Bella Logachova, DNR (Donetskaya Narodnaya Respublica) from the series “ARtNUO (New Ukrainian Ornament)”, 2022, archival print. (Courtesy of the artist and Sabine Kutt Photography/provided by the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University)
Mon 23 May 2022 12:35 pm
From July 28 to June 11, 2023
√ Opening Thursday, June 28
Submitted by the Castellani Art Museum
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 as it is actively taking place. 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: Works from Kharkiv by Bella Logachova” offers the incredibly rare opportunity to see through the eyes of a person in an active combat zone. The CAM will exhibit nineteen of Logachova’s works from the ARtNUO (New Ukrainian Ornament) series, produced from 2014 to 2022, as well as a video of the artist. The exhibition will be on view from Thursday, July 28, with an opening reception from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Additional programs will be organized during the course of the exhibition.
Combining traditional Ukrainian folk art images with military icons and symbols, Logachova creates complex and narrative digital images. Through her complex works, she describes various international events, including the current conflict in Ukraine, starting with the Euromaidan 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.
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 group of films Excess, in Kharkov. She has exhibited her work throughout Europe and in Ukraine.
Logachova received wide recognition after presenting posters titled “ARtNUO – New Ukrainian Ornament” at the IX International Eco-Poster Triennial of the 4th Block, 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. … While the war only escalates, this series is still going on,” she said.
Bella Logachova in Kharkiv with “Boing 777”, from the series “ARtNUO (New Ukrainian Ornament)”, 2022, archival print. (Courtesy of the artist and Sabine Kutt Photography/provided by the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University)
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. Kutt curates international exhibitions and special events featuring female artists, including Logachova.
“The natural and joyful elements of the embroidery stand in stark contrast to the military symbols that Bella Logachova inserts into her images,” Kutt said. “His art is like a short story. She is one of the few artists who can immediately implement what she has experienced creatively.
An important partner is the Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center in Buffalo, which supports the project and lends traditional Ukrainian needlework for visual reference in the exhibit. The gallery will also feature a QR code that will allow visitors to donate directly to Dnipro’s Ukrainian charity fund for humanitarian and medical aid. Smaller prints of the works will be published and sold to support the artist and the Ukrainian organizations she selects for donations.
At a time of many global conflicts, CAM supports creativity across borders and recognizes the profound contributions of immigrant, refugee and BIPOC communities to the cultural fabric of the Buffalo-Niagara region. We create accessible program opportunities for Niagara University students, local school districts, and the general public using these powerful works.
« Art distracts and gives strength. Art will always be against war,” Logachova said.