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Current Exhibits

Homeland in Exile

May 20 - June 10, 2017

The author of exhibit is a Ukrainian photojournalist Anastasia Vlasova.
The story is about Crimean Tatars, a Muslim minority, originally based in Crimea, who were exiled to Central Asia in 1944 under Stalin’s rule.

Three years ago more than 2,000 Crimean Tatars moved to Western Ukraine after Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

For both nations, Crimean Tatars and Lvivans, religion is a part of their lifestyle and has an important role in the community. The project is aimed to show the integration of Crimean Tatars Muslims into the Christian community in Lviv and build bridges between societies.

The work also explores the process of regaining a home and creating a homeland in an absolutely different environment.

For a long time, Crimean Tatars were known as nomads who were taken away from their home by a repressive Soviet machine, forced to spend 50 years in exile in Central Asia, and then endured numerous human rights violations on the journey back to their homeland, Crimea.

This history repeated itself in 2014 when thousands of Crimean Tatars left their homes for the second time in order not to become victims of Russian repressions again. Witnessing the second exile of the Crimean Tatar nation, I am exploring the strong connections they have with their land and discovering how they get along in another society.

I show the process through four families in Western Ukraine: Enver Bekirov, a Crimean Tatar activist, and a Crimea-SOS volunteer; Elvira Drozdova, a mother of two children; and Abdarrakhman and Dilyara, a family of Salafists, who live in a village of Borynia and recently started a small business.

Oriental Flavor

May 20 - June 10, 2017

This exhibit is shown in the context of the Crimean Tatar Culture festival at America House on May 20. Most of the exhibited works were inspired by nature and all paintings use colors and topics that represent the spirit of Crimean Tatar culture.


Author’s Biography:

Lenur Velilyaev was born on June 4th, 1987. He currently lives and works in Kharkiv, Ukraine. He graduated from the Samokish Art School in the Crimea, Department of Painting, and the Kharkiv Academy of Arts and Design where he studied easel painting. He has participated in various art exhibitions and his works are in private collections in museums and galleries in Ukraine and abroad (Russia, USA, Switzerland, France, UK, Montenegro, Jordan, Uzbekistan, Poland, Czech Republic).

Live Free

May 23 - June 9, 2017

“So every time you think you are European, remember where it’s heart lies, and thank Ukrainians for making Europe meaningful, and taking us to the next level.” - stated in February 2014 by Francis Martin O’Donnell, UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine (2004-2009).

Ukrainian artist, entrepreneur and civic activist, Olha Bosak, first launched Live Free in Kyiv in January 2016. Her art collection, Live Free, draws upon her personal involvement and experiences during the 2013-2014 Ukrainian Euromaidan “Revolution of Dignity.” After being displayed at the United Nations General Assembly building in New York, the exhibit moved to Ottawa and Toronto with the hope of raising further awareness of this massive public action during the winter of 2013-2014. Now the exhibition came back to Kyiv and is on display at America House Kyiv.

This public diplomacy project promotes an image of the new Ukraine. It demonstrates to the global community the importance of the Revolution of Dignity for Ukraine, and how Maidan continues to shape and inform public opinion in Ukraine, including the desire to live free as an independent nation and society. Events that have occurred since the beginning of the XXI century in Ukraine tend to prove that there is a big need for inter-country cooperation and the involvement of the global community in resolving conflicts and preventing aggression. While each country needs to focus on its own problems, the global community must stand up to aggression to prevent the spread of global instability.

Past Exhibits

Quo Vadis?

April 27 - May 20, 2017

This project is a philosophic reflection of how humanity has gotten where it is, what path it could choose moving forward and what its future holds. Using the visual language of art, Sergiy Dryziaka and Sergiy Lytvynov explore two of the world’s recent tragedies: 9/11 in the United States and the Chornobyl catastrophe in Ukraine. The exhibit rethinks these events and also states that, despite tragedies, the beauty of our planet and enduring human values fill the world with kindness, love and a belief in the rejuvenation of humanity.

bridges

May 4 - May 18, 2017

Author: Olexandra Zlunitsyna.
This exhibit is about 12 bridges in Kyiv, 12 brave volunteers, 12 different stories told through the lens of one photographer. What do people and bridges, fragile humans and strong giants have in common?

