Izyum to Liverpool: Ukrainian artist Katya Buchatska presented a 14-hour multichannel installation at Liverpool Cathedral
by Amina Ahmed·
Liverpool Cathedral, UK
01.05 – 19.05.2023
Mon-Sat 10-18 h . Sun 13-18 h
Katya Buchatska presented a 14-hour multichannel installation called Izyum to Liverpool hosted by Liverpool Cathedral. The video artwork shows Ukrainian landscapes seen by refugees fleeing the full-scale war. It consists of 12 video screens that capture real-time landscapes, starting from the frontline cities to the stiller West part, along the Izyum—Kharkiv—Poltava—Mirgorod—Lubny—Kyiv—Fastiv—Kozyatin—Vinnytsia—Khmelnytskyi—Ternopil—Krasne—Lviv—Ukrainian—Polish border railway route.
Izyum to Liverpool is about the fragility of our environment, our lives and the landscape surrounding us. It is about the war in Ukraine. It is about something that can happen anywhere. Normal life can be changed in just one moment. This work is about the loss of certainties. A one-way journey provoking a shift in the state of mind. Even if you are in a safe environment farther away from the front line, this feeling of loss and uncertainty stays with you.
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The project is part of EuroFest, a series of cultural events created in collaboration between Ukraine and the UK leading up to Eurovision 2023. EuroFestival features 24 artistic projects, mainly produced in collaboration between Ukrainian and British artists, and runs from May 1st to May 14th in Liverpool.
Katya Buchatska (1987, UA) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Kyiv, Ukraine. She studied at the Publishing and Printing Institute of NTUU KPI (Kyiv), École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Dijon (Dijon, France), and the National Academy Of Fine Arts And Architecture (Kyiv). Engaging with the concept of time and researching the co-existence of human and non-human forms of life, Buchatska deconstructs forms and subject matters, giving objects new meaning. Her often playful presentations question the viewer’s perception of reality. Besides her artistic practice, she is a participant in the initiative group to preserve the heritage of Paraska Plytka-Horytsvit, a Ukrainian Hutsul artist.
Cover image: Izyum to Liverpool installation at Liverpool Cathedral. Source: Suspilne.