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Biruchiy contemporary art project
Міжнародний симпозіум сучасного мистецтва «Бірючий»
Biruchiy contemporary art project
Status active
Genre contemporary art
Frequency annually (May, September)
Venue Zolotiy Bereg
Location(s) Biryuchyi Island, Azov Sea
Country  Ukraine
Inaugurated 7 September 2006 (2006-09-07)
Founder Association of Contemporary Art Researchers
Participants 64 (2014)
Website biruchiyart.com.ua

Biruchiy contemporary art project (Ukrainian: Міжнародний симпозіум сучасного мистецтва «Бірючий», Ukrainian pronunciation: [miʒnɑˈrɔdnɪj sɪmˈpɔzium suˈtʃɑsnɔɦɔ mɪsˈtɛtstβɑ biˈrutʃɪj]) is a leading event of contemporary art in Ukraine.[1] It was founded in 2006 by the civic organization Association of Contemporary Art Researchers. The project is held annually in May and September on the Biryuchyi Island, located in the Azov Sea.[2] Since 2015, its geography has expanded to other regions of Ukraine.[3] Since 2016, the on-site residence has been working in the European Union territory (Poland).[4] Twelve seasons of Biruchiy contemporary art project were attended by 205 artists and 11 art groups from 15 countries. Since 2014, a part of participants goes to Italy.[5]

Project Background[edit]

Biryuchyi Island[edit]

Volodymyr Gulich, Dmytro Dulfan, Nastya Loyko, Oleksiy Chepygin, Alina Yakubenko. "Hallelujah". Wire, fittings, polyethylene. 2014.
Zhanna Kadyrova. "Red carpet". Installation. 2013.

The Ukrainian art-initiative of the beginning of the 21st century was founded by the art worker Gennadiy Kozub, the art patron Mykola Barzion and the artist Volodymyr Gulich. In 2006, it was decided to declare Zaporizhia Oblast to be an art territory. Biryuchyi Island (Zolotiy Bereg recreation camp),[6] which is far away from civilization, was chosen to be the project art residency. Artists came to Biruchiy for two weeks in September. Since 2014, two-week gatherings have been held also in May.[7]

Biruchiy M Sound Lab was launched at Biruchiy 012 (DJ Sokolov, DJ Mishukov, DJ Expert, Maket/Ivanov Down).[8]

Within the framework of Biruchiy 013, for the first time not only paintings and art objects but also contemporary sculpture was created.[9] The project was visited by Sotheby's representatives, who purchased several painters' works. The residency was also visited by Massimo Melotti, an external relations specialist from Castle of Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art (Turin, Italy).[10]

During Biruchiy 014, it was decided to change its format by creating an experimental platform for several curators. Due to the hostilities, it was possible to hold only three out of six scheduled curator projects; they were later combined into one big project.[11]

In 2015, the Open Group carried out an international performative project "1000-km view". Riding a catamaran, the participants covered 1000-km distance of "Open Gallery" from the Stryi River to Biryuchyi Island. The new project of Biruchiy was developed as collaboration between curator Irina Leifer (Amsterdam) and Mariya Lanko and Lyzaveta German's team (Kyiv), Open Ateliers Zuidoost (Amsterdam) within Tandem Ukraine program (an initiative of the European Cultural Foundation and German non-governmental organization MitOst).[12]

In autumn 2015, RESÒ International Network for Artist Residencies sent to Biruchiy a delegation of artists from Italy, headed by Massimo Melotti. Biruchiy became the filming location for a film by Italian film directors Gianluca and Massimiliano de Serio, who arrived at the Island immediately after participating in Venice International Film Festival.[13]

In 2016, the main residence got modern exposition space. The final exposition of Biruchiy 016 was demonstrated in a new gallery designed like an ancient Greek temple. Its musical component has gained an independent format: on 16–18 September 2017, the first music festival called Biruchiy Fest was held on a professional stage. Among participating bands and performers, there were SHANA, Sun Groove, Atomic Simao and Dub Wire. The British Council introduced an arts exchange program, called "SWAP: UK/Ukraine artist residence programme",[14] between United Kingdom and Ukraine; the first item of the program was on the residence on Biruchiy.[15] The British artist Jamie Fitzpatrick, chosen by the program, joined the participants.[16] Within the framework of RESÒ/Lab, Biryuchyi Island was visited by the Italian film director and artist Giorgio Cugno. He shot here the fourth part of the film "XAU" with the actor Ostap Stupka in the lead role. The previous parts of the film were shot in Colombia, Egypt and the USA.[17]

