Maria Proshkowska. Posttraumatic (Herbarium)

01.10.2018 - 20.10.2018

This October Shcherbenko Art Centre presents the personal exhibition «Posttraumatic (Herbarium)» by Maria Proshkowska – artist from Kyiv, finalist and winner of the special award of the contest for young Ukrainian artists MUHi 2017.
The exhibition contains plant compositions collected by the artist in the polluted after the Chernobyl accident in 1986 village of Strakholissia, which population was not evacuated. The visitors will also see videos and photos taken on this territory in cooperation with the photographer Vitalii Ocheretianyi and camerawoman SvietaDiodna-Dudiak.

The project considers the relationship between human and the environment in the post-traumatic period. The artist observes plant communities in strong radiation pollution conditions. The process of immersion in adverse environment transforms her personal fear and gives an impulse to reconsidering and searching for the new opportunities for growth and development.

Recovery through destruction or posttraumatic growth – is the main subject of the exhibition. It raises the question of where the breaking point of our personal limit is located (is it?), and is there a destruction of such force to make further progress impossible?

Project team:
Photo – Vitalii Ocheretianyi
Video – SvietaDiodna-Dudiak
Editing – Andrii Lobov
Special thanks to Olesia Dolzhenko and Valentyn Chornyi.

«Posttraumatic (Herbarium)» project was implemented with the support of the AEQUO Law Firm – the partner of the contest for young Ukrainian artists MUHi 2017, and the 4i Capital investment firm.

Maria Proshkowska
Born in 1986 in Kiev. Graduated from the National Academy of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, studied at the School of Contemporary Art at the Institute of Contemporary Art. In her works the artist addresses the problems of sexualization of the female body, the influence of time on a person and issues of self-identity. Maria is the winner of the special prize of the young artists’ contest MUHi in 2017 and the participant of the American Arts Incubator 2018 in Ukraine. She participated in personal and group projects at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Kyiv Art Fair, GogolFest, Sklo Art Space in Kyiv, Dzyga Gallery in Lviv and in residences Byriuchyi (Ukraine) and FUTURA (Czech Republic). Lives and works in Kyiv.