UKRANIAN LAND, 2012, 1’12’’
The pseudo-romantic one-minute clip Ukrainian Land features picturesque Ukrainian landscapes filmed by television camera operators. The price of the land is superimposed over what are in part painterly scenes. The work plays against the background of the political discussion about lifting the moratorium on selling land in Ukraine.
SUPER PROPOSITION, 2008, 1’
The work Super Proposition imitates the visual language of TV advertisements and is directed towards potential Polish employers by praising the qualities of illegal Ukrainian workers: low wages, no legal protection, no insurance.
R.E.P. GROUP (Revolutionary Experimental Space) was established in late 2004 during the Orange Revolution in Ukraine and initially comprised twenty artists. Since 2006 the group’s members have been Ksenia Hnylytska, Nikita Kadan, Lesia Khomenko, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Zhanna Kadyrova and Lada Nakonechna. Their work began with a series of performances subsumed under the name “Intervention” and emerged as a reaction to the politicized public space of “post-orange” Ukraine. In their work, R.E.P. addresses a number of issues that are symptomatic of the current state of Ukrainian society, such as labor migration and the state of post-Soviet cultural institutions, social stratification and shared mythical images of prosperity; and Soviet heritage and the simulation of Westernization, as in Eurorenovation. In recent years, the group’s practice has involved conceptualizing its existence as a community.