In September 2017, about 30 participants of the project organized a voluntary environmental initiative. The volunteers comprised artists from Ukraine, Russia, Italy and Germany, art critic, curators and guests of the residency. The volunteers cleaned up trash left by tourists, from a 10-km area of the seashore near the Azov-Syvash National Nature Park (from Stepok village to Biryuchyi Island spit).[18]

Irshansk (Ukraine)[edit]

19 July 2015 is the starting point of an art intervention of Biruchiy contemporary art project, which expanded the geography of its residence. The first art delegation was welcomed by Irshansk (Zhytomyr Oblast), where a two-week project "Irshansk. Recreation" was carried out. The exposition embraced the urban space and natural landscapes. The project is aimed at promoting cultural decentralization of the country — making the culture creating space go out beyond large centers, to medium-sized cities and small towns.[19]

Klementowice (Poland)[edit]

On 27 June 2016, the geography of Biruchiy extended to Poland. An on-site residence was created in Klementowice (Lublin Voivodeship), on the basis of the M. Ratay Complex of Agribusiness Schools. For 2 weeks, 14 artists creatively worked on the project "From the common root". Its concept is based on the metaphorical meaning of the word "root" — the fundamental principle, basic constituent of the structure — and it is an artistic response to manipulations in reconsidering the history of the two countries. The project was held under the patronage of the Embassy of Ukraine in Poland.[20]

An educational event, called Biruchiy Art School, was held in Klementowice in January 2017 with the participation of students and young artists. The program included a series of lectures and practical work in workshops. The Polish land artist Jarosław Koziara visited the residence to give a lecture.[21]

Participant exchange[edit]

 Italy. In 2013, RESÒ-Lab was initiated in collaboration with RESÒ International Network for Artist Residencies and Educational Programs in Piedmont (Italy). It is a long-term participant exchange project between Biruchiy and leading Italian art foundations.[22] In 2014, due to the war in Eastern Ukraine, RESÒ delayed Italian artists' coming to Biruchiy. Nevertheless, in November 2014, Vitaliy Kokhan, Ivan Svitlychniy and the curator Sergiy Kantsedal invited by RESÒ, visited the residency of Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto (Biella, Italy),[23] as it was previously agreed.[24]

In the autumn of 2017, within the framework of an exchange program, the Italian artist Franco Ariaudo arrived from RESÒ in Biruchiy project. Elaborating upon the theme of the September residence "Running on water…", he started working on a long-term project titled "Basilisk" — a set of events to study techniques of running on water.[25]

 United States. In 2017, Biruchiy contemporary art project started cooperating with Flux Factory's Artist-In-Residence program (Long Island City, NYC). It is a platform, created in the 1990s by seven young Brooklyn artists as an alternative to commercial galleries. Within the framework of an exchange program, a couple of artists — Mykyta Kravtsov and his wife, Camille Sagnes Kravtsova, came to New York.[26] After several months of work, their personal exhibition "Armageddon" was presented in the exhibition space of Flux Factory.[27]

Name[edit]

The word "Biruchiy" in the name "Biruchiy contemporary art project" is a neologism, a modified version of the name of the "Biryuchyi" spit. The neologism was created in the 2000s by the founders of the project as a reflection of contemporary artists' creative approach to the word formation process.

The newly created brand "Biruchiy" is subject to copyright.


