Notes on Space exhibition goes online

Notes on Space” exhibition was scheduled to open April 23-26 during Odesa Photo Days 2020 at Museum of Odessa Modern Art, but the situation has changed due to the worldwide pandemic.

Finally the solution was found: 20 August 7 PM we open the exhibition online.

Opening ceremony includes:

  • presentation of online exhibition: website and its possibilities;
  • conversation with artists and curator;
  • Q&A session.

Artists: Gustavo Balbela (BR), David Barreiro (ES), Caroline Kolkman (NL), Carola Lampe (DE), Sara Perovic (IT / HR).
Curator: Tytus Szabelski (PL)

The event will be broadcast on the Odesa Photo Days Festival Facebook Page and held in English. The link for the exhibition will be revealed on the day of presentation.

Exhibition concept

We create, rearrange and destroy spaces we inhabit, throughout our whole life. Houses, workplaces or streets and public squares are the material environment we influence on. However, they also shape our behaviour: tell us where and how to go, teach us values and hierarchies dominant in a society or a class we belong to. In that terms, it is no surprise that the notions of ‘building’ and ‘construction’ are never limited to the physical matter. We build houses and relationships, monuments but also identities, spatial order and political order. We built past memories and will build the future ones.

Notes on Space aims to shed light on different elements of this entangled relation. From the playfulness and creativity of children, creating imaginary spaces from given elements, to the very instrumental role subscribed to the construction workers. And from the abstract interactions with surroundings, to the ideologically saturated, artificial suburban neighbourhoods. Space was and is politicised, gender-biased, and might be even more so in the future, if we fill it with artificial intelligence, fuelled by biased data collected in the past and present. But even today we see our cities, towns and villages changing due to politicians will, ideology or huge private investments, tearing apart what was once public and common. Is it the time to take back our own creative forces?

Organised by European Photo Based Platform Parallel which is designed and led by and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Partners in Ukraine — Odesa Photo Days Festival (member of Parallel from 2019).

Later this year the exhibition catalog will be printed. More details about the catalog are coming soon.

The photo on the poster by David Barreiro.