Opening of the exhibition “Slavkeramprodukt. Working with the material” in the Local History Museum”

On December 29, the exhibition “Slavkeramprodukt. Working with the material” opens in Slovyansk Local History Museum (vul. Bankivska, 31) within the project “Under construction: Museum open”. The project is curated by contemporary Ukrainian artists Anna Sorokova and Taras Kovach.

The “Slavkeramprodukt. Working with material” project by Ukrainian artists Anna Sorokova and Taras Kovach is a short research into Slovyansk ceramic production as a social phenomenon and an attempt to rethink the holdings and space of the city museum. Unique natural raw material and ceramics production based on it determined one of the key areas of Slovyansk residents’ activities for a long time. This activity took different forms in each historical period. Pre-revolutionary mass commercial production of pottery and tiles was developed in late 19th – early 20th century. Industrialization of the region and country led to huge Insulator plant facilities in Soviet times. After state-owned factories stopped their work, commercial production of consumer goods began to flourish in the 90s, as a survival strategy. The nature of production varied depending on the overall political and economic situation. How did ceramics affect people’s lives, their everyday routine and external relations? What determines the quality of contemporary ceramics?  How can the museum be useful to the city, where there are hundreds of private ceramic businesses, but which lacks quality art training?

The exhibition will be open from 29 December 2016 to 28 February 2017 within the working hours Slovyansk Local History Museum (vul. Bankivska, 31).

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: MUSEUM OPEN is a project that will last for four months from November 2016 to March 2017 in the local history museums of Slovyansk (Donetsk region) and Lysychansk (Luhansk region). It is a research project which will enlist the cooperation of museum curators, Ukrainian and international artists and experts, provide the museums with modern technical equipment, organize training for the museum staff, develop and implement a PR concept for each museum. The project will result in arranging the exhibitions, a number of training activities for the museum staff and visitors, as well as methodological recommendations for the further development of the museums.

The Arts Department of Ukraine Crisis Media Center conducts the project “Under construction: Museum open: Slovyansk and Lysychansk” within the project “Ukraine Confidence Building Initiative (UCBI)” with the financial support of the United States Agency for International Development 

For further information, please contact Dmytro Zhuravlyov, communications coordinator of “Under construction: Museum open: Slovyansk, +38 0958569386[email protected]

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