Project MUHi 2021 is the eighth exhibition of finalists of the competition for young Ukrainian artists from different parts of Ukraine and the world. 

The International expert commission evaluated the submitted applications from Ukrainian artists. According to the results of the evaluation, 10 finalists of the competition were selected, and their works were presented at the exhibition. The exhibition opening was on November 11 till December 5 at M17 Contemporary Art Center, the institutional partner of the project.

The shortlist of the competition includes:

  • Nastia Didenko (Kyiv)
  • Yuliia Zakharova (Kyiv)
  • Alexandra Kadzevich (Odesa)
  • Olena Kovach (Lutsk / Krakow)
  • Olha Kuziura (Mostyska / Lviv)
  • Zoia Laktionova (Mariupol / Kyiv)
  • Anna Manankina (Kharkiv)
  • Pavla Nikitina (Kyiv / Brno)
  • Oleksandr Sirous (Kharkov / Kiev)
  • Mariia Stoianova (Kyiv)

The winner of the competition, Pavla Nikitina, received a prize of UAH 40,000 and the opportunity to implement her own project in the gallery space (or under the auspices) of the Shcherbenko Art Center in 2022.

Olga Kuzyura and Maria Stoyanova received two special prizes in the amount of UAH 15,000.

A video film about the projects of the finalists was presented during the award ceremony:

The film crew that worked on the video: Marina Bernaz – director, Oleg Metlinsky and Alexander Lubensky – cameramen, Alexander Yuditsky – producer. Music – Vladimir Gnatenko.

Video report from the award ceremony:

Worked on the video: Mulik Rustam

MUHi 2021 competition has received 357 applications from artists and art groups from different cities of Ukraine (Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa, Kharkiv, Dnipro, Sevastopol, Poltava, Chernihiv, Rivne, Khmelnytskyi, Vinnytsia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kropyvnytskyi, Kryvyi Rih, Kamianets-Podilskyi and cities and towns of Kyiv, Odesa, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Lviv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zakarpattia, Cherkasy, Ternopil, Rivne, Zhytomyr regions), as well as from abroad (Krakow and Wroclaw, Prague and Brno, Vancouver, Vienna, Zurich, The Hague, Vilnius, Dahab, Bar, Vantaa).

Форум МУХі 2021. Дизайнерка: Ніка Кудінова © Щербенко Арт Центр

The exhibition of finalists was complemented by a parallel educational program – a three-day forum with a focus-topic: surroundings. The Forum had become an environment for the exchange of knowledge, ideas and experience, as well as a place for discussion about young contemporary Ukrainian art. The program consisted of panel discussions on new artistic trends, curatorship, education, generations, feminism, etc.

You can watch a video of the forum at the link:

In addition to the implementation of the exhibition, this year Shcherbenko Art Center also presented the book MUHi 2009-2021, which is designed to highlight the 12-year history of the competition, and at the same time try to record changes and trends in young art of the corresponding period of time with the help of the opinions of previous experts of the competition as well as independent curators. The presentation of the book became a separate event of the forum and will be supplemented by reports of independent authors of the book.

MUHi 2021 team: Maryna Shcherbenko, Milena Khomchenko, Sviatoslav Mykhailov, Yevheniia Butsykina, Daria Bakharieva, Alina Koshuba. Curator of the forum: Dmytro Chepurnyi. Design: Nika Kudinova, Oleksii Romanenko. Translation and editing: Yuliia Moroz, Yuliia Pylypei, Clemens Poole.

You can ask your questions on the Facebook pages of MUHi and Shcherbenko Art Center, as well as write to e-mail.

MUHi 2021 project is for the second time implemented with the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation. The permanent legal partner of the competition is the law firm AEQUO.

You can watch the catalog of the MUHi 2021 finalists exhibition by link:

Contest information:

MUHi is a multifunctional project aimed at consistent and long-term work to support Ukrainian artists at the stage of their emerging.  The name MUHi is an abbreviation of “Young Ukrainian Artists”. MUHi’s first exhibition was presented in 2009 at Bottega Gallery. In 2021, the project was implemented for the eighth time.

Taras Shevchenko National Museum (2019 and 2017) and the Institute of Contemporary Art (2015 and 2011) were partners in which MUHi competition had taken place before. In 2019 and 2021, the competition received a grant for funding from the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation under the program “Education. Exchanges. Residences. Debuts, namely the lot “Debuts”.

 The project is based on a competition held according to the following rules:

– young Ukrainian artists aged 21 and older can take part;
– only citizens of Ukraine can be participants;
– finalists and winners of the competition are selected by (since 2015 – an international) commission of experts, which includes curators, directors of museums, art centers, galleries, art critics and artists;
– the artist can be included in the finalists of MUHi only once.

The founder of the MUHi project is a curator and gallery owner Maryna Shcherbenko.


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