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Alevtina Kakhidze, Windows, signs of peace, Schunck Heerlen, les images (2)

Les dessins et les textes de Mme Kakhidze témoignent de son expérience personnelle de la guerre en temps réel et posent des questions sur les actions des puissances occupantes. Son travail exprime son opposition à la violence et lance un appel à la paix. Ce faisant, elle n’explore pas seulement la culture, mais aussi la nature. En effet, les plantes, même celles qui sont envahissantes, poussent pacifiquement aux côtés des espèces indigènes et représentent donc pour elle un symbole de pacifisme. Elle ajoute toujours que « les plantes sont pacifistes autant que possible sur notre planète ». Au printemps 2024, elle créera une œuvre spécifique dans la vitrine du magasin SCHUNCK. La vitrine de l’ancien grand magasin Schunck revêt une certaine importance pour elle : en 2005, une installation de ses dessins y a été exposée. L’emplacement même est symbolique, estime-t-elle : « Quand je vois une vitrine avec des produits attrayants , je pense que c’est un signe de vie paisible. Car s’il y avait une guerre, personne ne mettrait ces marchandises là ».

Les dessins, installations et vidéos d’Alevtina Kakhidze traitent de l’identité, de la guerre entre la Russie et l’Ukraine, de la dynamique complexe entre l’Est et l’Ouest, des relations de pouvoir, du rôle du capitalisme et de notre culture de la consommation, ainsi que des contradictions et des conflits culturels.

Alevtina Kakhidze, Windows, signs of peace, Schunck Heerlen, les images (1)

Window display as a symbol of peace

Kakhidze’s drawings and texts convey her personal experiences of war in real time and pose searching questions for the actions of the occupying powers. Her work expresses opposition to violence and makes an appeal for peace. In so doing, she not only explores culture, but nature too. After all, plants, even those that are invasive, will grow peacefully alongside native species, so for her they represent a symbol of pacifism. She always adds that “plants are pacifists as much as possible on our planet”. In the spring of 2024 she will be creating a site-specific work in SCHUNCK’s store window. The display window of the former Schunck department store carries some significance for her: in 2005 an installation uof her drawings was exhibited here. The very location is symbolic she believes: “When I see a shop window with adorable goods, I think it’s a sign of peaceful life. Because if there was a war, no one would put those goods there.” 

Alevtina Kakhidze’s drawings, installations and videos deal with identity, the war in Russia-Ukraine, the complex dynamics between East and West, power relations, the role of capitalism and our consumer culture, and cultural contradictions and conflicts.

Alevtina Kakhidze, Dad, i’m in Odesa, Odesa National Fine Arts Museum

Alevtina Kakhidze expose le projet présenté à la récente biennale de Malte au Musée National des Beaux-Arts d’Odessa. 

Dad, I’m in Odesa

Alevtina Kakhidze est retournée à Odessa au début de cette année 2024 afin d’y réaliser un film qu’elle se propose de montrer à Malte où elle occupera le pavillon national ukrainien de la toute jeune biennale d’art contemporain. Son synopsis prévoit de filmer dans deux lieux patrimoniaux qui, actuellement encore, ont échappé aux drones et aux bombes :  une ancienne câblerie de la ville portuaire ainsi que l’Académie navale. Distinguant ces deux lieux singuliers, elle part en fait, en quête de ses parents, tous deux décédés. C’est là, à Odessa, qu’ils se sont rencontrés et qu’ils se sont aimés. Son père, de nationalité géorgienne, fut cadet de la prestigieuse école navale. Sa mère, originaire de Donetsk, animée par le seul désir de vivre en bord de mer, a décroché un emploi dans cette corderie, seule façon d’obtenir la Propiska, ce document autorisant à se déplacer dans l’ancien empire soviétique. Réalisatrice et actrice du film, Alevtina Kakhidze investit les lieux, évoque ses parents, les interpelle, se questionne et s’inquiète, fulmine même, danse dans un abri souterrain, colle sous les semelles de ses chaussures dorées quelques billets de banque – souvenir d’une anecdote racontée par son père – et finit par brûler un billet qui, sur sa face, représente le Kremlin. Impeccablement cadré par son ami Roman Khimei, le film accompagne, à Malte, une installation de notes, dessins et photographies : au travers du miroir de l’histoire de sa famille, l’artiste analyse comment un empire a ruiné la vie de plusieurs générations et comment son influence, bien que parfois inaperçue, finit par se manifester.

