ALTERNATIVE HRYVHIAS. DAVID CHICHKAN

25 лютого 2021 - 09 квітня 2021

David Chichkan creates a series of alternative hryvnias, in which he complements portraits of Ukrainian cultural and political figures with quotes from their works that reveal the views of these authors on the social order. Chichkan's "banknotes" depict portraits of modernist intellectuals who strived for social justice and general economic equality, including Mykhailo Drahomanov, an ideologue of Ukrainian socialism and the ideological inspirer of Ivan Franko and Lesia Ukrainka, not represented on real hryvna banknotes. In this way, the artist offers to comprehend the phenomenon of portraits of historical figures on money and once again for his practice draws attention to the authors’ emancipatory beliefs of the progressive Ukrainian project, which remain revolutionary today.