Possibilities" shares stories of those people. Some of them, several years ago, could not touch a blank sheet of paper. Then, giving it time, a dot appeared on that same sheet. And from that dot, lines, color, form and figuration grew. It grew with them, their confidence and their belief in what they can make become possible.

Artists presented at the exhibition: Anastasia Averina, Heorhii Alaverdov, Yelizaveta Bukina, Katya Buchatska, Bohdan Horda, Maria Vykhrova, Mark Volkov, Olha Zholobetska, Nazar Yonenko, Nikita Kadan, Anastasia Kravchuk, Daryna Malyuk, Yevhenia Mysik, Petro Mikhaylov, Oleksii Ovdienko, Artem Oliynyk, Oleksandr Pylypenko, Kyrylo Smereka, Pavlo Khomenko, Artem Tsarenko, Varvara Shyshlova and Anna Scherbyna.

Curators of the exhibition: Olga Shyshlova, Head of the Educational Department of the PinchukArtCentre, and Katya Вuchatska, artist.

Katya Вuchatska, artist and the curator of the exhibition: “The only thing I knew when I came to the “Workshop of Possibilities” was that I was not there to teach. Over the 4 years spent together, it has become clear who tends for what, what colour he or she chooses and what themes he or she covers. In parallel, at every session, I witness artistic solutions that impress me. We, artists of academic background, can only dream about such a frank attitude to the act of drawing”.

The exhibition is an opportunity to discover the outsider art. Unconventional artistic solutions, singularity and an entirely different perspective on ordinary things incite the viewers to re-conceptualise the commonly accepted notions of the words ‘artist’ and ‘art’.

Olga Shyshlova, Head of the Educational Department of the PinchukArtCentre and the curator of the exhibition: “Outsider art has become an important part of contemporary culture since the 1970s. Works by artists of that category are found in collections of largest contemporary art museums, those are included in landmark international shows, this genre has its own market, work of outsiders is an object for explorations, and books about it are published”.

Presenting work of twenty two artists who moved from imagination to reality.
Twenty two artists who explore their personalities and their limitations.
Twenty two times an invitation to join them in their stories.
Story worth sharing.