Until January 7, 2024, the Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg in Germany presents Ukrainian Dreamers. Kharkiv School of Photography.
It is an impressive collection of some 5,000 photographs and more than 70,000 negatives—a total of almost 2,000 kilograms of material—that Sergiy Lebedynskyy, Director of the Museum of the Kharkiv School of Photography (MOKSOP), had transported to Wolfsburg a few weeks after the beginning of the Russian war of aggression. The works belong to the so-called Kharkiv School of Photography, a movement that has been experimenting artistically since the late 1960s and represents a kind of anti-attitude to official Soviet-style photography. The works were supposed to be exhibited in the Museum of the Kharkiv School of Photography (MOKSOP) in Kharkiv, which was newly founded by Lebedynskyy—but then Russia’s war of aggression, in violation of international law, began in February 2022. The photographs found their way out of the war zone in otherwise empty humanitarian aid transport trucks and eventually ended up in Lebedynskyy’s basement in Wolfsburg, where he has lived and worked for several years. The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg has temporarily stored this collection in its art depot.
Artists: Sergiy Bratkov, Herman Driukov, Viktor and Sergiy Kochetov, Bella Logachova, Oleg Maliovany, Boris Mikhailov, Evgeniy Pavlov, Roman Pyatkovka, Daniil Revkovskiy und Andriy Rachinskiy, Jury Rupin, Shilo Group (Vladyslav Krasnoshchok und Sergiy Lebedynskyy), SOSka Group (Mykola Ridnyi, Serhiy Popov und Hanna Kriventsova), Oleksandr Suprun.
Concept and curator: Sergiy Lebedynskyy. Curatorial assistace: Carla Wiggering
38440 Wolfsburg, Germany