Wanderings through Ukrainian Art is a collaborative project created in a partnership between BLOCKFREI and the online media platform Artslooker from Ukraine dedicated to the promotion of Ukrainian contemporary art and culture in the international context.   In the framework of this project, five international art critics, whose activities had been connected with the BLOCKFREI, have chosen five Ukrainian artists each to meet, talk, analyze their practices and present a result of the research in five articles, thus giving an outside perspective and contributing to efforts of putting the quality artists of the Ukrainian contemporary art scene

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ARCHAEOLOGY OF SENSORY EXPERIENCE. ABOUT KATYA BUCHATSKA'S ARTISTIC PRACTICE   Abandoning direct political messages, loud manifestos and strong statements, Katya Buchatska is developing an art practice of ‘small gestures’ that never challenges a problem openly whereas uncovers and exposes its concealed seams and corners. Buchatska acts like an archaeologist and approaches her subject of research as a complex multi-layered situation — she brushes off the coatings, cleans away the build-ups to reveal the underneath layers —yet shimmering through, they  tell a new story. Nevertheless the discovered artefacts could be very intimate, excavated

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PRODUCTIVE CONSUMPTION, LABORIOUS LEISURE, AND DEBILITATING CARE IN THE PAINTINGS BY ALINA SOKOLOVA   Human figures in pairs and groups, working, drinking, dancing, and exercising; dogs in various positions and states; people carrying one another, dogs carrying people; chessboards, a bathtub, tables, chairs, and plates; a couple of horses, and a single leek with its shadow – these are all painted elements of Alina Sokolova’s imaginary as well as her daily reality. Alina Sokolova is an artist who grew up in Uzhgorod, on the western edge of Ukraine, and currently lives and works

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BECOMING ONE'S UNAPOLOGETIC SELF   Driven by the pandemic experience, artist and filmmaker Uli Golub turns to fitness and social media as modern means of storytelling and community-building   [caption id="attachment_8880" align="alignnone" width="600"] Babushka in Space (2017)[/caption]   “I dream of wind cradling the heavy and whippy spikes of wheat, of endless fields, the limitless sky, the low clouds moving slowly above my head.” Floating weightless through space, the protagonist of Uli Golub’s short film Babushka in Space (2017) ponders the loss of earthly delights, watching the blue planet from her extraterrestrial exile. Based on a

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