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01 June 2018
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On 26 -29 May 2018, young artists were trying to rethink children images of the past, breathe new notes into them and draw attention to communication with the younger generation. The exhibition "Triumvirs of Children's Portrait" was presented as part of the action dedicated to the Children's Day at the National Museum "Kyiv Art Gallery".

11 representatives from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture (Kyiv) participated in the event. Most of them are the participants and prize-winners of the Student Contest in Painting "Silver Easel".

The participants of the action were to create the allusions to portraits of the second half of the 18th – beginning of the 20th century, which are in the permanent exposition of the museum. Young artists got acquainted with children's portraits beforehand and chose the one they liked. But, they created their canvases at home. Thus, these days the best works were presented to the public.

34.jpg — 379.21 kBAnastasiia Avula

According to the scientists of the museum, four of the eleven submitted works were recognized as the best. In particular, these are works "Eve's Dream" of Anastasiia Avula, "I want to have my childhood" of Kseniia Datsiuk, "A Well" by Bohdan Makarenko and "Untitled" of Krystyna Melnyk. The following young artists joined the action: Olena Liaitner, Maksym Mazur, Tetiana Mazurok, Olesia Rybchenko, Vladyslav Riaboshtan, Veronika Syrotkina, and Polina Shcherbyna.

Anastasiia Avula brought up a kind of philosophical and to a certain extent religious topic. The girl says: "My work depicts a young Eve who does not know what awaits her in the future, and what temptations she will face. She is at the crossroads of her subconsciousness. I deliberately used the details from the original portrait, for example, apples, a ribbon and some colours."

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Kseniia Datsiuk raised another topic in her work – child labour. The artist notes: "I chose a portrait with an Ethiopian girl, who because of her ‘otherness’, skin colour lives in slavery. To create the work, I deliberately read a lot about the life of servants in the 19th century – it was then that the original portrait was created. They had no childhood – it impressed me, I was amazed. I focused on the girl's eyes – I wanted the child from the portrait to look directly into the soul of a viewer with a mute statement: ‘I want to have my childhood’. Children should have their childhood, and adults do not have the right to deprive it. Unfortunately, the theme of children’s slavery is relevant in the modern world, so I want to talk about it, pay attention to the urgent topic."

Now, at "Kyiv Art Gallery", it is discussed the issue of the presentation of a collective exhibition of the works of Anastasiia Avula, Kseniia Datsiuk, Bohdan Makarenko and Krystyna Melnyk next year. As noted at the museum, the concept of the future exhibition will be original and independent from the project "Triumvirs of Children's Portrait".

Text: Kseniia Shokina
Photo: Kseniia Denysenko
© Art & Culture Foundation Brovdi Art

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