Shcherbenko Art Center announces an open call for the competition of MUHi 2021

Published: 07.04.2021

From April 7 to 30, Shcherbenko Art Center announces an open call for the competition of young Ukrainian artists MUHi 2021. MUHi (short for “Young Ukrainian Artists”) is a multifunctional project aimed at consistent and long-term work to support Ukrainian artists at the stage of their formation. This year, ten finalists of the competition will participate in a group exhibition, which will take place in October-November 2021 at the Contemporary Art Center M17. The first MUHi exhibition was presented in 2009 at the Bottega Gallery, and in 2021 the project will be implemented for the eighth time.

Based on the results of the open call, the international team of experts selects the finalists and winners of the competition. The team includes curators, directors of museums, art centers, galleries, art critics, and artists. This year the experts are:

  • Daryna Yakymova is an art historian, head of the contemporary art sector of the National Art Museum of Ukraine, custodian of funds of the mixed media art, researcher of art of the second half of the XX – beginning of the XXI century, curator;
  • Ulf Hausbrandt is a director of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Kyiv (ACF), president of EUNIC in Ukraine;
  • Lesia Khomenko is an artist, curator and tutor of Contemporary Art programs in KAMA. Co-founder and member of R.E.P. group (since 2004) and curatorial group Hudrada (since 2008);
  • Oleksandra Gomeniuk is a director of Hales Gallery, London – New York;
  • Natalia Shpytkovska is a curator, art consultant, director of the M17 Contemporary Art Center, director of International Projects at the Modern Art Research Institute of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine;
  • Oleg Sosnov is a curator of art projects, including the festival French Spring, a collector of works by contemporary Ukrainian and foreign artists;
  • Gunnar Kvaran – director of the Astrup-Fernley Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo, Director of the Reykjavik Art Museum and Bergen Art Museum, Commissioner and curator of the Icelandic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990;
  • Anastasiya Platonova is a cultural journalist, art critic, cultural manager;
  • Ilya Zabolotnyi is an art historian, manager and curator of the British Council’s art program in Ukraine, specializes in cultural diplomacy projects, expert of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation and the European mobility grant program i-Portunus;
  • Dmytro Golets is an art historian, co-founder and expert of the auction house Corners, expert of the project Her (Ex)position, member of the team creating the Museum of Contemporary Art, curator of art projects.

The total prize of the MUHi 2021 competition is UAH 70,000. The winner will receive a cash prize of UAH 40,000 and the opportunity to implement your own project in the space (or under the auspices) of the Shcherbenko Art Centre in 2022. The international expert team will also select two winners who will receive cash prizes in the amount of UAH 15,000 and institutional support in the implementation of their own exhibition project.

Ukrainian artists over the age of 21 and only citizens of Ukraine can take part in the competition. The artist can be a participant of MUHi only once.

The final exhibition of the project is accompanied by a parallel program, which consists of lectures by curators, art critics, artists, competition experts, discussions, artist talks, presentations and more.

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