Олег Дімов, Марія Прошковська та переможець Михайло Алексеєнко

Photographs courtesy of Scherbenko Art Centre (c) 2017

Announcing prize winners of the 2017 Young Ukrainian Artists Contest

18 November 2017

International panel of experts selected winners of the 2017 MUHi Contest:

The first prize was awarded to Mykhailo Alexeenko (Kyiv) and his project “Hollywood – Troeshchyna”.
The winner received a cash prize of 40,000 UAH; an opportunity to join the FUTURA art residence programme in the Czech Republic and in 2018 to implement a project at the Scherbenko Art Centre, an art gallery.

Special prizes amounting to 15,000 UAH were awarded to:
Maria Proshkovska (Kyiv) with project “Vulnerability
Oleg Dimov (Odesa) with project “Documenting condition

Commentary by Olexandra Homeniuk, the 2017 MUHi expert and Director of the Hales Gallery (London/New York): “It was an interesting experience, the exhibition itself made me change my mind. At first I studied all the projects as presented in applications and formed my opinions and selected favourite artists as a result. But when I saw exhibited works some of them did conform to my first impressions. And some which at first seemed incomplete, turned out to be quite impressive. However, I can firmly say that the winner’s project appealed to me when I first viewed it in the application.”

Commentary by Gunnar B. Kvaran, the 2017 MUHi expert and Director of the Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst (Oslo): “I was very much impressed by the 2017 MUHi Contest participants and exhibition as a whole. I was witness to a variety of artistic expression and different art forms. The panel’s opinions would divide and converge, but we managed to arrive to one final decision. In regards to the three finalists we arrived to one decision regarding quality and relevance of their works. The artists were competing with each other but we openly and good faith selected one winner.”

The 2017 MUHi Contest received 458 applications from young talented Ukrainian artists from all over Ukraine (including Vinnitsya, Dnipro, Zhytomyr, Ivano Frankivsk, Kyiv, Kremenchug, Lutsk, L’viv, Odesa, Uzhgorod, Kharkiv, Chernivtsy, etc.)

The finalists and winners of the 2017 MUHi Contest will be exhibiting their works at the National Taras Shevchenko Museum (at the address: 12 Taras Shevchenko Blvd); closing date November, 26th.

Exhibition curator: Maryna Scherbenko.

The MUHi Contest Timeline:

November 2017
– 6–26 of November: runners up to hold an exhibition at the Taras Shevchenko National Museum;

Winter-Spring 2018
– Work on the winner’s solo project;
– The winner travels to the Futura Art Center Residence (the Czech Republic).

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