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Daria Koltsova at Museum Ludwig, Cologne
The Ruskin is delighted to announce that MFA student Daria Koltsova has new work on show as part of the exhibition 'HERE AND NOW: Modernism in Ukraine 1900–1930s & Daria Koltsova'.
Glass installation by Daria Koltsova. Image by Daria Koltsova.
"The exhibition recreates the polyphony of artistic styles and cultural identities that existed in Ukraine in the early twentieth century. By focusing on the cities of Kyiv and Kharkiv, it tells the story of Ukrainian modernist artists and their attempts to establish a national school of art in a bid for Ukrainian statehood and cultural autonomy.
The modernist movement in Ukraine unfolded against a complicated socio-political backdrop of collapsing empires, World War I, the revolutions of 1917 with the ensuing short-lived independence of the Ukrainian People’s Republic (1917–20), and the eventual establishment of Soviet Ukraine."
"Despite such political turmoil, this became a period of true flourishing in Ukrainian art, literature, theater, and cinema. Ukraine’s complex historical background resulted in a vibrant amalgamation of encounters, combining Ukrainian, Polish, Russian and Jewish elements to create a distinctly local cultural profile."
-Excerpts from the exhibition introduction
Daria Koltsova is showing a magnificent stained glass installation as part of the exhibition. She says: "The stained-glass installation 'Tessellated Self' is my psychological inner landscape, my attempt to analyse my intrapersonal identity conflict tessellating my new Self together interweaving the symbols of Kharkiv soviet time architecture, Ukrainian ritual objects and modernism in Ukraine which influence my art practice. I was born in Kharkiv, 40 kilometres from the border with Russia. I’m familiar with all the contradictions of identity in borderlands which have been absorbing opposites for centuries."
"The medium of stained glass emphasises the fragility of everything around. On the other hand it is my protest against indoctrination and propaganda in art. Monumental art of stained glass windows, mosaics and public sculptures were widely used by Soviets as a tool of propaganda to promote ideology. I
consciously use this medium to tell a deeply personal story, almost a confession, which is something that has almost never had a place in the monumental art before." "..." "I want to figure out how history was experienced by individuals."
3rd June - 24th September 2023
Further information can be found here.
Daria Koltsova is currently undertaking a Master of Fine Art at the Ruskin and is a Ukraine Scholarship holder.