Ukrainian contemporary art at the Hybrid Art Fair 2019 in Madrid
With the support of the Ukrainian Institute, the IZOLYATSIA Foundation, Platform for Cultural Initiatives and the The Naked Room Gallery took part in the fair.
The Hybrid Art Fair, which focuses on the promotion of independent artistic spaces and new artists, has a peculiar feature - it takes place in a hotel where, for three days, hotel rooms turn into separate exhibition rooms, and the common space becomes an environment for artistic interventions, theatrical and musical performances.
In Madrid, Ukraine was represented by the "IZOLYATSIYA" platform for cultural initiatives from Donetsk presenting the artists' works on the themes of the Donbass and IDPs: "Kino-cephals of the Donbass" by Lia Dostleva ; "Me and Mariupol", "People's Museum of Avdiyivka", "In the East" by Piotr Armyanovsky "Untitled. Curtain" by Alevtina Kahidze "Untitled" by Maria Kulikovskaya; the "IDPs wandering" board game; Vostok SOS and Donbass Odyssey "East House".
The second participant from Ukraine was the Kiev gallery The Naked Room with the exhibition of five Ukrainian artists: paintings by Lucy Ivanova, photographs by Olena Subach, Vyacheslav Polyakov and Sasha Kurmaz, glass and ceramic objects by Olga Gaidash.

"In general, the exhibition in a hotel room is an unusual format, it prompts you to find nontrivial solutions in contrast to the gallery space, where objects are always in the spotlight. Perhaps that's why visitors stayed in the exposition for longer (some even for 1 hour), they played, listened, read the stories, and while leaving the room they found themselves in the bathroom, where they were confronted with works on the annexed Crimea and the front-line city of Mariupol. Modern Ukraine causes empathy and certainly does not leave anyone indifferent. Sometimes it's empathy for human tragedies, and sometimes the admiration for our courage in facing challenges," says Dmytro Chepurnyi, Project Manager of the IZOLYATSIA Foundation.