From The Past To The Past


August, 2019

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: Pavlo Bedzir, Nicolas Ceccaldi, Elizavetha Kremnytska, Marysia Paruzel, Ferenc Seman, Damon Sfetsios.

From the Past to the Past explores the social cybernetics of the 1960-70s Uzhgorod through the prism of today’s cancel culture. In particular, the show examines the dynamics between the most recognized nonconformist artists of Ukrainian Transcarpathia: Pavlo Bedzir, Elizavetha Kremnytska, and Ferenc Seman. Their works are shown alongside paintings and sculptures by contemporary artists from New York: Nicolas Ceccaldi, Marysia Paruzel, and Damon Sfetsios. While the organizer doesn’t claim to be competent in the history of the local art scene, she is curious about the entanglements in its relationships that seem to be largely ignored in Uzhgorod, such as: Kremnytska and Bedzir’s relationship, as discussed in her diaries; the letter signed by Bedzir under KGB pressure accusing Seman of anti-communism (because of his family 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 comprises 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.

The opening of the show was accompanied by the reading of poems by Iryna Nevytska, the founder of the women’s union in Uzhgorod in the 1930s.

Curator: Anya Komar

Regional House of Culture of Trade Unions, 3 Ruska St., Uzhgorod

photo: Mykhailo Melnychenko, Petro Ryaska