'Smoke Me'. From a series 'Ugh, Vova, Vova...' by Yuriy Zakordonets.
We believe that exploring the whole Collection will expand understanding of the context and the idea behind the artworks.
New series of works on socialist realism ‘Ugh, Vova, Vova…’ was developed after a group show displayed in several cities in Ukraine at the beginning of 2017. The exhibition – ‘Mausoleum Renaissance’ – was focused on retrospective view at Soviet time 25 years after Soviet system fell apart. It requested from artists a contemporary perspective on what is known as ‘life behind the iron curtain’.
Despite mixed feelings associated with the socialist era, it is important to provide a space for all views and experiences. Every painting is certainly more than just a recollection of time known for hypocritical and cynical Soviet art serving totalitarian regime, – it is also a personal story, it is a virtual touch to that mystic life in USSR.
Artworks are full of irony (or even a sarcasm) with regards to main ideological cliche and stereotypes of Soviet propaganda and pomposity of officious state entourage. However, even this is not it: all paintings are full of symbols and riddles, which intrigue and complement the overall experience from the past era in intellectual as well as emotional way.
In a new series, the artist used original paintings from socialist time promoted in youth (pioneer) camps, cultural centers, ‘red corners’ and party offices at factories and manufactories.