Ce pacte autobiographique, ce réel vécu, incarné et narré, constitue l’assise de l’ensemble de l’œuvre de l’artiste. Alevtina Kakhidze a hérité de son père un patronyme géorgien. Elle-même est née dans le Donbass. Elle y a été élevée dans la culture russe, dans son incarnation soviétique. A l’origine, elle est donc russophone. Sa famille est le reflet de la politique de russification : alors que sa grand-mère parle ukrainien, sa mère parle russe et élève ses enfants dans cette langue. Cette identité culturelle complexe qu’elle revendique comprend des éléments des mentalités ukrainienne, géorgienne mais aussi ouest-européenne, car si elle vit depuis 2007 à Muzychi, non loin de Kyiv, Alevtina a aussi résidé deux ans à Maastricht, étudiant à la Van Eyck Academie en 2004-2006. (…)

All Good ? 2024, 20 min, Odesa. video performance based on real events. Alevtina Kakhidze, Roman Khimei, Paulo Litovkin, Vadim Khudoliy, Kristina Shyshkaroua, Ga.Eva. 

Alevtina Kakhidze, Windows, signs of peace, SCHUNCK, Heerlen, Nederland

Alevtina Kakhidze est l’invitée de SCHUNCK, à Heerlen aux Pays-Bas. Elle y investit les vitrines du bâtiment et expose à la bibliothèque une série de dessins récemment acquise par l’institution. A l’église Saint-Pancrace, elle est commissaire d’une exposition réunissant les oeuvres d’une quinzaine d’artistes ukrainiens.

Alevtina Kakhidze
The dove of peace is no longer with us, it was frightened off by the russian missiles that are exploding in Ukraine,
but we still have plants, the biggest pacifists on our planet
Mixed media, 29,8 x 21 cm, 2022 (collection Schunck, Heerlen)

Alevtina Kakhidze’s drawings, installations and videos deal with identity, the war in Russia-Ukraine, the complex dynamics between East and West, power relations, the role of capitalism and our consumer culture, and cultural contradictions and conflicts.

Alevtina Kakhidze was born in Eastern Ukraine, a region which has been plagued by the Russian-Ukranian war since 2014. Alevtina lives and works in the Kyiv region and made a conscious decision to remain in Ukraine after the invasion of Russian forces in February 2022. Kakhidze’s drawings and texts convey her personal experiences of war in real time and pose searching questions for the actions of the occupying powers. Her work expresses opposition to violence and makes an appeal for peace. In so doing, she not only explores culture, but nature too. After all, plants, even those that are invasive, will grow peacefully alongside native species, so for her they represent a symbol of pacifism. She always adds that “plants are pacifists as much as possible on our planet”. In the spring of 2024 she will be creating a site-specific work in SCHUNCK’s store window. The display window of the former Schunck department store carries some significance for her: in 2005 an installation of her drawings was exhibited here. The very location is symbolic she believes: When I see a shop window with adorable goods, I think it’s a sign of peaceful life. Because if there was a war, no one would put those goods there. 

Alevtina Kakhidze
I have read and feel support during Russian Ukrainian war in 2022. 2.4.2022
Mixed media, 29,1 x 42 cm, 2022 (collection Schunck, Heerlen)

There is a whole generation of artists in Ukraine who have a voice, and deserve to be heard. With this in mind, Alevtina Kakhidze is bringing works by 14 different Ukrainian artists, which will be displayed at St Pancratius Church under the title ‘What hinders a sermon becomes one’. In line with the venue, all the selected artworks are in relation to concepts or practices that have an association with the Catholic faith, with themes such as bread, wine and heaven. For instance, there are recordings of an artist leading soldiers in prayer at the front. But there is also a work made of glass shards, the result of war. The artist collects the shards from bombed-out houses and tries to restore the objects. Participating artists: Mykhailo Alekseenko, Yuriy Bolsa, Bohdan Bunchak, Yuliia Elyas, Zheka (Yevhen) Holubientsev, Zhanna Kadyrova, Alexander Krolikowski, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Krystyna Melnyk, Marharyta Polovinko, Stanislav Turina, Tamara Turliun, Tereza Yakovyna en Albina Yaloza.

Alevtina Kakhidze (b. 1973, Zhdanivka (UA)) lives and works in Muzychi (UA). She studied at the National Academy of Fine Art and Architecture in Kyiv (UA) (1999-2004) and at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht (2004-2006). She has been a UN envoy in Ukraine since 2018 and won the Kazimir Malevich Artist Award (2008), the first prize for the Competition for Young Curators and Artists, Kyiv, Center for Contemporary Art at NaUKMA (2002). She received an Honorary Mention at ‘State of the ART(ist)’ by Ars Electronica and the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2023), and won the Women in Arts Award, by UN Women Ukraine (2023). She has taken part in diverse exhibitions across the globe, including Manifesta 10 (2014), Manifesta 14 (2022) and Kaleidoscope of (Hi)stories – Art from Ukraine in Museum De Fundatie, Zwolle (2023). In 2022, SCHUNCK acquired nine of Alevtina Kakhidze’s drawings for its collection of modern and contemporary art. 