“This story is about the hope. I want to tell the story about those whose work is great but invisible; about those who bridge divides every day and show the way; about those who want to help people in need; those who carry great burdens every day and do not give up; about the people-bridges. These photographs depict 12 different young and vibrant female volunteers. They are all from different fields of work, with different backgrounds and hobbies, but they share the same goal. Maybe these women are not the coolest and the most famous, but it’s they who inspired me for this project.” - Olexandra Zlunitsyna
Project is supported by Studena NGO.

Letters to America

 April 25 - May 13, 2017

Letters to America is a multimedia project which researches the issues of collective imaginary and cultural mythology of Ukrainians about themselves and the USA through personal narratives. The starting point of the project was the friendly correspondence between Ukrainians and Americans initiated by Victoria Myronyuk in 2011-2012 within the artistic residency of CEC ArtsLink in Columbus, OH, USA. The artist has launched the collection of letters from Ukrainian citizens placing an announcement about the project in several Ukrainian media. As a result, Victoria got around 80 letters from various towns and villages of Ukraine from citizens whose age varies from 7 to 94 years. These numerous testimonies of Ukrainians were translated into English and delivered to the random receivers by the art-postman -Victoria Myronyuk. In letters, the authors describe their everyday life, personal and political preoccupations, as well as individual requests. In doing that, they also display their imagined America and there own country fusing many personal stories, stereotypes and plots of popular films.

life is jazz

April 11- April 29, 2017

Life is a lot like jazz ... it’s best when you improvise.
George Gershwin
The Ukrainian artists Vitaliy Koshliak, Natalia Krushrevych, Marian Luniv, Olha Morozova and Mykhaylo Sydorenko are engaged in the “Life Is Jazz” art-project. Their paintings have a shared leit-motif - improvisation, freedom of creativity and love of life.

The project of music in the jazz rhythms is reverberating with musical improvisation, it is bursting with swing pulsations and balancing between figurative and abstract painting. Each of the artists creates her/his own expressive tune in painting, the melody of free artists, with the common space highlighting the solo improvisation of each.

There is a certain temptation in setting oneself free. Spontaneity can be frightening, and yet it presents a priceless source of creativity, the creativity with the right to err, with the live revealing of emotions, and without any strict control. This is Art created “at the first go”.

Women's Rights are Human Rights

March 30 - April 20, 2017

This show by Dina Bernardin is a celebration and a testimony to the rights that are basic to us all. The stories told here assure us that we can campaign for the fragile beauty that is our birthright according to the Declaration.

CITY.VALUES

March 25 - April 8, 2017


The exhibition CANactions CITY.VALUES depicts the city and demonstrates its head values among which people are the priority. It enables everyone to find out his or her own values in the common and discover personal values in the city layout.

Eyes: UNDER THE GAZE OF NATURE

March 10 - March 31, 2017

The modern world, with its fast pace, global information, and chaos of social media, lulls sensory experiences and the ability to examine ourselves. “EYES” speaks about the need to stop, think, to look within oneself. The “box” is an allegory of the “TV of the future” where one can see not only the external shell of the illusory world, but also a real essence of our true selves. The circuit board at the back of the box is the analogue of the future “neuron” connections between people that override technologically programmed emotions.

Participants of this project were the children of ATO veterans who had a chance to close their eyes and go deep within their own inner world. We took pictures of the children at the moment when they opened their eyes but their gaze was still directed inside themselves. Upon encountering their eyes on the photos, they made pictures on glass with unusual zealousness. Every “box” contains the photo observed by the eyes painted on the glass. Each work is a projection of the inner world to the outside.

“EYES” is the continuation of the previous conceptual exhibit “BODIES.” Together they are the result of a unique reflection of the world of children affected by war.

Empowering Ukrainian Women to Lead

March 17 - March 29, 2017

Photographs will showcase women leaders from across Ukraine and their varied engagement in political and civic activism. Approximately half of the photos will demonstrate the current aptitude of strong, motivated women to take on leadership roles in political and civic sectors, advocating for and advancing principles of democracy and good governance in Ukraine. The other half of the photos will exhibit women training women, networking, and coming together to support, learn from and encourage one another as they individually serve in their respective communities and as collectively they shine as examples of the potential of women leadership in Ukraine.

Bizarre Bazaar: Commerce and Public Space in Ukraine is the result of a travel course from the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. In May 2016, eight students from the University of Michigan traveled to Kyiv, Odesa and Lviv for a 3-week workshop organized by Lecturer of Architecture, Ashley Bigham.

