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16th December 2021

PinchukArtCentre Announces 20 Nominees for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2022

PinchukArtCentre announces the artists shortlist for the 7th edition of the PinchukArtCentre Prize, a nationwide prize in contemporary art for young Ukrainian artists aged 35 or younger. The shortlist has been formed by the selection committee based on the results of the selection from more than 1000 applications submitted by Ukrainian artists from all regions of Ukraine. 

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PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013


  • Main Prize: Zhanna Kadyrova (Kyiv)
  • Special Prizes: Open Group, Lada Nakonechna (Kyiv), Daniil Galkin (Dnipropetrovsk)
  • Public Choice Prize: Anatoly Belov (Kyiv)


Belorusets Yevgenia

Born 1980, in Kyiv, Ukraine. She lives and works in Kyiv and Berlin. Belorusets received a master degree in literature from Kyiv National Linguistic University, a diploma in documentary photography from the Viktor Marushchenko Photography School and she completed a PhD seminar group at Vienna University. Belorusets founded the journal for literature and art Prostory in 2008 and became a member of the curatorial group Hudrada in 2009. 

Using the strategies of investigative journalism, Yevgenia Belorusets deeply infiltrates her chosen subjects, creating highly selective documentary reports of real-life topics. Her photographs are narrative, semi-composed images, which reflect and represent hidden social realities and complex social structures.

Recent exhibitions:
2013 – “Ukrainian News”, Ujazdowski castle, Warsaw, Poland  
2013 – “Court experiment”, SIZ Gallery, Rijeka, Croatia         
2012 – “Interim Days: Tbilisi”, Academy of Arts, Tbilisi, Georgia       
2012 – “The Disputed territory”, Sevastopol Art Museum in Crimea, Ukraine       
2012 – “Queerfest 2012”, Center Tajga, Saint Petersburg. 

For the exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013 Belorusets has made multiple trips into the Carpathians, a mountain region known for its unspoiled natural beauty and traditional way of life. Her project developed into an intriguing photographic journey enriched with textual elements: a portrait of life in this part of Ukraine that reveals an unexpected hardness. The people portrayed seem in danger of being deprived of their pride and dignity, imprisoned by folkloric traditions. 

Anatoliy Belov

Born 1977 in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he currently lives and works. He received degrees from the Republican Taras Shevchenko Art School and the National Technical University of Ukraine. He has been a member of the artists groups R.E.P., Penoplast and Emblika Quali. Belov participated in residencies of the Centre for Contemporary Art founded by George Soros in Kyiv (2005) and the Rotor association for contemporary art in Graz (2009). 

Through his drawings and paintings, Anatoliy Belov reveals an uncensored freedom of fictional and autobiographical narratives, developing a world of unbridled sexual exploration. Using the artistic medium as a weapon

in the personal struggle of a homosexual within a closed homophobic society, Belov appears as a lost romantic dreaming of freedom and love.

Recent exhibitions:
2013 - “Ukrainan News”, CSW Zamek Ujazdowsky, Warsaw, Poland
2012 – “Ukrainian Body”,  Visual Culture Research Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine
2011 -  Anca Lazar and Monika Szewczyk project “Podróż na Wschód” (Journey to the East), Galeria Arsenał, Białystok, Poland
2010 -  Participation in the “If”  project curated by Ekaterina Degot. Graphics installation, Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, Russia. 

With a new work produced by the PinchukArtCentre, Belov makes a leap in his artistic oeuvre, combining for the first time his practices as a writer, musician and visual artist into a “short-film musical”. This film, a romantic story of love and failure, becomes the poetic expression of an existing underground subculture loaded with emotional and political awareness.

Daniil Galkin

Born 1985 in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, where he currently lives and works. After receiving a degree from the Theatre-Arts College and Academy of Construction and Architecture, he has been working as part of the 2222 experimental art group, which was nominated for the Kandinsky Award in 2013. Galkin is a winner of the Grand Prix of MUXI-2011 and has been nominated for PinchukArtCentre Prize in 2011 and the Kuryokhin Award in 2012. 