The project themes and curators[edit]

The main residence[edit]

Year Title Theme Curators
2006 The 1st Biruchiy contemporary art project 006 Landscape for a hero Volodymyr Gulich
2007 The 2nd Biruchiy contemporary art project 007 Hippies exist Volodymyr Gulich
2008 The 3rd Biruchiy contemporary art project 008 Who are you? Volodymyr Gulich
2009 The 4th Biruchiy contemporary art project 009 As an alternative Volodymyr Gulich
2010 The 5th season of Biruchiy contemporary art project 010 A new person Volodymyr Gulich
2011 The 6th season of Biruchiy contemporary art project 011 Biruchiy variations[28]
2012 The 7th season of Biruchiy contemporary art project 012 The fourth dimension Mariya Khrushchak
2013 The 8th season of Biruchiy contemporary art project 013 The habitable zone Sergiy Kantsedal, Nataliya Matsenko
2014 The 9th season of Biruchiy contemporary art project 014 No title Sergey Bratkov, Volodymyr Gulich, Sergiy Kantsedal, Nataliya Matsenko
2015 The 10th season of Biruchiy contemporary art project 015 EcoBiruchiy
Biruchiy 10×15
Lyzaveta German, Mariya Lanko, Irina Leifer, Nataliya Matsenko, Massimo Melotti, Yanina Prudenko
2016 The 11th season of Biruchiy contemporary art project 016 No title Sergey Bratkov, Lelya Goldsteyn, Sergiy Kantsedal, Mariya Khrushchak
2017 The 12th season of Biruchiy contemporary art project 017 Biruchiy May 017
Run on the water…
Sergiy Kantsedal, Nataliya Matsenko

On-site events[edit]

Year Country City Theme Curators
2015  Ukraine Irshansk Irshansk. Recreation Nataliya Matsenko
2016  Poland Klementowice From the common root (Polish: Od wspólnego korzenia) Nataliya Matsenko
2017  Poland Klementowice Biruchiy Art School Lelya Goldsteyn, Mariya Khrushchak

Project commissioner Gennadiy Kozub (since 2006).[29]

Participants[edit]

