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About the Show

Renowned Ukrainian artist, Mykola Zhuravel, and his partner, Daria Tishchenko Zhuravel, witnessed firsthand the turmoil and uprising that led to the ouster of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich during the 2014 Revolution, and the ongoing political tensions that have reached a boiling point with Russia’s hostile attack on Ukraine. Zhuravel, a contemporary painter and sculptor who has represented Ukraine at the Viennese Biennale, together with Ms. Tishchenko, developed the exhibition, Invasion Redux, that first premiered in North America at The Ukrainian Institute of America in New York in 2016. The multi-media exhibition poignantly transforms their memories of the uprising and its aftermath into vivid abstract portrayals – artworks, sculpture, photography and film – that encapsulate what it is like to live in the shadow of a hostile giant.
 

Throughout the Toronto exhibition, both Mykola Zhuravel and Daria Tishchenko Zhuravel will be working as Artists in Residence at the CNE’s Withrow Common Gallery.
 

Gallery guests can observe “art-in-the-making” as the two artists work on pieces that respond to the deadly and tragic events resulting from Russia’s current assault on their homeland.

Time, Location & Tickets

Thursdays thru Sundays from April 21 - May 29, 2022
Withrow Common Gallery, 200 Princes' Blvd. Toronto, ON M6K3C3

Thursdays & Fridays: 6pm to 9pm

Saturdays & Sundays: 12pm to 5pm

Tickets are pay what you can on Thursdays and Fridays and $15 on Saturdays and Sundays. Net proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the UN Refugee Agency (Canada): Ukraine Emergency. Tickets are available below or in person at the gallery.  

 

Invasion Redux will be featured as a part of Doors Open Toronto with free admission on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29.

"United We Stand" Tees
Available online now in the CNE Shop!

The "United We Stand" T-Shirt features Daria Tishchenko Zhuravel's piece of the same name, depicting the Ukrainian flag with arms and hands intertwined. A portion of proceeds from T-shirt sales will be donated to the UN Refugee Agency’s humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.

Visit the shop to order yours now!

About the Artists

About Mykola Zhuravel

Mykola Zhuravel is a distinguished Ukrainian painter and sculptor whose works have been exhibited internationally, including in Canada, the US, Ukraine, Italy, Germany, and Japan. Combining classic artistic traditions, a Ukrainian worldview and a deeply personal sensation of life and peace, he creates works that search for compatibility between mankind and earth. Seeking to break down boundaries between painting and sculpture, Zhuravel's resulting pieces appear vibrant, multi-faceted and inventive. Zhuravel graduated from the Kyiv State Arts Academy in 1989. His works are held in private and institutional collections in Ukraine, Western Europe, Canada and the United States. Zhuravel represented Ukraine in the 54th Venice Biennale. He lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine, often collaborating with his wife and partner, photographer and filmmaker Daria Tishchenko-Zhuravel.

About Daria Tishchenko-Zhuravel

Owner of Crane Studio in Kyiv, Daria Tishchenko-Zhuravel has actively exhibited in Ukraine, Italy, Brussels and New York while working as a professional photographer. Both in tandem with her husband, Mykola Zhuravel, and independently, Ms. Tishchenko-Zhuravel has excelled in photography and videography exhibitions. Examples include her direction of the film “Identification” at the Goethe Insititute (Brussels), her presentation of the modified American flag (US Flag) as part of “The Chameleon Effect” photo project subsequently exhibited at Scope New York in 2014 and her participation in the art project “Apiary” at the Venice Bienalle.

Explore Featured Pieces

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Bearish Wedding, 2015
Bearish Wedding, 2015

This surreal work of photography is staged as a theater of the absurd. Zhuravel was inspired by the 19th century etching, "Wedding of Misha the Clubfoot Bear". "Fake unions are the result of politicians using the allegory of marriage as a way to force the creation of a third country...this work represents a forced marriage. I am illustrating that Russia is an aggressor who resolves its political will through violence, high-jacking the notion of natural weddings."

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War Carnival No. 3
War Carnival No. 3

"War Carnival explores three ideas. The first is the idea of anti-heroes. They wear the mask of the Russian bear, carry weapons and symbols of perversion. The second idea plays on the image of ancient Greek Parthenon frescoes. This is my analogous fresco depicting anti-heroes of Russia. This is the social sculpture of war. Third, the participants are on the backdrop of Ukraine, standing on a wall in downtown Kyiv."

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Dirty Dancing No. 1
Dirty Dancing No. 1

"This is the dance of war, a duet. When I look and think of war, I see a playful dance, like in nature, in pairs, yet very abstract and forceful. The dancer's clothing is aggressive. There is a lot of movement and chaos around, depicted with splatters of paint. The dancers are not coordinated, holding toys in their hands. No image is clear. Nothing is precise. The dance is a fierce game of destruction. It is the natural movement of a chaotic barbarian, violent dance."

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Bearish Wedding, 2015
Bearish Wedding, 2015

This surreal work of photography is staged as a theater of the absurd. Zhuravel was inspired by the 19th century etching, "Wedding of Misha the Clubfoot Bear". "Fake unions are the result of politicians using the allegory of marriage as a way to force the creation of a third country...this work represents a forced marriage. I am illustrating that Russia is an aggressor who resolves its political will through violence, high-jacking the notion of natural weddings."

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