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Volodymyr Vorotniov

Born in 1979 in Chervonohrad, Ukraine. Lives and works in Kyiv. Works with subcultural codes, moving from the graffiti and subculture graphics towards conceptual art and arte-povera. His recent projects include solo show at Upominki gallery, Rotterdam (2013) and group exhibitions at CSW Zamek Ujazdowsky, Warsaw, Poland (2013); ARSENALE 2012 at Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine; “Ukrainian Body” at  Visual Culture research Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine (2012).

Volodymyr Vorotniov started his artistic practice on the street using graffiti as his medium. His work is focussed on mapping and demarking spaces to emphasize existing aspects in the street and create abstract visual compositions.

Selected exhibitions: 

2013 – “Ukrainan News”, CSW Zamek Ujazdowsky, Warsaw, Poland

2012 – “Addicts of Ternopolis DIY”, Ternopil, Ukraine

2012 - Political Critique Magazine, issue #4, art contribution (Ukrainian Edition), Visual Culture Research Centre, Kiyv, Ukraine

2012 - ARSENALE 2012, First Kyiv International Biennale, Main project, Kyiv, Ukraine.

2012 – “Project on Samson”, “Poshuk” program, Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Kyiv, Ukraine

In his research Vorotniov explores what he calls “the language spoken by the street” and with his project for the exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013 he brings this language inside an institutional context. He creates a composed street situation inside the gallery space using a series of found street objects which are all partially painted white from the ground upwards. With this work he refers to the yearly Ukrainian tradition to paint trees and street borders white to welcome spring season and look forward to the summer.