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PinchukArtCentre presents in the Context of РАС-UA Re-Consideration “Biography”, an Exhibition by Open Group

10 July 2014

The PinchukArtCentre presents the second “PAC-UA Re-consideration” project - an exhibition by Open Group, an artistic group formed by five young Ukrainian artists Yuriy Biley, Anton Varga, Pavlo Kovach, Yevgen Samborsky, and Stanislav Turina. “Biography” is a result of collaboration of the Open Group with Lviv-based artist Yuriy Sokolov invited to join a group to explore collaboratively the notion of biography today. The show researches the idea of self-representation, it looks into how this notion is being transformed today, when the image of a person is created by the digital media around him/her.

The whole exhibition is based on the audience engagement, starting with a letter written by
Yuriy Sokolov calling people to submit their biographies for the project. As a source of inspiration Sokolov refers to an abstract from the text by Daniil Kharms with the key message that “a human being is part of the world”. In the course of the exhibition, which is an ongoing performative action, the audience is encouraged to write autobiographies that will be transformed by the artists. The biographies will be read, voiced in the exhibition space, documented and stored to generate the Open Group’s “archive” that will be gradually materialized within the exhibition.

Everyone can submit his/her biography by writing it down and bring it personally to the PinchukArtCentre; send it to the e-mail biography.openprojeс[email protected] or post it on the Facebook page

Open Group: “Biographies may be signed/anonymous, short/long, true/made up, and so forth. Your biography will be part of the project, and you will become part of the Open Group!”

Starting from the contradiction locked inside the word “biography”, literally meaning “life” and “writing”, the artists think of ambivalence between present and past, moment and record, spontaneity and automatic writing. They are mixing up a conventional understanding of a biography, which is seen in oral tradition and classical writing, with today’s understanding of the individual in flux, when she/he is perceived as a product of social interaction. The exhibition questions social networking that favours total “democratization” of a person and offers every individual a possibility to create a myth around him/herself. By collecting biographies the artists respond to the today's ambition of the audience to show emotions and create knowledge about them in a common shared space, in a way meeting their aspirations to become a producer rather than a consumer. 

Björn Geldhof, Deputy artistic director of the PinchukArtCentre, co-curator of the show: “After winning the Special PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013 Open Group presents their second large-scale project, actively engaging public and public space into development of a new work, called “Biography”. Challenging the notions of self-representation and a personal image which is more and more constructed around social media, the individual has somehow lost control over the way that the world looks at him or her.” 

In the course of the exhibition artists expect people to rethink their perception of the self-representation, in the meantime touching the notion of a mobile or, put it differently, a constantly changing identity that has appeared in the social networking today.  

The exhibition is co-curated by Bjorn Geldhof, Deputy Artistic Director of the PinchukArtCentre, and Tatiana Kochubinska, junior curator of the PinchukArtCentre.

The show is open on the 4th floor in the “PAC-UA” space from 10 July till 24 August, 2014.