Daniil Galkin has founded the one-man collective 2222 to represent his general artistic practice. Each 2 is standing for a ministry (Ministry of Peace, Spirituality, Health and Love), which he translates into a series of installations, videos or interventions.

Recent exhibitions:
2013 – Group exhibition of Kuryokhin Modern Art Award 2012 nominees, KURYOKHIN CENTER, Saint Petersburg, Russia
2013 – “Ero's Error”, Ilko Gallery, Uzhhorod, Ukraine
2013 – “BDSM-2222”, Shcherbenko Art Centre, Kyiv, Ukrain
2012 – “Artists draw”, curator Evhen Karas, Karas Gallery, Kyiv

At the exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013 Galkin shows Touniquette, a new, site-specific work built from a multitude of turnstiles to force the public into a passage grid. Visitors are subjected to a regulated direction of traffic, with a defined speed limit, allowing one person at a time to pass through. In this way, Galkin creates a useless systematic carousel, related to Franz Kafka’s masterwork The Trial.

Oleg Gryshchenko

Born 1985 in Zhitomir, Ukraine. He lives and works in Kyiv. Gryshenko received a degree inmonumental painting from the Kosiv College of Applied and Decorative Arts and a Master of Fine Art from the National Academy of Fine Art and Architecture in Kyiv. He is a lecturer at the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture’s department of graphics and a co-founder of the art group VAL.

As a printmaker, Oleg Gryshchenko continues a language rooted within traditional Ukrainian decorative arts and transforms it through the use of fragmented texts and sometimes by exposing his prints to nature, laying them outside for a restricted period of time.

Recent exhibitions:
2013 – “Memoria”, Group exhibition, Ya Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine
2012 – “Book dinner”, Group exhibition, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine
2012 – “NEOFOLK Project”, Group exhibition, GOGOLFEST, Kyiv, Ukraine
2012 – “Landscape shielded by the picture ”, Group exhibition, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv
2012 – “Two”, solo exhibition, Ya Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine 

For the exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013  Gryshchenko creates a project called The Great Ukrainian Wall, a large-scale woodcut print matrix, combined with 4200 printed sheets from the 200 prints forming the original woodcut, which the audience is invited to take home. The overall image of Great Ukrainian Wall combines a study of Ukrainian traditions, literature, landscapes and personal memories. It could be a metaphor for the challenge that faces Ukraine, to re-discover and preserve a national heritage without holding back social, cultural and political change.

Andriy Hir

Born 1988 in Uzhorod, Ukraine. He lives and works in Lviv. Hir received a diploma in architecture from the Lviv Polytechnic National University. From 2005 onward, he has participated in solo and group exhibitions such as the Neofolk project at the Gogolfest in Kyiv and the Art Moscow (both in 2012). Hir works in painting, street art, folklore, poetry and design. 

Andriy Hir’s wall paintings draw from spiritual narratives, which he researches to trace them back past their known origin. He then transforms them according to his personal beliefs and morals into abstracted paintings populated by strange, unearthly creatures.

Recent exhibitions:

2012 – “Neofolk project”, Ya Gallery art center program of visual art presented as part of GOGOLFEST-2012
2012 – “WARHOL’S RELATIVES. Western Ukrainian Contemporary Art”, Ya Gallery Special Project at ART MOSCOW 2012, Moscow, Russia
2012 – “Black Circle festival ІІІ”, Yaremche, Ukraine
2011 – “Khir - zvir z gir”, solo project, Ya Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine 

For the exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013 Hir creates a new mural originating from the biblical story of Noah’s Ark. Following his special artistic practice, he transforms this story into an iconic image in which unidentifiable creatures represent metaphors for what might be the world of today, the past or the future.

Dobrinya Ivanov

Born 1987 in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he currently lives and works. He studied at the studio of painter Alexander Babak, but ended up mostly making sculptures and installations. Since 2009 he is a participant of the Genofond program for young Ukrainian art organized by Ya Gallery in Kyiv. In 2011, he took part in the Genofond Pinakothek at the Titanikas Exhibition Halls of the Vilnius Academy of Arts and other exhibitions. In 2013 he was nominated for the Henkel Art. Award and became artist in residence at Kyiv Air. 

