...this is a video clip from my 2k7 visit to Kyiv, capital of Ukraine;
traditional ukrainian singer Kobzar singing a song of Ivan Mazepa
( read Lord Byron 'Mazepa' or Pushkin 'Poltava') - one of symbols
of Ukrainian independence movement of all time
of three parts of Taras Plataiko exhibition at Ukrainian Istitute in New York I would put on the first place four black/white nudes:
they have a strong emotional appeall and mistic of behind the Glass dark, a bit gloomy,but beautiful
melody that stay with you for a time and keep getting back and have a multiple reading of real art work;
one of nude litarally shoot at viewer with a rifle...a point when you really can forget of woman's body;-);
on the second place I would put the video/photo installation "Kyiv Classical"- vidio/photo investigation
about a disappearance of commemorative plaque from the wall of The Four Tower Building in Bad Ems (Germany) where Russian Czar Alexander II signed a secret edict prohibiting the use of the Ukrainian language in 1876; very original and timely idea, something that really hard to implement and the point when
history, modern time and artistic imagination give us a multimeadia installation that from my point of view
require extra thinking and extra work;
"Glare" - something that couple of people I spoke to called "a quoted art" or "secondary" work or
NOT an art at all: famous Kazimir Malevich "Black square" had been interpreted and explained many
times ( and yes we do need new idea, new approach, fresh air!);
here a link to YouTube video interview with other ukainian artistVita Soyka (in ukrainian):
"...modern art at the state when it requires some kind of electroshock to be revived",
"...my seven years old could do better work than this one"
One more quote from an eighteen century ukrainian philosopher Hrygorii Skovoroda:
kto j na eya pl'uet ostruyu stal'?
tot chiya sovest' - kak chistiy hrustal'
who is to spit on her sharpened blade? those with conscious - like virgin maid's...
In time when a cost of an human life's getting cheaper and cheaper - it's a great
a Maxima to follow and a great compass to get oriented in a moral chaos
of our modern time.
my translation from Ukrainian 2 English