21.02.2020 – 30.05.2020


Artists who participated in the project: Vlada Ralko

Shcherbenko Art Centre presents the exhibition by Vlada Ralko “The Quiet Zone. Fragments” that includes large-format canvases and the zine in a single copy that contains selected by the author photos and her own ones. The works were created in 2019 while staying at the ChervoneChorne Art Residence in Kaniv.

The name of the exhibition refers to the signboards demanding to keep silence around Chernecha Mountain in Kaniv that is a place where Taras Shevchenko is buried. “This prescriptive silent omission turns into violence when it is the language, and the language of art embodied in the poetry, in particular, that is silenced”, as the artist says.

Vlada Ralko started building the questions about the role of the artist and art in shaping the person and society taking into account a figure of the poet instrumentalized by Soviet ideology and propagated by the nomenclature of the times of independence. Namely, she “came to conclusion that mindful art practice is a key to understanding the circulation of values in human communities.»

As a result, the series of canvases, drawings, and photographs combined in “The Quiet Zone” project broadcast a tense juxtaposition of “external and internal”. This juxtaposition of skillfully embedded pathetic slogans and values that make human coexistence possible. Comparison of customized art that has an “anti-humanistic nature” and art that is made to “appeal to the human in humankind.»

Within the exhibition, there will be a presentation of the book “The Quiet Zone” by Vlada Ralko. The publication will introduce readers to the reproductions of canvases, drawings, and photographs included in the Kaniv project and the author’s text-commentary on it. In addition, the book presents a fragment of correspondence of art critic Polina Limina with Vlada Ralko and Volodymyr Budnikov as well as a review of performance artist and art theorist Larysa Venediktova. The artist and both researchers will participate in the presentation event.