Thursday 25 May, 18.30–19.45, followed by a drinks reception
GRAD 3-4a Little Portland Street London W1W 7JB
FREE. Please RSVP to email@example.com
Join us for a roundtable discussion between two leading Ukrainian artists Nikita Kadan and Mykola Ridnyi and distinguished art-historian and journalist Konstantin Akinsha chaired by Tate’s Senior curator Kasia Redzisz.
Was born in Kyiv in 1982. In 2007 graduated from National Academy of Fine Art (Kyiv) where he studied on department of monumental painting under professor Mykola Storozhenko. Nikita Kadan works with painting, graphics, and installation, often in interdisciplinary collaboration with architects, sociologists and human rights activists. He is a member of the artist group REP (Revolutionary Experimental Space) and founding member of Hudrada (Artistic Committee), a curatorial and activist collective. Lives in Kyiv. Read more at Nikita’s website
Mykola Ridnyi was born 1985 in Kharkiv, Ukraine where he currently lives and works. He graduated in 2008 from the National Academy of design and arts in Kharkiv, where he studied in the sculpture department. Since 2005, he has been a founding member of the SOSka group, an art collective based in Kharkiv. The same year he cofounded the SOSka gallery-lab, an artist-run-space in an abandoned house in a center of Kharkiv. Under Ridnyi’s lead, the gallery-lab was instrumental in the developing the artistic scene in the region before it was closed in 2012.
Ridnyi works across media ranging from early collective actions in public space to the amalgam of site-specific installations, sculpture, short films and text essays which constitute the current focus of his practice. His way of reflection social and political reality draws on the contrast between fragility and resilience of individual stories and collective histories interlinked with a display in media.