The exhibition Places We Love: Art and the Ukrainian East closes at the St Andrews Botanic Garden this weekend, after an extended run to July 24th 2022. We are holding a closing event this Sunday July 24th from 3-5pm – please come and join us if you can!
Dr Victoria Donovan and Dr Darya Tsymbalyuk will discuss the book that inspired the exhibition, Limits of Collaboration: Art, Ethics and Donbas (Kyiv: Rosa Luxembourg Stiftung, 2022) at 3pm in the Bothy. This will be followed by a final exhibition tour. Prints from the exhibition will also be on sale, with all proceeds going direct to Ukrainian artists.
Places We Love: Art and the Ukrainian East features the work of four contemporary Ukrainian artists: Oleksandr Kuchynskyi, Masha Pronina, Darya Tsymbalyuk, and Viktor ‘Corwic’ Zasypkin. Ranging from photography to montage to painting, these works provide insights into industrial heritage, pre-war cityscapes, the violence of military incursions, and the multiple lives and loves of the Donbas region. Donbas (Donetsk Coal Basin) is an industrial region in the east of Ukraine, which since 2014 has been partially occupied by Russia, and where war has been ongoing for eight years. Places featured in this exhibition include Mariupol, Sieverodonetsk, and Donetsk, now sadly familiar to international audiences because of Russian atrocities.
Please note that access to the exhibition is included with standard admission to the St Andrews Botanic Garden (students enter for free).
Places We Love has been organised by the St Andrews Centre for Contemporary Art in collaboration with the Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and East European Studies and the Centre for Art and Politics at the University of St Andrews, and kindly hosted by the St Andrews Botanic Garden. The exhibition is co-organised by Kate Cowcher, Victoria Donovan, Catherine Spencer, and Darya Tsymbalyuk.