Swimming Wasn't Allowed in the Plant's Aquatorium

ARTСult Foundation is the Partner of the event

September 23 – October 24, 2021

Swimming Wasn't Allowed in the Plant's Aquatorium under the curatorship of Zhanna Kadyrova and Maya Kolesnik is the first large presentation of the works by those artists who have worked on the territory of the former Odesa Shipyard SRZ-2 in recent years, turning it into a unique cultural cluster and transmedial laboratory.

In just a few years, the private complex of SRZ-2 has become a symbiosis of sculpture, painting, silk-screen and music studios, engineering workshops and an atelier. The conditions that made this organic synthesis and dialogue of arts possible are exceptional to the сontemporary Ukrainian art history.

The exhibition examines the phenomenon of the emergence of self-organized creative community, conditions and modalities of consolidation, and, in particular, the space itself as a basic condition: an abandoned ship repair plant in the historic centre of Odesa, which is threatened to be demolished today due to the coastline development projects priorities. Drawing on the experience of the SRZ-2 art cluster, ​the project raises issues of the precarious situation of the artist in society and the opportunities for artists to realize and develop their full potential.

The exhibition includes works by such artists as Zhenya Volno, Vasya Dmytryk, Maxim Zatsarinniy, Zhanna Kadyrova, Pavlo Klymenko, Commercialpublicart, Natalia Kushnir, Natalia Marynenko, MNPL, Denis Ruban, Ereh Saw, Mykyta Tyshchenko, Daria Chechushkova, Ksenia Shcherbakova, and other.

It also presents artefacts and other evidence of the plant's past life, archival materials and documentation of its transformation.

Curators: Zhanna Kadyrova, Maya Kolesnik

The exhibition is open: from September 23rd to October 24th, 2021

Official opening: September 23rd at 7 p.m.

Opening hours: Tuesday — Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Address: M17 Contemporary Art Center, 102-104, Antonovycha St., Kyiv

Entry is free of charge on the condition of advance registration!

The registration form can be found at the link: https://is.gd/m17_registration

M17 Contemporary Art Center is a cultural institution that aspires to become a place for dialogue within the professional community, a platform for learning and researching the historical and current cultural processes. Together with Ukrainian and international experts, we want to educate and inspire Ukrainian society and to promote its positive transformation through exhibition projects, various artistic and educational practices. CAC supports artistic experiments, collaborations and international exchanges for experts and artists of various fields, in particular, to integrate Ukrainian art into the global context. 

Adamovskiy Foundation is an organization founded in 2018 by businessman Andriy Adamovskiy. The fund’s activities are non-commercial and aimed at preserving and studying the cultural heritage of Ukraine and Eastern Europe. The mission of the Foundation is to promote culture and the arts, which is essential for the sustainable development of civilized society.

ArtCult Foundation is a public organization created by an initiative group to popularize and support art in Ukraine and abroad. The Foundation is engaged in exhibitions, art projects, festivals, charitable auctions, educational projects and other events in the cultural industry.