Opening hours:
Store window: on display for the duration, free admission

SCHUNCK Glaspaleis: Monday-Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
St. Pancratius Church: Monday-Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Saturday: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Alevtina Kakhidze
Western Politicians, if you don’t close the sky over Ukraine, please close the Belarus / Russia border with EU
goods. It ill stop the russian army a bit. 2.4.2022
Mixed media, 29, 8 x 29,8 cm, 2022 (collection Schunck, Heerlen)

Art Brussels 2024, les images

Aglaia Konrad
I love Rückbau, 2020
Video, color, sound, flatscreen, 16:9 vertical, 19 min.
 
Aglaia Konrad
Footnote 1. CAT, 2020
Digital print, clip frame, 42 × 30 cm
 
Aglaia Konrad
Footnote 3. Concrete, 2020
Digital print, clip frame, 42 × 30 cm
 
Aglaia Konrad
Footnote 2. Rückbaukristall, 2015
Digital print, clip frame, 42 × 30 cm
Michiel Ceulers
“Your clock will never fade like a flower (ah non je ne fais plus ça)”, 2024
oil, gloss, spray paint, wooden pieces, perspex, collage on canvas and wooden panel
60 × 103 cm
Suchan Kinoshita
Hängen Herum No. 5/6, 2023
metal, JBL flip essential, son

John Murphy
Selected works #2, #3, #6, #23, 1973
musical partitions, vitrine, h.99 cm
Jacqueline Mesmaeker
Contours clandestins, 2020
crayon sur papier, (10) x 42 x 29,7 cm
Aglaia Konrad
Shaping Stones, 2023
Impression sur bâche
Exhibition view
Alevtina Kakhidze
Sans titre, 2023
technique mixte sur papier, 20,5 x 15 cm, 2023
Michiel Ceulers
Immer Realistischere Malerei / Je cherche quelqu’un, 2024
Oil, acrylic and acrylic mirrors on canvas in found frame, 64 x 52 cm (4500) 
Benjamin Monti
Sans titres, de la série Miniatures, 2020 – 2022. 
Collages de photocopies, 9 x 9 cm (encadrés 25,5 x 18,5 cm)
Michel Assenmaker
Florence Delay, 2022
Collage, documents, 37,5 x 47 cm
 
Michel Assenmaker
Blumen, 2022
Collage, documents, 37,5 x 47 cm
 
Michel Assenmaker
Sans titre, 2021
Collage, documents, 37,5 x 47 cm
 
Michel Assenmaker
Berthe, 2021
Collage, documents, 37,5 x 47 cm
John Murphy
Portrait of the Artist as a Deaf Man, 1996
Framed photographic print, 70 x 60 cm
Michiel Ceulers
Pierre, Jacques et Jean endormis (thirty pieces of silver running away), 2024
Oil, spray paint, pigment and caulk on canvas / artist made frame; oil & caulk on canvas on wood, staples, 88 x 77 cm

Art Brussels 2024, preview, Alevtina Kakhidze, Jacques Lizène, Benjamin Monti

Alevtina Kakhidze, From South to North, Malta Biennale, 13 mars – 31 mai 2024

Alevtina Kakhidze représente l’Ukraine à la première Biennale de Malte. 

On March 14th, Ukraine’s National Pavilion, entitled From South to North, will open at the maltabiennale.art 2024, a new European exhibition of international modern art. The project by Ukrainian artist Alevtina Kakhidze slated for exhibition at the Pavilion explores the topic of decolonization in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and intricate dynamics of the Mediterranean. The Pavilion is curated by Kateryna Semenyuk and Oksana Dovgopolova.

The inaugural maltabiennale.art will be held from March 13th to March 31st, 2024. The event aims to shape new narratives for the Mediterranean region as a cultural hub and reinvent the global perceptions of art and society by drawing on ideas originating in the far south of the European continent.

The Biennale is organized by MUŻA (the Malta National-Community Art Museum) on behalf of Heritage Malta (the Maltese national agency for museums, conservation practice, and cultural heritage) and Arts Council Malt (the national agency for development and investment in the cultural and creative sectors) under the patronage of UNESCO and the President of Malta.

The organizers of maltabiennale.art 2024 have gone with the pavilion approach, allocating one for the main exhibition and thematic/national ones for the participating countries and artists. The exhibition spaces will be set up in Malta’s architectural and historic heritage sites. Specifically, the Biennale’s activities will take place in Valletta, the capital of Malta and a UNESCO Heritage Site, as well as in the nearby Birgu, Bormla, Senglea, and Kalkara, with their numerous palazzos, forts, churches, and museums, and the picturesque island of Gozo.