Dobrinya Ivanov collects both real and fictive narratives that are connected to found objects. In combining the objects, he develops a storyline that is dealing with the idea of “true” and “false”. In his current artistic practice these “true and false narratives” become a part of questioning his own artistic approach.

Recent exhibitions:
2013 – “Introversion”, M-17, curated by Ksenia Malyh, Kiev, Ukraine
2012 – “Gogolfest”, Neofolk Project, Kiev
2012 – “Retrospective”, Project Space, Kiev
2012 – “Kiev Sculpture Project”, Kiev, curated by Dr. Helen Pheby, Kateryna Taylor
2012 – Arsenale 2012 Biennal Special Project “Double Game”, Art Arsenal, curated by Aleksandr Soloviev, Marek Gozdziewski, Kaja Pawelek, Andrzej Zaleski,  Kiev, Ukraine. 

At the exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013, Ivanov presents a special project where he collects and creates objects after a series of conversations that continues throughout the exhibition, reflecting on his methodology as an artist.

Zhanna Kadyrova

Born 1981 in Brovary in the Kyiv region, Ukraine, where she currently lives and works. She graduated from Taras Shevchenko State Art School and received the Kazimir Malevich Artist Award, the Sergey Kuryokhin Modern Art Award for Public Art, the Grand Prix of the Kyiv Sculpture Project (all 2012) as well as a PinchukArtCentre Special Prize (2011). Her works have been extensively exhibited worldwide, recently at the 55th Venice Biennale, the Moscow Biennale and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (all 2013).

Zhanna Kadyrova has developed a distinctive sculptural language for mapping spaces (in the broadest sense of the word). The materials she works with emphasize the fractured nature of her objects, which are related to and reflect upon the social context of the everyday. 

Recent exhibitions:
2012 – “Angry birds” Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland
2012 – “Crowd”, solo exhibition, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine
2012 – “Myth "Ukrainian Baroque"”,  National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv
2012 – “Kyiv Sculpture Project”, Gryshko National Botanical Garden (grand-prix laureate)
2011 – “Implicit forms”, solo show, Small Gallery, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine. 

For the exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013 Kadyrova takes a new step in her artistic practice, resuming the lost tradition of mosaics, which can be found in public spaces all over the former Soviet Union. Those mosaics had an educational use, advocating morals and values. Adopting the same material and artistic language, Kadyrova transforms them by bringing them inside the gallery. Her work reflects critically on the changed use of images inside the public space and the decaying heritage of former soviet traditions.

Olesia Khomenko

Born 1980 in Kyiv, Ukraine, where she currently lives and works. She graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture of Ukraine, then was a resident at the Centre for Contemporary Art at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (2005–2006) and the Leipzig International Art Program (2008). Khomenko is co-founder and member of the R.E.P. artist group and the Hudrada curatorial association. She was nominated for PinchukArtCentre Prize in 2009 and 2011, the Future Generation Art Prize and the Kazimir Malevich Artist Award (both 2012).

The paintings of Olesia Khomenko are narrative reflections on subjects such as the proletarian hero and postsoviet space, landscape and architecture.

Recent exhibitions:
2013 - “Ukrainan News”, CSW Zamek Ujazdowsky, Warsaw, Poland
2012 - “Practice”, Lavra gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine
2012 - “Future Generations Art Prize”*, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine
2012 - “Paintings only. The New Ukrainian Figurative", Special project of Kyiv art Contemporary, Art Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine
2012 - “Best times, worst times”, main project of Kyiv Biennale Arsenale 2012, Art Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine. 

For the exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013, Khomenko takes a new step in her artistic practice, presenting an animation video made from her paintings. The video shows the face of a mother who pretends falling asleep over her child. Khomenko places the viewer in the role of the child by projecting the animation onto the single large-scale canvas used to paint the faces. Through the canvas, she maintains the memory of painting and gives a physical depth to the projected animation.

Alina Kopitsya

Born 1983 in Poliske in the Kyiv region, Ukraine. She lives and works in Boyarka in the Kyiv region. Kopitsya received her diploma in graphic arts from the National Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. Since 2008 she has been working in upcycling art and participated in the International Recycling Art Festival of Catalonia, Barcelona, and the On the Street festival in Istanbul.

