Will we save or lose forever?! A large-scale art project by Aleksandra Fedoruk “Shadows of Ancestors. I will!” has already started.

Will we save or lose forever?! A large-scale art project by Aleksandra Fedoruk “Shadows of Ancestors. I will!” has already started.

In the most unexpected locations – on the ruins of ancient palaces and churches – a series of works of graphic art and artistic photographs will be exhibited. The project, dedicated to the preservation of national cultural heritage, is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the rich spiritual and material culture of Ukraine, feel the connection with the past and think about the future.

The author of the project is Ukrainian artist and restorer of monumental paintings Aleksandra Fedoruk – presents a series of female portraits created in the original author’s technique, which is a masterful synthesis of different types of graphic art. The combination of the portrait image with unique patterns of the background of the works creates the effect of great mystery and sacredness.

A series of photographic works presents an artistic interpretation of reflections on the cultural memory and spiritual power of the family. The shadows of unforgettable ancestors, on the one hand, and the life-affirming “I will!”, on the other, create a symbolic bridge between the ancient and the future.

The half-ruined architectural monuments were chosen as an exhibition space not by chance. They are a visualization of the decline of material culture and a loud metaphor of destruction in the spiritual realm. The women-caretakers in every work of art by Aleksandra Fedoruk eloquently call for respect for their own roots.

Woman is one of the most archaic and multifaceted images in art. The beautiful faces in the portraits embody the mystery and mysticism of female nature. In memory of the glorious history of our state, the artist dedicated a number of works to prominent historical figures of the Kyivan Rus. The artist saves universal spiritual values ​​from the rubble of oblivion, points to the strong connection of epochs and generations, which is manifested in the continuity and preservation of tradition and is the key to a dignified future.

Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the mystical space of abandoned buildings, enjoy the beauty of female images, interpret the many symbols that fill the works of art, and feel part of a great culture.

The project consists of two stages.

The first stage is a photo shoot of Alexandra with her paintings in eight architectural monuments, most of which are on the verge of extinction:

  • unknown unfinished museum (Kyiv region, Pereyaslav city);
  • Tereshchenko Palace (Zhytomyr region, Chervone village);
  • Thor Lange Palace (Vinnytsia region, Lypovets district, Napadivka village);
  • Church of the Holy Trinity (Vinnytsia region, Barsky district, Mankivtsi village);
  • Church of Our Lady of Thunder and Dominican Monastery (Khmelnytsky region, Starokostiantyniv city);
  • Sydoriv Castle (Ternopil region, Husiatyn district, Sydoriv village);
  • Chervonohorod Castle (Ternopil region, Zalishchyk district, Nyrky village);
  • Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin (Lviv region, Zolochiv district, Bilyi Kamin city).

The purpose of this stage is to perpetuate the national cultural heritage for contemporaries and our descendants. It started on July 4, 2020 in Pereyaslav and continues along this route.

The results of the first stage of the project will be presented in the exposition of the Museum-Reserve “Pidhirtsi Castle” at the end of August 2020 (Lviv region, Brody district, Pidhirtsi village, 1 Zamkova Street).

The second stage will give the audience the opportunity to enjoy charming female images and artistic photographs created in forgotten monuments at the exhibition.

Final exhibition of the project “Shadows of ancestors. I will!” will take place at the end of November 2020 in the premises of the Spiritual Consistory (“Backery”) of the Sophia Museum of the National Conservation Area “St. Sophia of Kyiv”.

Everyone interested in Aleksandra Fedoruk’s artistic idea can follow the creative journey by joining the artist’s pages on social networks:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aleksachenkafedoruk, https://www.facebook.com/Art-Fedoruk-Sayx-642372389255243/;

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sasha_fedoruk1100/.

Also on the Facebook page of the National Conservation Area “St. Sophia of Kyiv”, we will go on a virtual tour with Alexandra in these locations. You will be the first to see photos from the mysterious half-ruined architectural monuments.

Already this week we will share with you a piece of beauty from the first location – an unknown unfinished museum in Pereyaslav, Kyiv region.

So follow our announcements! It will be extremely exciting and beautiful!