Artists who participated in the project: Anna Khodkova, Kristina Yarosh

In the difficult time of full-scale war against Ukraine, the art centre team seeks new opportunities for interaction and presentation of art, as the functioning of the institution in the rhythm of a peaceful time is not possible. These days, each of us is focusing attention and effort on doing what we can do the best to accelerate our mutual victory. The most important thing for artists is to keep making art and finding salvation in it.

At different times, the idea of the artist’s studio has been changing, but with strong confidence, we can say that the studio is a sacred, even intimate space, where the artist is an artist more than anywhere else. “It’s the whole world coming to me to be painted”, described Gustave Courbet about his famous painting “The Artist’s Studio”.

The etchingroom1 is a graphic studio, founded in 2016 by artists Kristina Yarosh and Anna Khodkova. The artists have been forced to change the studio more than five times since it was founded, each time transporting a printing press of over a half tonne. So during the full-scale war they, once again, were left without a workspace. The Shcherbenko Art Centre provides space for the etchingroom1 temporary studio and invites visitors to discover the enigma of the “Artist’s studio” and become a witness to the process of making art.