Ukraine: Art exhibition suffered multiple threats and attacks


More than a dozen masked men stormed into the Visual Culture Research Centre (VCRC) on 7 February 2017, vandalized Davyd Chychkan’s ‘The Lost Opportunity’ exhibition and beat a security guard at the venue in Ukrainian capital Kiev, reported Polish network Political Critique on 8 February 2017.

VCRC reported on its Facebook page that just a few days earlier on 4 February members of what they describe as “far-right groups” tried to break in to the venue and damaged the banner and poster of the exhibition outside the centre.

Due to that incident, VCRC decided to cancel the artist’s guided tour of the exhbition. The centre also noted that they decided to close the exhibition a weekend earlier “because of social media threats by the right-wing groups”.

The exhibition, which re-opened on 12 February, focuses on the consequences after the February 2014 Ukrainian revolution known as the Euromaidan Revolution, as well as the subsequent war with Russia.

VCRC decided to keep the exhibition in its “present condition … preserved as it is after the pogrom … [to] serve as a ground for reflection on the situation, in which current artistic expression is now, as well as of our society in general”.

The exhibition opened from 2-26 February 2017. Hyperallergic reported that VCRC estimates the space suffered $1,500 USD in damages and the artworks suffered $6,000 USD in damages.


» Watch the news report from Ukrainian internet tv station Hromadske.tv showing the attack and vandalism here


Photo: Damage to the exhibition; the banner reads: “What happened, happened, but it was not what we wanted”/Visual Culture Research Centre Facebook page


Sources

» Visual Culture Research Centre
Visual Culture Research Center reopens ‘The Lost Opportunity’

» Political Critique – 17 February 2017
The lost opportunity: After the pogrom

» Hyperallergic – 13 February 2017
Masked men destroy exhibition at Kiev art space

» Artnet – 10 February 2017
Right-wing extremists vandalize politically charged art exhibition in Kiev

» Artforum – 9 February 2017
Masked men destroy exhibition after storming cultural centre in Kiev

» The Art Newspaper – 9 February 2017
Kiev exhibition that questioned the results of Maidan revolution vandalised

» Political Critique – 8 February 2017
We stand with our friends in Kiev after the violent attack on their cultural centre

» Facebook – 7 February 2017
Visual Culture Research Centre description of the attack

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