Temporary. Oleksii Sai’s solo exhibition

February 21st - March 15th, 2017

Oleksii Sai’s solo exhibition “Temporary” represents excel artworks from the “New Landscape” series. There are images of construction activities made over the past 10 years.

Cities change their appearance, but this process is imperceptible. Urban development is a constant, yet buildings under construction are temporary and not recognized in their volatility.

art:optimism

America House hosts an “art:optimism” project to reconsider “optimism” in Ukrainian society and inspire people towards a positive world perception. In 2009, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), in collaboration with American artist Reed Seifer, released 14 millions New York MetroCards with a single printed word “optimism.” With support of Optimism:Київ, these cards appeared in Ukraine. America House is hosting the interactive installation from 15 to 22 February 2017. You have an opportunity to become an owner of this rare card if you visit America House on 22 February 2017.

I am a Reformer

January 18th - February 16th, 2017

Reforms. This word triggers many different associations, but of the images it conjures, you probably won’t think of a person.The Photo Exhibition “I am a Reformer” breaks stereotypes. Reformers are young, energetic people.
They do not hide behind the attributes of power.
They have no need for the bureaucratic hat.

Life after Injury: A photography project by Oleksii Furman

December 15th, 2016 - January 17th, 2017

Life after Injury is a photography project about young Ukrainian soldiers who were wounded during the ongoing war with Russia-backed rebels and Russian regular army in the Donbass region.

Chornobyl360

April 8th - May 14th, 2016

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Chornobyl industrial disaster America House Kyiv collaborated with the Chornobyl 360 Group on a high-tech art exhibit. The Chornobyl 360 is a unique project that shows Chornobyl from various angles. This transmedia exhibition combines photo, audio, video and virtual reality via Oculus Gear VR. By creating interactive virtual environments, the project raises awareness about the Chornobyl tragedy among youth. During the opening visitors could experience the feeling of being in the exclusion zone without leaving America House.

Corruption is…

15 September - 26 October 2016

America House opened the exhibit “Corruption is…” organized by Centre UA as a part of the 4th International Contest “Stop Censorship! Citizens for Free Countries”. Artists from around the world, including Poland, Canada, Italy, Mexico, Iran, Venezuela, Ecuador, China, submitted over 570 works to the contest. People from 89 countries followed the contest on social media. The exhibition at America House displayed selected works from the contest that criticize corruption, promote access to information, and highlight anticorruption practices. During the opening at America House, the contest’s organizers, Aksinya Kurinna and Natalia Sokolenko, awarded the winners and emphasized the importance of art as an effective tool for raising awareness about social issues.

National Geographic and IDPs Photo Exhibition

15 January - 30 January 2016

America House Kyiv collaborated with USAID, the Institute for Regional Media and Information, Vision Workshops, and National Geographic to organize an art project that raises issues of human rights, encourages a better integration of vulnerable communities, examines conflict-generated tensions, and opens peacemaking dialog among the internally displaced people and hosting communities. The exhibit “In Focus: Life in Transition through the Eyes of Youth” opened with the young IDP photographers’ presentation of their pictures and a photography masterclass by Zoriy Fain and Yuliya Kochetova, National Geographic photographers. The photos told stories of people who were forced to leave their homes and start over. They highlighted moments of people’s lives hit by the conflict on their homeland. The exhibit aimed to counter negative stereotypes about displaced people. The photography masterclass that gave the audience a chance to work with IDPs and learn practical photography skills in high-risk areas, shooting techniques and planning, and the process of communication with military personnel and civilians.

The Coefficient of Independence

21 August - 17 September 2015

In partnership with the Modern Art Research Institute in Kyiv, America House opened an art exhibition, “The Coefficient of Independence.” The project features the work of 30 Ukrainian artists and 2 American artists reflecting on the shared value of independence at the international, national and personal levels. 240 visitors attended the art-opening, including government and civil society leaders. Shari Bistransky, Cultural Attache of the US Embassy, and Dmytro Kuleba, First Secretary of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, joined in the opening remarks.

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America House Kyiv is a welcoming, dynamic space that fosters discussion and debate, provides opportunities for professional and personal skill-building, and sparks creativity and collaboration around shared Ukrainian and U.S. values. America House supports U.S. public diplomacy in Ukraine by creating a place for innovative, direct engagement with Ukrainian audiences, promoting open dialogue, counteracting negative preconceptions, and building cultural bridges to deepen mutual understanding.  

If you have an idea for a gallery exhibit that works towards the objectives of America House and would like to collaborate with us, please send us your proposal.

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