Disasters of War in East Ukraine Favorite 


May 3 2016


Mariupol, Donetsk, Brooklyn NY

"Disasters of War in East Ukraine"
1235 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11230

October 10, 11 am – November 11, 7 pm
Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 7 pm

Please write to racc.ny@mail.ru or call (347) 662 1456
The artist is available for interviews.

Russian American Cultural Center (RACC) presents "Disasters of War in East Ukraine", an exhibition of collages by Dmitry Borshch. They were first exhibited under Ukrainian title "Лихоліття війни на сході України" in Mariupol at the Kuindzhi Center for Contemporary Art (May 3 – June 8, 2016) and Palace of Culture "Seagull" (October 8 – November 5, 2016), then traveled to the Central City Library in Donetsk for an exhibition under Russian title "Бедствия войны" (January 11 – February 9, 2017).

"When I mentioned to a friend employed by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in New York that I am preparing a series on the war in East Ukraine, which involves traveling there, he encouraged me and even gave the number of two employees of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. One of them, a monitor with its Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, provided me with valuable security information as I traveled to Donetsk, Poltava, Kiev, Mariupol, and other places from Dnepropetrovsk, my place of birth. There in 2015 I began to research 'Disasters' through interviews with 'переселенцы', persons resettled from ATO, the zone of Ukrainian government’s 'anti-terrorist operation'", Borshch explains, adding "I wanted the series, whose title obviously refers to Goya’s 'Los desastres de la Guerra', to be first exhibited in cities afflicted by the war."

Dr. Regina Khidekel curated this exhibition, which is supported by funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, at RACC's new satellite space in Brooklyn.

Russian American Cultural Center (520 East 76th Street, Suite 7E New York, NY 10021) aims to provide permanent cultural representation to more than 700,000 Russian-speaking residents of New York. It was founded in 1998 by Dr. Regina Khidekel and earned its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in 1999. RACC has adopted and broadened the strategy of organizations like No Longer Empty (http://www.nolongerempty.org/), which invigorate neighborhoods by mounting exhibitions in their unutilized or temporarily underutilized spaces. Visitors coalesce around a space where art may never have been exhibited before.

Regina Khidekel received her PhD from St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts, became the director of that city's Diaghilev Art Center in 1990, and in 1998 the founding director of the Russian American Cultural Center in New York. She is the author of "It's the Real Thing" (1999, University of Minnesota Press), and has contributed essays to the following publications: "Lyubov Popova" (1994), "Lazar Khidekel: Suprematism and Architecture" (1995), "Sterligov Group: Paintings from Russia" (1995), "Russian Constructivist Roots: Present Concerns" (1997), "Forbidden Art" (1998), "Lev Meshberg" (1999), "Tamar Hirschl" (2000), "In Malevich's Circle" (2000), "A Life of Colors" (2001), "Surviving Suprematism" (2004), "Family Album. Artists from St. Petersburg" (2006), "Anna Rochegova" (2008), "Homage to Diaghilev's Enduring Legacy" (2009), "Trajectory of Suprematism" (2011), "Floating Worlds and Future Cities: Lazar Khidekel, Suprematism and Russian Avant-garde" (2013), "Building Drawings and Drawing Buildings" (2014), "Lazar Khidekel and Suprematism" (2014). She has lectured at many universities, and curated many exhibitions.

Dmitry Borshch was born in Dnepropetrovsk, studied in Moscow, today lives in New York. His drawings and sculptures have been exhibited at the National Arts Club (New York), Brecht Forum (New York), Exit Art (New York), CUNY Graduate Center (New York), Salmagundi Club (New York), ISE Cultural Foundation (New York), Williamsburg Art and Historical Center (New York), Triangle Arts Association (New York), Parish Art Museum (Southampton), International Human Rights Law Institute of DePaul University (Chicago), the State Russian Museum (Saint Petersburg), Central Exhibition Hall "Manege" (Saint Petersburg), Frieze Art Fair (London).


About the image: Untitled, 2015, ink on paper and collage, 15 x 14 inches

The exhibition schedule:

Kuindzhi Center for Contemporary Art, Mariupol
Центр сучасного мистецтва ім. А. І. Куїнджі
87500, г. Мариуполь, пр. Металлургов, 25
May 3 – June 8, 2016

Palace of Culture "Seagull", Mariupol
Дворец культуры «Чайка»
87500, г. Мариуполь, пр. Лунина, 71
October 8 – November 5, 2016

Central City Library, Donetsk
Центральная городская библиотека
283001 г. Донецк, ул. Челюскинцев, 123
January 11 – February 9, 2017

RACC satellite space, New York
1235 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11230
October 10 – November 11, 2017

Abakumov Palace of Culture, Donetsk
Дворец Культуры им. Е. Т. Абакумова
283020, г. Донецк, ул. Кирова, 320
February 6 – March 4, 2018

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