CUTOUT Collage Festival: Scream in Silence
Mergentaler Street Gallery of Layer House and TAM-TAM
Artists: Mila Cheprasova, Anhelina Datsiuk, Olga Drozd, Yulia Fareniuk Chloe, Maryna Gerdiy, Eva Holts, Mykhailo Honcharenko, Hanna Hrydasova, Yaroslava Huz, Sasha Kitaeva, Oleksandra Kulikovska, Katya Lisova, Alexandr Meshcheriak, Valeria Miroshnikova, Natalia Ohman, Vika Ostrenko, Ziu Poberezhniuk, Pro100isus, Annete Sagal, Anna Serbinova, Olesia Serohina, Maria Shapranova, Uliana Shchabel, Yaroslava Shkolna, Lena Solomenchuk, Katya Syta, Patricia Tokav-Sedh, Oleksandra Tretiakova, Kseniya Turenko, Anastasiia Viekua, Kovtun Vsevolod, Daria Zoria
“We, like the collage communities in general, are very friendly. Even in the war time we support each other. I still don’t know exactly where everyone is now. But I know that we have each other. Collage became for everyone a good therapy during this time, but some of us couldn’t make art at all for the first two months of war. War had stolen so many things from us. Most of us are even scared to show feelings through art because there is so much pain in it. Every day we sleep and try to continue life under sirens. Now everything has a coefficient of war. We learned that we don’t know what will happen in a minute and still believe in the best, because we don’t have another choice.” (Katya Syta)
CUTOUT Collage Festival is the first collage project in Ukraine that aims to promote collage as an integral part of contemporary art. It was founded by Annete Sagal, Katya Syta and Olha Syta, who are also members of Kyiv Collage Collective, which started to operate in 2021. The first festival was held in Kyiv in June 2021 in the Museum of Kyiv History and RA Gallery. The second festival was planned for 2022 but it is paused due to war with Russia. Festival, along the main event, developed several collage projects: CUTOUT Collage Studio was opened in August 2021 and it offers art space for the residents, with a new exhibition monthly, collage workshops and lectures; CUTOUT Lovers is a project created to have exhibitions outside of the studio in Ukraine’s cultural institutions with collage artists from all Ukraine – the first exhibition was held on February 2022 at the «Mytets” Gallery in Kyiv; and CUTOUT Store, which is an art platform on Facebook where Ukrainian can sell/buy original collage artworks. Today, Ukraine is facing horrible consequences of the Russian war, but the community is not giving up and working hard to make the next festival happen.
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To support the project you can purchase original CUTOUT merch via Redbubble store. The funds will go to the project’s development.