Gender relations, sexual behaviour and fetishism are subjects of the textiles, sculptures and performances of Alina Kopitsya. With an uncomplicated, humoristic approach her provocative work addresses social taboos, unveiling the possibility of a passionate sexual drive free from gender-political relations and social expectations.

Recent exhibitions:
2012 – “Women’s workshop”, Visual Culture Research Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine
2012 – “Gender in IZOLYATSIA”, Medpunkt, IZOLYATSIA – platform for cultural initiatives, Donetsk, Ukraine
2012 - “MUHі 2012” nominees exhibition, Modern Art Research Institute, Kyiv, Ukraine
2011 – Pre-auction exhibition “Simply. Art”, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv 2011 – “Muzychi Christmas Art Fair”, village of Muzychi, Ukraine 

Kopitsya’s project at the exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013 presents a new erotic sculpture, a black silicon sphinx, together with a performance that invites the audience into a sublimated sexual game. The installation deals with the possible innocence and playfulness of sexuality, its infiltration of our daily life in daily encounters and its underlying liberating capacity. 

Mariia Kulykivska

Born 1988 in Kerch, Ukraine. She lives and works in Kyiv. Kulykivska received a masters degree of architecture from the National Academy of Art and Architecture, Kyiv. She was the winner of several contests such as the RutaRuna Project for young artists from Ukraine and Sweden (2013), In Search of Spaces of Negotiation, by Foundation CSM (2012), the Swiss non-profit organization AKKU (2011–2012), Mukhi 2010 at the Bottega Gallery in Kyiv and many others. She currently teaches the visual culture of contemporary art to children at the PinchukArtCentre. 

The nucleus of Mariia Kulykivska’s work is her own body, its perpetuation, its transformation and its decay. Throughout her young oeuvre the idea of her body has transformed into architectural structures made from natural materials, such as salt, milk or sugar, dealing with ideas of production, construction and de-construction.

Recent exhibitions:
2013 – “Where the wind blows” installation, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv 2013 – Group project “Beautiful”, installation “Army of Clone.2”, RuArts,  Moscow, Russia
2013 – Group project “Introversia”, installation “No name”, M17 Contemporary Art Center, Kyiv, Ukraine
2013 – Performance in public space ("Wein & Co" shop), Uster, Switzerland
2012 – “SWEET/SS LIFE” – solo show as a scholarship holder, an awardee of AKKU Kunstleratelier and Uster Department of Culture, Zurich, Switzerland

For at the exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013, Kulykivska creates a new sculpture made of self-produced salt bricks she uses to construct a landscape of 25 pillars, which by the very nature of the material and production will be in continuous decay.

Kurmaz Oleksandr

Born 1986 in Kyiv where he lives and works. Kurmaz graduated from the design department at the Ukrainian State Academy of Art in Kyiv. He was a finalist of the Kazimir Malevich Award, artist in residency of the Izolyatsia foundation, Donetsk, and the Artitude Kunstverein, Berlin. He had a solo exhibition in Warsaw in 2010, and participated in the RutaRuna Project for young artists from Ukraine and Sweden and the Must Art campaign in Minsk (both 2013).

Oleksandr Kurmaz started his artistic practice as a graffiti artist. When he gradually left the medium behind, he kept public space as his main domain and continued to use underground strategies of hijacking public space branded by advertisement and private commercial messages. In most of his work he plays a game of de-powering power structures, using both humoristic and conceptual interventions.

Recent exhibitions:
2013 – “Ukrainan News”, CSW Zamek Ujazdowsky, Warsaw, Poland
2013 – International Photography Festival FORMAT 13, Derby, Great Britain
2013 – “Coordinate system”, Yermilov Center, Kharkiv, Ukraine
2013 – “Peculiar Poetics”, Design Cloud, Chicago, USA
2012 - “Partly cloudy”, IZOLYATSIA, Donetsk, Ukraine. 

