Apartment exhibitions

2011 - 2013

The basic idea of Apartment Exhibitions was to unite different artistic groups and spaces into a regular community event. A series of self-organized exhibitions in private/living places, studios, and off-spaces combined the efforts of representatives in the local art scene with friendly colleagues from Ukraine and abroad. In 2013 Lviv artists running their own off-space joined the initiative.

25 - 29.04.2013

In 2013 the idea of Apartment Exhibitions united two cities in Ukraine: Kharkiv and Lviv, which are located on opposite sides of the country. The major regional centers outside of the capital city of Kiev, despite their differences, all share the same cultural problem: a deficit of professional non-profit institutions. Events were coordinated simultaneously over five days in two cities, marking a parallel timeframe connected by online tours of the works via Skype. The Kharkiv edition of this initiative expanded into an even larger row of these type of spaces. In addition to studios and private flats, artists also organized a trip to a village outside of the city. Suburban spaces such as a  lake with a former pumping station, an abandoned garden, or a large field became a new territory for artistic intervention in which objects presented new possibilities for interaction among local people.

Design studio on Artema str. 
Uliana Alimova "Art kills", installation, b&w print 
Design studio on Artema str.
Skype-excursion on Apartment exhibition in Lviv

Komynalka (Dormitory) on Symskaya str. 
Natalia Zotikova "Domestic Capitalism", installation, c-print 
Komynalka (Dormitory) on Symskaya str.
Natalia Zotikova "Pilgrimage", video installation

Exhibition in the former pumping station. 
Zelenyi Hay, Kharkiv region 
Lake in the village Zelenyi Hay, Kharkiv region
Taras Kamennoy "Stability", styrogoam, site-specific object

Field in the village Zelenyi Hay, Kharkiv region  
Serhiy Popov "Freedom", funeral flowers, site-specific object 
Field in the village Zelenyi Hay, Kharkiv region
Serhiy Popov "Freedom", happening

10 - 12.04.2012


The summer of 2012 in Ukraine was associated with the European football championship (EURO-2012) and the First Kyiv Biennial for contemporary art at the museum Mystetskyi Arsenale. Preparations for the EURO-2012 involved big business into contracts that reorganized public spaces through the construction of new infrastructure. In many cases, these changes resulted in losses from the budget, rising inflation, and increases in prices targeting average consumers. The budget for the Biennial was included as part of the culture program, which became a sort of addendum or bonus attached to the main sporting events. This problematic context became a field for critique by other artists. Apartment Exhibitions took place on a regular basis, but with zero budget. In any assessment: from the side of self-organisation, to the individual aspects of the presented works – these apartment exhibitions were united in their critical reflection and position toward the Ukrainian social and culture environment at the time

Doorway exhibition on Symskaya str. 
Taras Kamennoy "Traces of beatings", dirt on canvas 
Doorway exhibition on Symskaya str.
Michail Dolyanovskiy "Zombies instead of vegetables", acrylic on wooden boxes
SOSka gallery-lab
Nikita Kadan "Speech of silent", mixed media
Nikita Kadan, posters in public space, streets of Kharkiv                            

Doorway exhibition on Symskaya str.
Vlad Chentsov "Laboratory of signs",mixed media 
Apartment on Danilevskogo str.
Mykola Ridnyi's speech on the "Zero budget", video screening


The first row of Apartment Exhibitions in Kharkiv were installed in three places: SOSka Gallery-Lab, Garage Gallery "Y Rozy" ("At Rosa's place") and a private studio - all located in the center of the city. These efforts united different initiatives into one motive:  self-organisation outside of official institutions in Kharkiv, many of which have a tendency to limit artistic gestures, especially if the artistic statement within them touches upon any political issues. The same problem exists in the field of art education in Ukraine today, which is very conservative and gives no opportunity for experimental work. The aim of using private space for art which comments on public discourse is inextricably linked to creating new opportunity for free experiment and the removal of boundaries around the artistic practice.

SOSka gallery-lab
"Artist's choiсe" - exhibition by Mykola Ridnyi, Serhiy Popov, Taras Kamennoy. Mixed media

Studio on Symskaya str.
Olga Rabzevitch "People eat people", oil on canvas / Taras Kamennoy "Slogans", tape on hardboard

Garage-gallery "Y Rozy" ("At Rosa's place")
Alina Kleytman "Capture", video projection