 Ukraine — Inara Bagirova, Olga Berezyuk, Kateryna Berlova, Nazar Bilyk, Andriy Bludov, Kateryna Buchatska, Volodymyr Budnikov, Mykhaylo Buksha, Mykhaylo Deyak, Anatoliy Fedirko, Nataliya Filonenko, Olga Gaydash, Lyzaveta German, Kseniya Gnylytska, Zakentiy Gorobyov, Anna Gydora, Illya Isupov, Zhanna Kadyrova, Nataliya Karpinska, Sergiy Klepach, Alina Kleytman, Dariya Koltsova, Mykyta Kravtsov, Yuri Kruchak, Valeriy Kumanovsky, Mariya Lanko, Iryna Lastovkina, Kateryna Libkind, Andriy Lobov, Anton Logov, Maksym Mamsikov, Oleksa Mann, Nina Murashkina, Anna Myronova, Mariya Pasichnyk, Viktoriya Perevoznikova, Yuri Pikul, Viktor Pokydanets, Sonya Pomogaybo, Mariya Proshkovska, Kyrylo Protsenko, Vlada Ralko, Oleksandr Roitburd, Denys Ruban, Oleksiy Say, Elmira Shemsedynova, Vladyslav Shereshevsky, Andriy Siguntsov, Stanislav Sylantyev, Gnat Solomko, Yuri Solomko, Anna Sorokova, Vasil Tatarsky, Oleg Tistol, Valeriya Trubina, Anna Valieva, Marta Vashchuk, Myroslav Vayda, Matviy Vaysberg, Petro Vladimirov, Mariya Vtorushyna, Glib Vysheslavsky, Alina Yakubenko, Yuri Yefanov, Andriy Zelinsky, Oleksandr Zhyvotkov, Ujif_notfound /Georgiy Potopalsky/, GAZ group /Vasil Grublyak, Oleksiy Zolotaryov/ (Kyiv); Mykola Matsenko, Mykyta Shylimov, Volodymyr Yakovets (Cherkasy); Mykyta Shalenniy (Dnipropetrovsk); Anatoliy Tatarenko (Donetsk); Irina Antonyuk, Vasyl Antonyuk, Vitaliy Kokhan, Tetyana Malynovska, Roman Mykhaylov, Roman Minin, Olena Polyashchenko, Oksana Solop, Larysa Stadnyk, Andriy Stogniy, Ivan Svitlychniy, Anton Tkachenko, Artem Volokitin, Oleksiy Yalovega, Oleg Drozdov's architectural workshop /Oleg Drozdov, Bogdan Volynsky, Sergiy Kostyaniy, Vitaliy Pravyk/, Sviter group /Lera Polyanskova, Maksym Robotov/ (Kharkiv); Nataliya Blok, Vyacheslav Mashnytsky, Totem group /Stas Volyazlovsky/ (Kherson); Yevgen Koroletov (Luhansk); Yuri Biley, Pavlo Kovach, Yuri Koval, Viktor Lavniy, Oleksandr Matvienko, Stanislav Turina, Anton Varga, Sergiy Yakunin (Lviv); Inna Bobrova, Yakiv Bulavytsky, Andriy Chepurko, Oleksiy Markitan, Rustam Mirzoev, Yulia Mirzoeva, Dmytro Moldavanov, Taras Zaviruykha (Mykolaiv); Oleksiy Chepygin, Dmytro Dulfan, Igor Gusev, Stepan Ryabchenko, Nata Trandafir, Albina Yaloza, Apl315 (Odesa); Oleksandr Shirokov (Sevastopol); Anna Bekerska (Simferopol); Sergiy Dubovets, Vadim Kharabaruk, Mykhaylo Khodanych, Ivan Nebesnyk, Marsel Onysko, Robert Saller, Nataliya Shevchenko, Andriy Stegura, Nataliya Tartay, Ruslan Tremba (Uzhgorod); Anna Bykova, Andriy Orlov, Anastasia Skorikova (Yalta); Marta Berezhnenko, Volodymyr Borodin, Yevgen Kompaneychenko, Olga Kyrychenko, Vsevolod Medvedev, Gennadiy Nikitin, Dmytro Tsipunov, Zheton group /Yevgen Fomenko, Anton Lisikov/ (Zaporizhia); Art zebs group /Volodymyr Gulich, Nastya Loyko/ (Yalta, Zaporizhia); Critical Archiving Laboratory /Anton Lapov, Larion Lozoviy/ (Kyiv, Luhansk); Syny Morya group (Sons of the Sea group) /Illya Isupov, Oleksandr Matvienko, Marsel Onysko, Andriy Stegura/ (Kyiv, Lviv, Uzhgorod).

 Ukraine /  Netherlands — Open Group (Vidkryta grupa) /Arthur van Beek, Yuri Biley, Jesper Buursinkk, Lyzaveta German, Sergiy Klepach, Pavlo Kovach, Valeriy Kumanovsky, Mariya Lanko, Irina Leifer, Stanislav Turina, Anton Varga/ (Kyiv, Lviv, Amsterdam).

 Australia — Jason Fidler (Brisbane).  Austria — Anna Ermolaeva, Scott Evans, Rita Novak (Vienna).  Czech Republic — Alice Nikitinová, Magdaléna Nováková, Jan Zdvořák (Prague).  France — Sandy Brishler (Paris).  Germany — Mitya Churikov, Igor Zaidel (Berlin).  Israel — Vladimir Brodetsky (Tel Aviv).  Italy — Micol Roubini (Milan), Franco Ariaudo, Giorgio Cugno, Valerio Manghi, Nataliya Polunina, Alessandro Sciaraffa, Gianluca de Serio, Massimiliano de Serio (Turin).  Kazakhstan — Bulat Gelman (Almaty).  Netherlands — Arthur van Beek, Jesper Buursinkk, Irina Leifer (Amsterdam).  Poland — Karolina Mełnicka, Stachu Szumski (Warsaw).  RussiaVladimir Arkhipov, Victoria Begalskaya, Sergey Bratkov, Dmitry Bulnigin, Yulia Gnirenko, Rada Ivanova, Boris Kashapov, Arkady Nasonov, Maximilian Roganov, Yuri Shabelnikov, PG artistic group and artistic groups of the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia /Dariya Baribina, Anna Brandush, Yegor Fedorichev, Dmitry Fedorov, Svetlana Isayeva, Zinaida Isupova, Vadim Kolosov, Nataliya Kononova, Aleksandr Merekin, Ekaterina Muromtseva, Polina Muzyko, Dmitriy Starusev, Denis Tikhomirov, Oleg Ustinov, Andrew Zhandarov/ (Moscow); Tatiana Polyashchenko (Novorossiysk); Nataliya Yudina (Tomsk).  Spain — Xavier Escala (Barcelona).   Switzerland — Ronald Ross.  United Kingdom — Jamie Fitzpatrick, Pavlo Kerestey (London).[30]