During the exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013, Kurmaz claims both the exhibition venue and the Besarabska market hall and its surroundings. By a series of interventions, Kurmaz confuses the private and public space, cracking open the set expectations of the passer-by.

Roman Minin

Born 1981 in Dimitrov in the Donetsk region, Ukraine. He lives and works in Kharkiv. Minin graduated from the Kharkov Academy of Design and Arts in 2008. In 2009 he received the Talent and Vocation medal from the worldwide alliance Peacemaker. He has participated in many group exhibitions and festivals, organizes the Street Art Fest in Kharkov and was head of the program Isoliatsya in city space in the Isoliatsya centre of the modern art in Donetsk 2012. 

The Donetsk region, where Roman Minin was born, is identified by mining. For the people living there it is not only an industry but a way of life. Minin has taken that as the main subject of his paintings and stained-glass windows, a metaphor for a closed social system that allows no way out. With The Plan of Escape from the Donetsk Region, Minin created his own artistic escape route from that imprisonment.

Recent exhibitions:
2011 – “None of my business”, project “The Wall”, Winzavod, Moscow, Russia
2011 -  “Plan of escape from the Donetsk Region”, Kharkiv City Art Gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine
2010 – “Miners folklore”, City Gallery, Sumy, Ukraine;
2010 – “Story of Beautiful Mania”, Volga Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2010 – “Dreams about war”, Vovatanya Gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine 

The exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013 allows Minin to take an essential step in combining his artistic practice as painter with his social engagement. The Plan of Escape from the Donetsk Region is be combined with a specially commissioned work by children from the region. They will (for the first time in their lives) travel to Kyiv to paint their own plan of escape.

Lada Nakonechna

Born 1981 in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. She lives and works in Kyiv. Nakonechna graduated from the National Academy of Fine Art and Architecture in Kyiv and has exhibited extensively both in Ukraine and abroad. She is a member of the R.E.P. artist group and co-founder of S (Art Workers’ Self-Defence Initiative) and Hudrada groups. She was shortlisted for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2009. 

Lada Nakonechna’s carefully crafted graphite pencil drawings construct meticulous and sometimes abstract landscapes that through their production process reflect on the physical context of the social environment each drawing is made in.

Recent exhibitions:
2013 – “Ukrainan News”, CSW Zamek Ujazdowsky, Warsaw, Poland
2012 – “Entfremdungseffekt”, Eigen+Art Lab, Berlin, Germany
2012 – “Weeldays”, CSW Zamek Ujazdowsky, Warsaw, Poland
2012 – “Landscape shielded by the picture”, Group exhibition, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv
2011 – “Labour Exhibition”, Visual Culture Research Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine. 

At the exhibition of the nominees for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013 Nakonechna builds a wall that touches neither the floor nor the ceiling. By the act of drawing on it she makes the wall visually disappear. In this work, Nakonechna points the attention of the viewer to the position of the artist as a manipulator of space and a regulator of perception. A photo of the manipulated space hangs inside adding complexity and confusion.

Mykola Ridnyi

Born 1985 in Kharkiv, Ukraine, where he currently lives and works. He graduated from the Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts. In 2005 he became co-founder and curator of the gallery-laboratory SOSka, an artist-run space for developing the local culture sphere in Kharkiv. Ridnyi was shortlisted for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2011.

Through video, sculpture and installation, Mykola Ridnyi performs a critical reflection on the socio-political context of the post-soviet environment. His artistic statements are often constructed using a combination of documentary films with traditional figurative sculptures and found objects.

Recent exhibitions:
2013 – “Ukrainan News”, CSW Zamek Ujazdowsky, Warsaw, Poland
2012 – “Labor Circle”, CSW Zamek Ujazdowsky, Bank Pekao Project Room, Warsaw, Poland
2012 – “Environment. Expirience of non institutional relationships. Kharkiv, 2004– 2012”, Center for creative industies Fabrika, Moscow, Russia
2012 – “Shelter”, Kunstverein das weisse haus, Vienna, Austria
2011 – “Documents”, Small Gallery, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine. 

