Experimental - NOMINEE: Olga Kukush
Scenography of pregnancy
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Waiting for a miracle is the time traditionally called of pregnancy. Future parents are happy, everyone is happy. Holiday is in the family.
The emergence of a new life is really a miracle. But this magic has another side that we cannot talk about. The organism of pregnant woman suffers from huge changes - physical, hormonal, psychological. It is often not easy. Women must change their way of life and their habits radically. They often give up their career in favor of caring for children.
What is the world of pregnant woman?
Waiting for the child is like staying in the white room. The white walls surround by a sense of inevitability. Freedom is insulated by your vulnerability. Your movements, thoughts, dreams, plans are bounded now. They are transformed. You don’t belong to yourself anymore. Your way of life and your world are beyond the boundaries of this room. You can see it but you are not a part of it anymore. It moves farther away. You try on a new role, you renounce your yesterday personality.
Waiting slowly fills the room like air. Waiting for the unknown.
Acceptance and humility of the first pregnancy days are mixed with fear later. Fear of touching the new and the unknown, fear of not recovering from the new conditions.
Your feelings are confused. Your thoughts turn into a grid where your dreams and hopes are entangled.
I was born in Mariupol, Ukraine. Now I live and work in Ivano-Frankovsk, Ukraine.
Since my childhood I’ve been passionate about drawing. Drawing was an instrument of my self-expression, communication with the outside world. More lately I’ve revealed how amazingly photography unites the real and fantasy worlds of artist. The installation makes it possible to convey personal experiences through real objects. The installation animates the photo.
I have been actively engaged in creative work since 2016.
Art practice: contemporary photography, artistic photography, fashion photography, installations.
Selected group exhibitions:
The exhibition "Individual articulations". Korsak's Museum of Contemporary Ukrainian Art (Lutsk, Ukraine, 2019), F-Stop magazine group exhibition "Alternative Portrait" Issue #93 February - March 2019, Project "Simulacrum anatomy". Modern Art Research Institute of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine (Kiev, Ukraine, 2019), Nominee in EXPERIMENTAL category in the PhotogrVphy Grant 2018, Batumi Photo Days Festival. Contemporary Art Space (Batumi , Georgia , 2018), The exhibition "Women about women". Assortment room. Promprylad. Renovation (Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, 2018), the exhibition "Where do we go from here?".IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives (Kiev, Ukraine, 2018), the exhibition of finalists of the IV Nathan Altman all Ukrainian Contest in the field of contemporary visual art for young artists (Vinnitsa, Ukraine, 2017), "MARLER KUNSTSTERN 2017" International Art Show (Essen, Germany, 2017), OSTRALE´Biennale 11th International Exhibition of Contemporary Art (Dresden, Germany, 2017), "Порт`all. Permanent liminality". Art festival "Porto Franko" (Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, 2017), Art festival «New wave exhibition 2017» ( Lviv, Ukraine, 2017), The exhibition of finalists of the III Nathan Altman all Ukrainian Contest in the field of contemporary visual art for young artists (Vinnitsa, Ukraine, 2016) et al.
"Expansion"( photos, installations), "Art na Mur" (Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, 2017); "Expansion" (photos)" "Space of ideas" (Kremenchuk, Ukraine, 2017)