Bonn, April 8, 2015
ART COLOGNE 2015: Art Collection Telekom exhibits artist positions from Ukraine
— Art Collection Telekom supports emerging young artists from Eastern and Southeastern Europe
— Presented are two younger artists from the Ukraine Ksenia Gnilitska and Volodymyr Kuznetsov
— Telekom sponsors ART COLOGNE AWARD for NEW POSITIONS 2015 _______________________________________________________________
Art Collection Telekom will exhibit its newest acquisitions by Ukrainian artists Ksenia Gnilitska and Volodymyr Kuznetsov at ART COLOGNE 2015. The young artists are working individually and are part of the R.E.P. group (Revolutionary Experimental Space), which was founded in 2004 in the euphoric spirit of the Orange Revolution. Two of the works exhibited in Cologne were directly influenced by the Maidan protests of 2013/2014.
Art Collection Telekom will exhibit Ksenia Gnilitska’s piece “Fragile of Identification,” two color-glazed works of clay depicting a Russian and Ukrainian passport. Conceived within the first days of Maidan in late 2013, they question the notions of citizenship and national identity. For decades, these issues were of no concern to Crimean and East-Ukrainian citizens. Since the political power conflicts that erupted in 2013, however, they have become crucial matters of contention for the predominantly European-minded youth of the region.
Volodymyr Kuznetsov’s works have also been influenced by the recent developments in his homeland. Painted directly on the wall “How to Deal with the Pigs” was realized for the first time in May 2014 in reaction to the socioeconomic situation in Ukraine. The artist from Kyiv will be present at Art Cologne 2015.The newly created mural, especially for the Art Cologne, is part of the Art Collection Telekom, which will also exhibit three of Volodymyr Kuznetsov’s earlier works at “Art Digit” in passage 3/11.
Art Collection Telekom was founded in 2010. The collection focuses on contemporary art from Eastern and Southeastern Europe. “We want to bear witness to the thrilling artistic developments in Eastern European countries and grant insight into the social and political changes that have occurred after the fall of the Iron Curtain,” says Antje Hundhausen, responsible for the Art Collection Telekom as director of 3D Brand Experiences at Deutsche Telekom.
With the purchase of works from Eastern and Southeastern European galleries, Art Collection Telekom supports the development of a functioning infrastructure for contemporary art. “Through targeted acquisition we allow artists, especially younger ones, to continue their work. The notion of “supporting young artists” comes full circle at Art Cologne. Once again, we will be sponsoring the Art Award for New Positions, giving one young artist the opportunity to present their work to a broad audience,” says Antje Hundhausen.
Telekom sponsored the Art Cologne Award for New Positions program for the first time in 2014. The prize, to be awarded at the international art fair on April 18, honors one emerging young artist with a solo exhibition and corresponding catalog, and is worth 10,000 Euros in total. Last year’s prize was awarded to the artist collective, FORT. The winning exhibit by artist duo Jenny Kropp (*1978) and Alberta Niemann (*1982) will be on display at artothek “Raum für junge Kunst” in Cologne from July 2 – August 22, 2015.
Background discussion at Art Cologne 2015: Wednesday, April 15, 2.00 pm
With: Antje Hundhausen (Deutsche Telekom), Volodymyr Kuznetsov (Artist), Rainald Schumacher / Nathalie Hoyos (Curators of Art Collection Telekom) Registration required by April 14, at Anna Hansen | email@example.com
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