For the exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013, Ridnyi creates a new installation dealing with the position of police authority and its power within Ukrainian society. The work balances between a critical representation of power structures and the personal narrative of a former policeman who now works as a sculptor. Sculptures of military boots are shown together with small videos of protest and a disarming interview with the former policeman.

Ivan Svitlychnyi

Born 1988 in Kharkiv, Ukraine, where he currently lives and works. He graduated from the Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts in easel painting and monumental sculpture. He is a founder and curator of the art organization 01011101 and curator of the exhibitions of the TEC creative centre in Kharkiv. Svitlychnyi was nominated for the PinchukArtCentre Prize in 2011. 

In his work, Ivan Svitlychnyi researches sound as sculpture. During the first stages of a production, he experiments with objects and creates the basis for a sculptural sound through their form. Abstract physical sculptures define the travel of sound and the reception of the sound by the viewer. Continuing his research through performances and actions in specific spaces, Svitlychnyi now redefines the possibilities of this process to create sound as a sculptural experience.

Recent exhibitions:
2012 - "Reserve Exit", "Kompetenzzentrum Kulturmanager " der Goethe-Institut, Yermilovcenter, Kharkiv.
2012 - ''ARSENALE 2012'', First Kyiv International Biennale, Kyiv, Ukraine.
2011 – Group exhibition of 20 PinchukArtCenter Prize nominees, Kyiv, Ukraine.
2011 - "Udai-Babayi", in cooperation with Evhen Svitlychnyi, “Accumulator” Festival of Eco City Planning, Kharkiv, Ukraine. 

For the exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013, Svitlychnyi creates a continually changing sculptural sound portrait of the twenty spaces where the shortlist exhibition takes place. The sound in each room is registered live, transformed by a sound matrix and played back into his exhibition space.

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.

Anna Zvyagintseva

Born 1986 in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. She lives and works in Kyiv. Zvyagintseva studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, Kyiv. She was a finalist in the 2010 MUHi Young Ukrainian Artists Prize. She has been a member of the curatorial group Hudrada since 2010, and in 2011 was co-founder of ISTM (Art Workers’ Self-Defense Initiative).

With a keen sense for drawing and for use of materials, Anna Zvyagintseva captures traces of daily life, encounters, coincidences or autobiographical facts in her sculptures, drawings and film works. Her young oeuvre takes the form of an intuitive diary preserving moments, ideas and actions, which otherwise would be lost.

Selected exhibitions:
2013 – “Ukrainan News”, CSW Zamek Ujazdowsky, Warsaw, Poland
2013 – “FILM PAPIER”, Galerie La Box, Bourges, France
2013 – “Court experiment”, curated by Hudrada, SIZ Gallery, Rijeka, Croatia
2013 – “Trusting movement”, Shcherbenko Art Centrer, Kyiv, Ukraine
2012 – “Disputed Territory”, Mykhailo Kroshytsky Sevastopol Art Museum, Ukraine 

For the exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013, Zvyagintseva has chosen one of the hundreds of drawings she made of daily household labour such as washing dishes. She has selected a fragment of that drawing and transforms it into the monumental sculpture of a drawing, using iron rods for the pencil lines. Through this transformation, the banal act of washing dishes is abstracted, dealing with the idea of labour itself.

Melnychuk-Burlaka Group

IVAN MELNYCHUK AND OLEKSANDR BURLAKA were both born 1982 in Kyiv, Ukraine, where they currently live and work. They are architects, members of the Grupa predmetiv group, who specialize in documenting and studying urban transformations. Burlaka is also a member of the Hudrada curatorial association and was a researcher for the exhibition project Trespassing Modernities, SALT Galata, Istanbul. Both artists are participants in the art program Bergen Assembly 2013.

Ivan Melnychuk and Oleksandr Burlaka’s practice is a critical reflection on how the architectural heritage and the urban context in the post-Soviet space are transformed in, and sometimes erased from, our collective memory. Trained as architects they question and study the role, ideology and responsibility of architects today.

For the exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013, Melnychuk and Burlaka present a number of real, unfinished or utopian architectural projects from the urban context of Kyiv. These projects aim to develop the city as a commercial space where architects abandon their responsibility and only function to execute the wish of the client. The complete work functions a manifest for the accountability of the architect towards the city as living environment and heritage.