Promotion[edit]

Expositions[edit]

Expositions of Biruchiy works were held in Ukraine: in Zaporizhia (since 2006), Kyiv (since 2011), Koktebel (2013). Art events also took place on the other side the Atlantic Ocean. An exposition was opened in Michael Solovyev Studio (Montreal, Canada, 2013). Presentations of publications are also held.

Biruchiy project includes lectures and master classes by contemporary art stars, presentations of young artists' works, concerts and DJ sets.[31]

Publishing activity[edit]

The project catalogues are published annually (7 catalogues were published by 2015).

In 2014-2015, Biruchiy contemporary art magazine was published quarterly; 5 issues were published. Its editor-in-chief is Maksym Dobrovolsky, the managing editor is Gennadiy Kozub. It is a full-color periodical of 68-104 pages, published in Russian and Ukrainian, having a run of 5000 copies,[32] covering contemporary art. The magazine published interviews and comments of renowned art critics, collectors and artists, reviews of exhibitions and projects.[33]

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bogdanovych, E. Liberty island // Korrespondent. 26 September 2013. (in Russian)
  2. ^ Храпачева, М. Арт-полуостров Archived 2015-06-07 at Archive.is // Капитал. 2014. № 131 (308). С. 22. (in Russian)
  3. ^ Gerasymova, A. There and back. The opening of summary exhibition "Irshank. Recreation". Cultprostir. 21 July 2015. (in Ukrainian)
  4. ^ International art residence. Ukrainians' new art residence in Europe. Wywrota (Wrocław, Poland). June 2016. (in Polish)
  5. ^ Zonarte program 2014. Artissima 21, Turin, 7–9 November 2014 Archived March 27, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.. Zonarte. November 2014. (in Italian)
  6. ^ Sirchina, M. "It is not only in your country that you are unique. There is no such thing even in Europe". Fakty i Kommentarii. 11 January 2014. (in Russian)
  7. ^ Biryuchyi Island hosts connoisseurs of contemporary art. The Inter channel. 8 May 2014. (in Ukrainian)
  8. ^ The seventh "Biruchiy 012 or the Fourth dimension". Itogi. 27 September 2012. (in Russian)
  9. ^ Artists staged a "survival zone" in Zaporizhia Oblast. Argumenty i Fakty Ukraine. 18 September 2013. (in Russian)
  10. ^ Biruchiy contemporary art project 013 has gathered young artists and painters. Komsomolskaya Pravda in Ukraine. 18 September 2013. (in Russian)
  11. ^ Brezhneva, D. Sketches of Biruchiy: work in progress. Art Ukraine. 19 September 2014. (in Russian)
  12. ^ In Ukraine, artists created an art project, while traveling on a catamaran. Cultprostir. 30 October 2015. (in Ukrainian)
  13. ^ A total installation was made on Biruchiy. Art Ukraine. 2015. (in Russian)
  14. ^ British Council launches SWAP: UK/Ukraine Artist Residence Programme. The Calvert Journal, edition Calvert 22 Foundation (London). 10 June 2016.
  15. ^ SWAP: UK/Ukraine Artist Residence Programme. British Council in Ukraine. 2016.
  16. ^ Six emerging UK artists selected for artistic residencies. British Council in Ukraine. 2016.
  17. ^ From economical cooperation to friendship network. Film XAU by Giorgio Cugno. PIIGS_An Alternative Geography of Curating (Turin, Italy). 2 July 2016.
  18. ^ European artists organized a cleanup of the Azov Sea coast. Television News Service ("1+1" TV channel). 14 September 2017. (in Ukrainian)
  19. ^ Irshank. Recreation. Ukrayinska Pravda. July 2015. (in Ukrainian)
  20. ^ Bochkar, O. The Ukrainian youth sought for common roots in Polish Klementowice. Słowo Polskie. 18 July 2016. (in Polish)
  21. ^ Taras Shevchenko got "Roshen" at the exhibition in Poland. Cultprostir. 24 January 2017. (in Ukrainian)
  22. ^ Residence in&out. Promoting international mobility of artists. Foundation for modern and contemporary art CRT. 2014. (in Italian)
  23. ^ Final presentation of the first edition of RESÒ/Lab in the space, firstly in Turin, 20 November 2014. Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto. 18 November 2014. (in Italian)
  24. ^ RESÒ traveling box. Art & Education. November 2014.
  25. ^ Sultanyan, N. RESÒ Lab project of Biruchiy 017 art residency. Art News Ukraine. 11 August 2017. (in Russian)
  26. ^ ThetOOth&therOOt: Camille and Nikita Kravtsov. Flux Factory. 13 July 2017.
  27. ^ ThetOOth&therOOt present Armageddon. Long Island City Partnership. August 2017.
  28. ^ A vast exhibition in the Modern Art Research Institute of Ukrainian Academy of Arts: Kyiv is to see contemporary art from an island in the Azov Sea. Focus. 23 March 2011. (in Russian)
  29. ^ Esterkina, I. Gennadiy Kozub: Walking barefoot in the sand ("Who are you?" "Biruchiy 008"). A weekend moment. 29 August 2008. (in Russian)
  30. ^ #Literature.
  31. ^ Contemporary art on Biryuchyi Island. Focus. 30 September 2014. (in Russian)
  32. ^ Biruchiy contemporary art project. 2014. No. 0. 68 p.; Biruchiy contemporary art magazine. 2014. No. 1. 104 p.; Biruchiy contemporary art magazine. 2015. No. 1 (3). 76 p. (in Ukrainian) (in Russian)
  33. ^ A new magazine of Biruchiy: quarterly and informative. Cultprostir. 16 July 2014. (in Ukrainian)

