War is destructive to people and their cultural heritage. “Living Through War: Works from Kharkiv by Bella Logachova” is a reaction against the war in Ukraine. Each work provides a unique insight into the perspective of an artist living through the violence and destruction of her homeland. With this exhibition, the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University (CAM) strives to bring empathy and awareness to the war in Ukraine while supporting an artist and her country in the throes of conflict.

“Living Through War” offers the rare opportunity to see through the eyes of a person in an active combat zone. The CAM will exhibit 19 works by Bella Logachova from the ARtNUO (New Ukrainian Ornaments) series, produced from 2014 to 2022, as well as a video of the artist. The exhibit will be on view Thursday, with an opening reception from 4:30-7:30 p.m. with RSVP required. The first hour, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., is for museum members only and includes a special tour by the curator. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the public can explore the exhibition, hear remarks from co-curator Sabine Kutt and leaders of the Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center, and take a short tour of the public gallery.

The exhibition is visible until June 11, 2023.

Combining traditional Ukrainian folk art images with military icons and symbols, Logachova creates complex and narrative digital images. Through her complex works, she depicts various international events, including the current conflict in Ukraine, beginning with the Dignity Revolution of 2014: “Each work is a documentary story told through ornaments. War is difficult… but we have to do something, create new things, it’s our responsibility. said Bella Logachova.

Logachova is a Ukrainian artist and photographer, born in Mariupol in 1973. She graduated from the Academy of Design and Art in Kharkiv, where she currently teaches media arts and is a co-founder of the art group SOSka, including the Excess film group, in Kharkov. She has exhibited her work throughout Europe and in Ukraine.

Logachova received wide recognition after presenting posters titled ARtNUO – New Ukrainian Ornaments at the IX International Triennial “4th block” in 2015 for which she was awarded the Grand Prix of the festival. The 4th Block is an association of contemporary graphic designers. “In 2014, when the war in Ukraine started, I started the ARtNUO series…as the war only escalates, this series is still ongoing.” –Bella Logachova

This exhibition will be co-curated with Sabine Kutt of Sabine Kutt Photography. Kutt is a photographer, art curator, choreographer and ballet master. Born and raised in East Germany, she has resided in the United States since 2001. She organizes international exhibitions and special events, and currently represents women artists, including Logachova. “The natural and cheerful elements of the embroidery contrast sharply with the military symbols that Bella Logachova inserts into her images. His art is like the news. She is one of the few artists who can immediately implement what she has experienced creatively,” Kutt said.

The Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center in Buffalo, a major exhibit partner, is supporting the project and lending traditional Ukrainian needlework for visual reference in the exhibit. The gallery will feature a QR code that will allow CAM visitors to donate directly to Dnipro’s Ukrainian charity fund for humanitarian and medical aid. On Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., CAM will organize a special day of Ukrainian community programming for members of the Dnipro Center and the public to visit “Living Through War”.

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