Open Group

Was founded in Lviv in 2012 by five Ukrainian artists: Yuriy Biley (born 1988 in Uzhorod), Anton Varga (born 1989 in Uzhgorod), Pavlo Kovach (born 1987 in Uzhgorod), Yevgen Samborsky (born 1984 in Ivano-Frankivsk), Stanislav Turina (born 1988 in Makeevka in the Donetsk region). Over the past year, they have participated in several exhibitions including the Lviv Biennale and the Krendents festival in Vinogradiv. 

In a process of building temporal, open “galleries” in public places, Open Group creates space, both physical and psychological, to engage artistic discourse and question the gallery as a curated and/or commercial space. Open Group consists of five founding members but continuously invites “anyone” to join the group and contribute to its artistic output.

For the exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013, Open Group presents a special project continuing their practice of an open and continuous discourse, questioning the position and relation between the viewer, the artist and the work.


SYNCHRODOGS (formed in 2008) is an artist group of the two Ukrainian photographers Tania Shcheglova (born 1989 in Ivano-Frankovsk) and Roman Noven (born 1984 in Lutsk). They were winners of Harpers Bazaar’s art photography award for Ukraine (2011), the first prize in the Art Rebels x Canon photo contest, Denmark, and the FOAM Construct competition Netherlands (both 2012). They have extensively exhibited in solo and group shows worldwide.

Tania Shcheglova and Roman Noven travel around Ukraine, realizing different photographic series that deal with the presence of the human body within undisturbed nature. In their work they represent framed landscapes as abstracted and sublimated places disrupted by the introduction of a self-portrait into the image. These self-portraits are often reduced to a body with a continually transforming skin, strangely absorbed but alienated from its natural background.

For the exhibition of the nominees for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013, Synchrodogs have travelled to Iceland, continuing their practice of playful discovering, framing, disrupting and capturing sublime natural environments in their staged photographs.

Selection Committee

  • Oksana Barshynova - Head of the research Department of the 20th and early 21st Century Art in the National Art Museum of Ukraine (NAMU)
  • Kateryna Botanova - Director of CSM (Foundation Center for Contemporary Art), Chief-editor of the on-line art magazine Korydor
  • Björn Geldhof - Deputy Artistic Director of the PinchukArtCentre
  • Arsen Savadov - Artist
  • Kateryna Stukalova - Chief Editor of the ART UKRAINE magazine
  • Tetiana Tumasian - Director of Kharkiv City Gallery
  • Eckhard Schneider - General Director PinchukArtCentre (Ukraine)

International Jury

  • Ellen Blumenstein - Chief Curator of KW Institute for contemporary art (Berlin, Germany)
  • Dmitry Ozerkov - Head of the Department of Contemporary Art at the State Hermitage Museum (St-Petersburg, Russia)
  • Thierry Raspail - Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon, curator of Lyon Biennale (France)
  • Leanne Sacramone - Curator at the Fondation Cartier (Paris, France)
  • Eckhard Schneider - General Director of the PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv, Ukraine)
  • Catherine Wood - Curator of Contemporary Art / Performance at Tate Modern (Bankside, Great Britain)

Statistic data on application results

All art works had been submitted during three months long application period and were accepted strictly on-line via respective website.

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Partner Platforms

  • CSM (Foundation Center for Contemporary Art), Kyiv
  • Cultural Initiative “Hitch & Klum”, Simferopol
  • Faculty of Lviv National Academy of Art, Sevastopol
  • Experimental Centre of Contemporary Art “Tea Factory”, Odessa
  • Odessa Museum of Modern Art, Odessa
  • Centre of Youth Initiatives “Totem”, Kherson
  • Ya Gallery Art Centre, Dnipropetrovsk
  • Yermilov Centre, Kharkiv
  • Kharkiv City Art Gallery, Kharkiv
  • Dzyga Contemporary Art Gallery, Lviv
  • Artists Formation “Forums”, Ivano-Frankivsk
  • Gallery “Art on the Wall”, Bastion Fortress Gallery, Ivano-Frankivsk



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