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 U. S. Embassy in Kyiv.
Curator of the program Lika A Volk: firstname.lastname@example.org
Introspector Petro Ryaska: email@example.com
Administrator Nikoletta Yurets: firstname.lastname@example.org
Development of design identity: Attila Hazhlinsky: email@example.com
Development of web design of the CCI program website: Oleh Perkovskyi
Our CCI program pages:
Anya Komar, From The Past To The Past, August, 2019
“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.
August – October 2020
“DreamDoc: Uzhhorod”. Project by Alexandra Lerman. Participants: Anastasia Kostiv, Victoria Dorr, Attila Hazhlinski, Lika Volkova, Danylo Kovach, Petro Ryaska, Kasha Potrogosh, Leo Trotsenko, Yevhen Korshunov, Oleksandra Liven, Raivis Kapilinskis, Daniil Kosinski.
September – October 2020
COUNTERFACTUALS, Tyler Coburn. Participants: Valeria Schyller, Zhanna Ozirna (partially), Kateryna Tykhonenko, Anton Varga, Lika Volkova, Adriana Molenda, Yevhen Korshunov (partially), Attila Hazhlinski, Larion Lozovy, Anastasia Kostiv (partially), Tomi Hazhlinski (partially), Victoria Dorr (Zimomrya), Petro Ryaska.
September – November 2020
“Clothes for Crossing a Medium-Size River” by Daniel Bozkov. Temporary collective Uzhhorod 7+, the seven members: Daniel Bozhkov, Petro Ryaska, Anton Humenyuk, Anetta Humenyuk, Attila Hazhlinski Anastasia Kostiv, and Tommi Hazslinszki, plus additional collaborators that have been helping along the way with ideas and expertise.
Workshops by Alexandra “Sasha” Lerman, DreamDoc or a Midsummer’s Night Film, August 25 – October 28
Workshops by Daniel Bozhkov, Clothes for Crossing a Medium-Size River, September 5 – November 22.
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 Gere Mihaly 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
Non-curator Petro Ryaska
Head of US program Lika Volk
Online publication on the art theory and criticism in Ukrainian.