FOCUS ON UKRAINE
PHOTO GALLERY VIENNA
The starting point for the intensive cooperation with the Ukrainian art scene this year was the solo exhibition SOLO X by Olena Newkryta in the framework of FOTO WIEN 2019.
SOLO is an exhibition series of the PHOTO GALLERY VIENNA, in which young outstanding artists present their works and later join the cooperation and artistic trips.
Since Olena Newkryta was born in Ukraine, her wish to learn more about the Ukrainian art scene and to present her works and network there was obvious.
Several years ago I had the opportunity to visit a photo festival in Kyiv and the legendary Kharkiv Photo School and last year – Odesa Photo Days. There I gave lectures and participated in Portfolio Reviews as an expert.
The treasure I brought home was the many new impressions, new knowledge, the encounters and cultural exchange with interesting artists and various people, as well as new friends.
This year, the treasure box was opened thanks to Olena Newkryta’s SOLO X – exhibition. There was a special supporting programme FOCUS ON UKRAINE, with lectures and screenings by Igor Manko about the Kharkiv Photo School and by Kateryna Radchenko about the Odesa Photo Days, as well as a presentation of young Ukrainian photographers. We also took part in the Odesa Photo Days 2019, where Olena Newkryta gave a lecture on Cameraless Photography and I talked about Austrian artistic photography and where I was also invited to the Portfolio Reviews as an expert.
The treasure box is now filled with many new contacts, many new ideas and possible future cooperation; but also with wonderful impressions of the beautiful city of Odessa.