About the project

The Ukrainian National Pavilion, entitled From South to North, was created by the Past / Future / Art memory culture platform in cooperation with the Odesa National Fine Arts Museum, NOS art production, and the Ukrainian Institute. Alevtina Kakhidze’s art project is focused on working through the imperial past, a matter of relevance for Ukraine and Malta alike. It symbolically connects Malta with Odesa—the gateway city that connects the Ukrainian steppe to the Mediterranean—and invites visitors to look from Malta in the direction of Ukraine, from South to North. This optic presents the port city of Odesa as being located not in the south of the Russian/Soviet empire but rather in the north of the Mediterranean region.

Alevtina Kakhidze’s project comprises a video piece, shot in Odesa in early 2024 in collaboration with fellow artist Roman Khimei, and multiple site-specific installations. Through the mirror of her family’s history, the artist analyzes how an empire has ruined the lives of generations and how its influence, although at times unnoticed, eventually manifests itself. Kakhidze superimposes the history of her own family on the events of the 20th century in Ukraine and Europe, while also drawing a connection to the 21st century by continuing the story via a narration of her personal experience during Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

“The Ukrainian Pavilion at meltabiennale.art offers a glimpse at the ramifications of relationships between colonies and empires that might be less evident for Europe,” Oksana Dolgopolova and Kateryna Semenyuk, who curate the Pavilion, explain. “The questions about the colonial past heard from the far south of Europe can reveal to the world Ukraine’s special position as a millennium-old civilization hub living in the shadow of imperial grievances and aggression.”

Alevtina Kakhidze, Kaleidoscope of (Hi)stories – art from Ukraine, museum De Fundatie, Zwolle

Alevtina Kakhidze participe à l’exposition  Kaleidoscope of (Hi)stories – art from Ukrainen au museum De Fundatie, à Zwolle (nord desPays Bas). 14 octobre – 8 janvier 2024.

Alevtina Kakhidze, Orange Hat, Sosisky Masisky and German Trunk
Film, drawing object
2023
 
After the whole-scale invasion of Russia to Ukraine 2 000 000 kids were forced be outside of Ukraine. Alevtina Kakhidze reviews materials of the time she did work as a drawing teacher in Kyiv’s school before that time, in 2019. On her lessons she raised questions about weapon, war, democracy, ecology and resources with here 9 years pupils. In the film she imagines ongoing conversation with the same kids counting their recent experiences of the war.

Kaleidoscope of (Hi)stories: Art from Ukraine is the first survey of contemporary art from Ukraine in the Netherlands. Complemented by key pieces from the country’s historical avant-garde, this exhibition tells the story of Ukraine’s cultural identity, against the backdrop of the country’s tension between freedom and oppression, in paintings, drawings, videos, installations, performances, sculpture, sound work, photography and textiles.

As of June 19th 2023, UNESCO counted a number of 260 cultural Ukrainian sites that have been destroyed or damaged since the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Together with the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen in Dresden (SKD), Germany, Museum de Fundatie has therefore set itself the following goal with Kaleidoscope of (Hi)stories: to contribute to the protection of the artistic heritage of Ukraine and to ensure that contemporary artists from Ukraine, many of whom have had to flee their country, can continue their work.

Taking four themes as a point of departure,the exhibition unveils the strong intertwinement of Ukrainian diverse history, its permanent social and political turbulence with Ukrainian artists’ work. Practices of Resistance, Cultures of Memory, Spaces of Freedom and Thoughts about the Future, each reflect on the dynamic between the claim for freedom and the mechanisms of repression through art.

Featuring works by:

Sergey Anufriev, Yevgenia Belorusets, Andrij Bojarov, Sergey Bratkov, Katya Buchatska, Igor Chatskin, Davyd Chychkan, Danylo Halkin, Nikita Kadan, Zhanna Kadyrova, Alevtina Kakhidze, Nikolay Karabinovych, Rhoman Khimei & Yarema Malashchuk, Lesia Khomenko, Maria Kulikovska, Sasha Kurmaz, Yuri Leiderman, Larion Lozovyi, Kateryna Lysovenko, Pavlo Makov, Lada Nakonechna, Open Group (Yuriy Biley, Pavlo Kovach, Anton Varga), ‚Pertsy‘ (Oleg Petrenko, Ludmila Skripkina), Larisa Rezun-Zvezdochetova, Vlada Ralko, Masha Reva, Mykola Ridnyi, Andriy Sahaidakovskyi, Kateryna Snizhko, Oleg Sokolov, Leonid Voitsekhov, Stanislav Volyazlovskyi, Halyna Zhehulska, Anna Zvyagintseva

Historical positions:

Oleksandr Archypenko, Oleksandr Bohomazov, Kateryna Bilokur, Alla Horska, Leonila Hrytsenko, Boris Mikhailov, Viktor Palmov, Sergei Parajanov, Oksana Pavlenko, Maria Prymachenko, Maria Siniakova, Hanna Sobachko-Shostak, Fedir Tetianych, Tetyana Yablonska, Ludmyla Yastreb, Vasyl Yermilov