For Kyiv Art Fair Gallery 83 presents chosen artworks of five Ukrainian contemporary artists which will unite a group project- Dmytro Prosvietov, Elmira Shemsedinova, Ira Gvozdyk, Alena Tokovenko and Lenna Sharashidze. The project represents intentions of young artists aimed to find a balance between external and internal, individual and collective, considers the relationship of objective and subjective levels in the perception of reality and is a marker of socio-historical and life meanings that reveal time transformations and it's mood.
The concept of our project actualizes the importance of the role of memory, archetypes, nature not only as the basis of self-knowledge and means of finding one's own identity, but also expressive disclosure / reporting of painful topics (fragility of human life and peace in armed conflicts) and the basis of our future.
It combines calm, contemplative and dynamic states. This contrast is achieved, in particular, by comparing the project of I. Gvozdyk "Second color is black", dedicated to the theme of hybrid warfare in Ukraine and the project of D. Prosvetov "The one who fades away", which through the sketches of changeable Carpathian and Crimean nature illustrates the ephemerality of human life and the value of being able to enjoy every moment lived in it. In general, works of art illustrate the vectors of creative search of young artists and the nature of their experiments.
Gallery 83 was founded in 2017 by artist and printmaker Ira Gvozdyk in Kyiv. The key objective of the gallery is to support young artists, which due to certain circumstances, have not gained necessary exposure in their field, promoting them on the art market, searching for new names and introducing them to Ukrainian and foreign audiences. We consider our participation in the international art fair Context Art Miami 2019 to be our achievement. Particular attention is paid to printmaking - an independent and complete art field on its own. Ira Gvozdyk which herself has frequently participated in print exchanges abroad, launched and curated a similar project in Ukraine since 2016. It is a first annual international Print Exchange in Ukraine which in 2020 will take place for the fifth time.
During this time, around 150 Ukrainian and foreign graphic artists took part in the event, thanks to which was a result of a cross-section of contemporary artistic ideas. At the same time, as a part of Ukrainian Print Exchange, we are held a charity fair annually to sell original prints (intaglios, linocuts, lithographs, monotypes) in order to raise funds for children with special needs.