The Cultural Capital Introspection program takes place at the “Sorry No Rooms Available” artist residency in hotel Zakarpattia, Uzhhorod, Ukraine starting August 2019. The program invites American artists and curators to produce their works and engage with a conversation about the future of artistic production and cultural institutions through the perspective of their practice.
Uzhhorod is a border city in close proximity to Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Poland, and home to multiethnic communities. Within the past 100 years, Uzhhorod has been under the control of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Republic of Czechoslovakia, the USSR, and now is an independent Ukraine. The residency is based in hotel Zakarpattia which was built during the late 1970s in the soviet-brutalist architecture style as “Intourist” (foreign guests only) hotel and a KGB outpost. To this day it preserves an aura of the Soviet State and signs of its collapse, transporting travelers across times, cultures and political contexts.
Like the hotel Zakarpattia, much of the cultural infrastructure of Ukraine has not been renovated since Soviet times. Indeed, despite Ukraine’s integration into other aspects of the Western European sphere of influence, the country stays largely uncharted territory for contemporary art institutions. We see this as an opportunity to think about new models of art institutions that are neither ghosts of Soviet modernization nor agencies of the globalized art market. The program invites all participants to engage with the cultural landscape of Uzhhorod and the Transcarpathia region re-envisioning conditions and trajectories of cultural systems and agency.
The Cultural Cаpital Introspection Program is made possible with the support of the American Embassy in Kyiv.
Curator of the program Lika A Volk: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Officer Petro Ryaska: email@example.com
Administrator Nikoletta Yurets: firstname.lastname@example.org
Designer Attila Hazhlinsky: email@example.com
Anya Komar, From The Past To The Past, August, 2019
From The Past To The Past
The Cultural Capital Introspection program and art residency Sorry no Rooms Available are pleased to present “From the Past to the Past” a group exhibition of artists who worked in Ukrainian Transcarpathia from 1960s-1990s and contemporary artists from New York, curated by Anya Komar
Participants: Elizavetha Kremnytska. Ferenc Seman, Pavlo Bedzir, Damon Sfetsos, Marisa Paruzel, Nicolas Ceccaldi
From the Past to the Past attempted to explore the social cybernetics of the 1960-70s Uzhgorod through the prism of today’s popular cancel culture. In particular, the show examined the dynamics between the most known nonconformist artists of Ukrainian Transcarpathia: Pavlo Bedzir, Elizavetha Kremnytska, and Ferenc Seman. Their works were shown alongside paintings and sculptures by contemporary artists from New York: Nicolas Ceccaldi, Marisa Paruzel, and Damon Sfetsios. While the organizer did not claim to be competent in the history of the local art scene, she was curious about the entanglements in its relationships that seemed to be largely ignored in Uzhgorod, such as: Kremnytska and Bedzir’s marriage, and their relationship discussed in her diaries; the KGB letter signed by Bedzir (under KGB pressure) accusing Seman of anti-communism (because of his family members living in New York). Seman condemning Bedzir’s and Kremnitska’s work as conformist while he himself operated outside of the regime, without the right to exhibit or make a living as an artist. The exhibition comprised drawings by Kremnytska and Bedzir, and a painting by Seman that haven’t been shown before, alongside sculptures by Ceccaldi and Paruzel, and a painting by Sfetsios, which were made during their visit to Uzhgorod.
Curator: Anya Komar
Regional House of Culture of Trade Unions, 3 Ruska St., Uzhgorod
photo: Mykhailo Melnychenko, Petro Ryaska
Sorry No Rooms Available art residence provides an opportunity for the artist to develop their artistic practice and engage with the creative community and cultural environment of Uzhhorod and Transcarpathian region. In turn, the resident implements at least one project in the city or the region.
The year-round art residence operates sins April 1, 2016, and is based at the Hotel Intourist Transcarpathian, Uzhhorod, Ukraine. Hotel Zakarpattia is designed by Hungarian architect Ge Miguel in the soviet-brutalism architecture style in 1979. The site entails an architectural phenomenon, cultural, historical and social significance.
The residence accepts one artist for two weeks to one month time period.We provide live/work accommodation: 20 square meters hotel suit, bath, balcony, refrigerator, electric kettle, crock-pot, bed, chairs, table; as well as 100UAH daily allowance. To continue our residence, we ask an artist a donation of two paintings or drawings, not larger than 60 x 80cm. One for the hotel suit and second for the allowance.
The Sorry Without Numbers Residence is not for profit organization, supported by artists and local partners.
For artists who have their own financing to participate in the residency program there is a discount when renting the best hotel room. You can find out more by contacting the residence by email.
Applications are submitted throughout the year in an arbitrary form. The application is accompanied by a portfolio (pdf, site, web platform, online archive, etc.), cv / bio.
Residence “Sorry No Rooms Available”
Hotel Intourist-Zakarpattya, Sq. Cyril and Methodius, 5
Uzhorod, Transcarpathian region, Ukraine, 88005
Residence Officer Petro Ryaska
Head of international program Lika Volk
Online publication on the art theory and criticism in Ukrainian.