Dnipro. The Transformation is about the city, its cluster of architecture and engineering facilities, a great history and destinies of people, a set of facts and lots of artifacts that provide us with knowledge about ourselves. Over the past two years, Dnipro has changed significantly, mainly because of its inhabitants’ changes. For a modern person, who finds the flow of time too rapid, the city, as a social mechanism may sometimes be neither comfortable nor understandable, and city structure cannot be explained or defined.
The project represents graphics and video made by a young artist, who appeared on facebook in 2012 as an anonymous art project called Kinder Album. This is the first artist's major personal project in Ukraine. 'QUI PRO QUO' in Latin means confusion associated with the fact, that someone or something is being taken for someone or something else. 'QUI PRO QUO' is a phraseology, that is often used with a comic flavor, and it is also synonymous with a story, case, misunderstanding, occasional, and accidents.
The Artsvit Gallery presents a unique and still little known, even in the Ukrainian art community, phenomenon, that was formed in Dnipro in the late 1970s - early 1980s. It was associated with the photo club "Dnipro" founded by Marlene Matus (1939 - 2014), and its so-called Youth Department. The department was implemented with the initiative of Alexander Feldman, a photographer and photo art theorist. It became a powerful center of photographic production beyond the "proletarian" stereotypes, absorbing the tradition of Soviet informal reporting and pictorialism, which was widely spread in the 1900s –1910s in Ukraine.
The Artsvit Gallery and Nikita Shalenny present 4 projects that were previously exhibited in Kiev, Vienna, Lublin and Chicago. Most of them are presented in Dnipro for the first time.
The exhibition of Ukrainian graphics "The River of Life" is our first step in the way of exploring the citizens with the rapidly developing art, and artists continue to experiment with unexpected techniques and materials.