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Main pageNewsThe Research platform of PinchukArtCentre presents "Parcommune. Place. Community. Phenomenon"

The Research platform of PinchukArtCentre presents "Parcommune. Place. Community. Phenomenon"

21 October 2016

PinchukArtCentre is pleased to present "Parcommune. Place. Community. Phenomenon", an exhibition drawn from the archival and investigative work made at the Research Department of the PinchukArtCentre. The project explores the practice of artists, related to the squat named "Parcommune" and to the area of ​​former Paris Commune Street (today – Mikhailovskaya Str.), where squats and artistic studios were situated. The research team relied on archives, accounts of participants in the process, witnesses, residents of the squat and its numerous guests. Especially the research of Aleksandr Soloviov's private archive provided an important contribution to the preparation of the exhibition.

The exhibition features works and archival materials relating to the life and oeuvre of artists such as Illya Chichkan, Dmytro Dulfan, Oleg Golosiy, Oleksandr Hnylytskyi, Ilya Isupov, Dmytro Kavsan, Andriy Kazandgii, Pavlo Kerestey, Oleksandr Klymenko, Kirilo Procenko, Oleksandr Roitburd, duo of Savadov/Senchenko, Yuri Solomko, Valeria Troubina, Vasyl Tsagolov and many others.

"Parcommune" was a squatted building, between 1990 and 1994, on the eponymous street (currently called Mykhaylivska St) In a short time, the building became a creative stockpot of the counterculture coterie and the term Parcommune started to be used to define an artist community and a mindset of living and working. While the Soviet Union was falling apart these artists built their own imaginary worlds filled with a new daily routine, using painting as the main tool of their exchanges.

"Paryzka komuna" is a notional territory through which one can research the history of contemporary Ukrainian art. It was a testing ground for a model of an unofficial artist run production – thinking and living space after the collapse of the Soviet-Union.

Tatiana Kochubinska
Ksenia Malykh

Research consultant:
Aleksandr Soloviov

Located on 4th floor, exhibition will be opened from October 21 till January 8. Admission is Free.

With the opening of the exhibition "PARCOMMUNE. Place. Community. Phenomenon" there will be a launch of public program. The series of events will systematically highlight the results of the Research platform’s work on the theme of the exhibition and explain the specifics of Parcommune as a place, community and phenomenon. Public program will include lectures, meetings with artists, round tables and discussions with the important players of Ukrainian art scene in early 90's. We also plan several events with special guests, whose names will be announced later. In addition, a new film program "Bohemian life" will be dedicated to the daily life of iconic art groups of XX century. There will be a curatorial tour by Tatiana Kochubinska and Ksenia Malykh, lecture by art historian, curator and art critic Konstantin Akinsha, public-talk with the member of Parcommune artist Valeria Trubina,  and also anthropological discussion "Sex, Drugs, and Rock'n'Roll: Cultural protest and freedom during 90s" with Tatiana Bulakh.