Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory


Alice Yakubovich (right) wanted to inspire people by the Bible topic of Noah's Flood.
Photo provided by AkT 

Culture of Ukraine, More, Ukraine

Edited by: Viktoriia Zhuhan

A huge art space of a size of two hockey fields (3600m2) was opened In Kyiv. The exhibition consists of 200 works from more than 30 artists. The organizer Alice Yakubovich used the territory of  the giant coworking area in Ukraine’s capital  Platforma Art-Factory. It is located in Kyiv’s “rust belt”. During the Soviet times it was a real factory. However, during the last years it was just a huge abandoned area.

The topic of the exhibition is Life After the Noah’s Flood and it was taken from the Bible. The artworks are devoted to life after the flood. Alice explains that she wanted to inspire people by this theme:

“The war is so close and there are many depressive notes, both in people and in art. I wanted to do something exalted. I thought that life after the Noah’s Flood was like life from scratch. You can compare it to life after the war, after the ruin. When everything has been destroyed and you can build something new.”

Life After the Noah’s Flood is the second exhibition organized by Alice. Photo provided by AkT ~

Life After the Noah’s Flood is the second exhibition organized by Alice. Photo provided by AkT

Why did you decide to organize an exhibition?

During the last year I have changed around 10 professions, starting from a journalist and ending with a kite instructor. I also worked as SMM manager, a model, a marketing manager… I realized that I always liked art, photo, and theater. What I also noticed was that in Ukraine art was poorly developed and sporadic. Artists are not able to sell their works, they can’t present themselves. They are shy. That’s why I thought it would have been cool to display Ukrainian art to the broad public, especially since we don’t have public art as such, only some examples.  

How did you select artists?

I had zero contacts among artists. I only had one friend who was just starting to draw. I started from a post on Facebook and then created a group. We made up a name AKT and announced that we were looking for artists, photographers, installation artists.  People started messaging me via Facebook and e-mail, and the selection process begun. I didn’t even know there were so many artists in Ukraine. Not just artists, but talented artists. We accepted almost everyone.

What about the artworks?

I have very simple criteria. When I see the artwork, I either like it, or not. Another important thing was whether there was an idea, as well as whether it didn’t make people want to go away. I have been to cultural centers from which I wanted to run away. Art can cause negative emotions, but it should not push me away.

Where did the funds for the project come from?

I don’t know how it happens, but almost all my projects cost 2 coins and a candy. Platforma Art Factory provided premise for free and financed some parts of the project. Platforma is sometimes used for street food festival, open air market of local producers, or charity. However, there wasn’t any place where talented artists could present their works (even though it is an Art Factory). I came with this idea to the Platforma Art Factory managers and our discussions had lasted for over two months.

First I planned it as a three-day festival, but then I realized people would have spent time and money to bring their artworks here. That’s why we decided to do it on a permanent base. Artists didn’t pay the participation fee, but we also didn’t pay honorariums for using their art pieces. So far it has been working in a “Ukrainian way”, with total budget of about $ 2000.

Next exhibition starts on 15 July. It is called Around an Axis and is devoted to time and its periodicity. It is about how standing at the same place you can still change your point of view.

Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory ~~
Out of Eden, Author: Yuliya Poliakova
Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory ~~
Inside Yourself, Author: Oleh Radvana
Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory ~~
Series Chrysalis, Author: Olha Glumcher
Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory ~~
The art space takes 3600 m2
Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory ~~
Jujutsu, Author: Alina Gaeva
Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory ~~
Art-Factory is organized on the territory of the real old factory
Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory ~~
Virgo, Author Lera Litvynova
Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory ~~
A part of works in the exhibition is devoted to sins
Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory ~~
Brunette, Author: Serhiy Piskunov
Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory ~~
Series Another Point Of View, Authors: Anna Vasilieva, Yaroslav Korobka
Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory ~~
Series Another Point Of View, Author: Yaroslav Korobka
Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory ~~
Where is your brother, Cain? Author: Olga Glumcher
Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory ~~
Unity, Author: Egor Zygura
Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory ~~
Series Another Point Of View, Authors: Anna Vasilieva, Yaroslav Korobka
Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory ~~
Series Another Point of View
Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory ~~
Series Another Point Of View
Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory ~~
Sandbags complement the theme of the global flood
Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory ~~
Cosmic Ejaculation, Author: Artem Trushel
Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory ~~
A Grid, Author: Maksym Fynogeev
Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory ~~
Relationships, Author: Anna Bytaeva
Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory ~~
1 - Selfie, 2- Beyond Transcendence,  Author: Sasha Q
Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory ~~
Series Eternal Life, Author: Alina Gaeva
Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory ~~
The Universe, Author: Alina Gaeva
Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory ~~
Author: Semen Scherbyna
Giant modern art gallery opened in Kyiv old Soviet factory ~~
Emergence, Collaps, Author: Nina Smykalova

Photos in the gallery by Olena Makarenko

Edited by: Viktoriia Zhuhan

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