Literature[edit]

Book editions[edit]

  1. Бирючий 006. [Запорожье, 2007]. [48] с. (in Russian)
  2. 2 Международный симпозиум современного искусства «Бирючий 007» или «Хиппи Е». 7.09 – 16.09 2007 г.. [Запорожье, 2008]. [52] с. (in Russian)
  3. Третий Международный симпозиум современного искусства «Бирючий 008». «Хто ти Е», 4.09 – 13.09 2008. [Запорожье, 2008]. [48] с. (in Russian)
  4. Biruchiy 009. Contemporary art. [Запорожье, 2009]. [52] с. (in Russian)
  5. Biruchiy 012. Contemporary art project. As a part of Art Kyiv Contemporary 2012. Kyiv, November 1–18, 2012. [Kyiv] : Art Publishing Studio, 2012. 188 p. (in Russian) (in English)
  6. Biruchiy contemporary art project 013. The habitable zone. [Kyiv : Art Print Studio, 2013]. 224 p. (in Russian) (in English)
  7. Biruchiy contemporary art project 014. [Kyiv : Huss, 2015]. 254 p. (in Ukrainian) (in English)
  8. Biruchiy contemporary art project 015. [Kyiv : Huss, 2016]. 342 p. (in Ukrainian) (in English)

Periodicals[edit]

  1. Boczkar, O. W Polsce ukraińscy artyści poszukiwali wspólnych korzeni // Słowo Polskie. Nr 8 (49). Sierpień 2016. S. 18. (in Polish)
  2. Matsenko, N. "Od wspólnego korzenia" // Dziennik Kijowski. Nr 14 (525). Sierpień 2016. S. 7. (in Polish)
  3. Przegląd prasy polskiej na Ukrainie: "Od wspólnego korzenia" / opracował Krzysztof Szymański // Kurier Galicyjski. Nr 16 (260). 30 sierpnia — 15 września 2016. S. 10. (in Polish)

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