Futurespective: the Future through the Eyes of Ukrainian Artists

ARTСult Foundation is a Partner of the event

July 30 – August 27, 2021

On July 30th, the M17 Contemporary Art Center opens the exhibition "Futurespective: the Future through the Eyes of Ukrainian Artists". The M17 CAC partnered with Vogue UA for the magazine's large-scale art project dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Ukraine's independence.

The project highlights artists' views on the theme of the future. The participants include Arsen Savadov, Pavlo Makov, Illya Chichkan, Illya Isupov, Valeria Trubina, Masha Shubina, and Olena Yemchuk. Unexpected and provocative works of the artists will form the basis for the exhibition at M17, as well as for the digital project of the magazine on social media, and will be published in the collectable issue of Vogue UA (July-August 2021).

"The project discourse is the future in all its diversity. The artists do not aim to predict it. However, they do, each in their own special way, manifest a certain collective memory, an embarrassment of the present, a foreboding of things to come. The exhibition emerges as both a retrospective and an announcement. Art has this unique quality: to live the future right here, right now, imagining the ideal - perfect and true.

Svetlana Starostenko, Exhibition Curator

30 artists — 30 different views on the world and the future. Vitaliy Kravets reflects on the hopelessness of the planet's ecological future through the example of the Chernobyl disaster, which is personal to every Ukrainian. 

Unpredictability is embodied in the triptych Mutation by sculptor Olexiy Zolotariov. Ordinary things take another form — they mutate. But according to the laws of the Universe, we are granted to have the balance. And the meter of fresh green grass in Tiberiy Silvashi's photo gives a sense of space — a symbol of unlimited possibilities and freedom.

"How important is it to have an image of the future in your head in order to move forward? The lack of one makes us hit the buffers and look backward in search of a sort of reference point, slowing us down. As so it often happens, the role of guides is undertaken by artists — and they offer a daring look beyond the horizon together with them at the exhibition at the M17 CAC and through the pages of Vogue magazine.

Natalia Shpytkovska, Director of the M17 Contemporary Art Center

ARTСult Foundation is a Partner of the event

30 July - 27 August 2021

Official opening: 30 July at 19:00

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 11:00 to 21:00

Address: 102-104 Antonovycha Street, M17 Contemporary Art Center