Ksenyia Hnylytska

Fragile of Identification


  • Ksenyia Hnylytska, Fragile of Identification, 2013

    Chamotte, glazed

    2 objects, each 12,2 x 8,7 x 0,4 cm

Russian or Ukrainian passport that was not an important issue for decades for the people living in Crimea or in the East-Ukraine. The borders were open and the national belonging played a minor role. But the reaction of the large economic blocks in relation to the revolution on Maidan, to the annexation of Crimea by Russia and the heating-up of the civil war in the East-Ukraine enforced a backward nationalism, which created a new borderline in Europe. Ksenyia Hnylytska, who has worked mainly as a painter, initiated with these two chamotte objects a new working series – at the early days of Maidan in 2013, when the question of a stronger orientation of the Ukraine towards Europe or Russia was still not ruled by war and violence, but by a peaceful civil upheaval – at this time, she created the two passports as highly fragile proof of the concept of national identities.

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