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Shadows of Us

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Thursday, 29 February 2024 to Monday, 25 March 2024
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Thursday, 29 February 2024 - 5:00pm

​Art Axcess Gallery is honored to announce “Shadows of Us,” a powerful and timely group exhibition, opening during Frieze Los Angeles Art Week. Curated by Lia Snisarenko, it showcases the works of emerging Ukrainian female artists Inna Kharchuk, Anna Veriki, Iryna Maksymo-va, and Liza Zhdanova. The start of the show, coincides with the second anniversary of the full-scale Russian military invasion of Ukraine. In the context of conflict, this exhibition explores both individual and shared experiences, offering insights into the country’s path of enduring hardship and resilience.

The artists explore themes deeply rooted in history and nostalgia, engaging with the past not just as a memory but as a vital part of their present narrative. The artworks embody a response to recent hardships, offering a visual dialogue that bridges the gap between Ukraine’s turbulent history and its contemporary reality. These pieces resonate with the collective memory of a nation, echoing the sentiments of loss, strength, and enduring hope.

In the face of economic challenges, the artists express a compelling inclination toward personal indulgences. Their works celebrate life’s simple joys and pleasures, showcasing the human spirit’s unyielding capacity for finding beauty and solace amidst adversity. This theme underscores the importance of personal joy and self-expression in challenging times, offering a counterpoint to the narrative of struggle.

Inna Kharchuk’s pieces resonate with the powerful motif of motherhood, portraying the complex yet joyful task of raising children in extraordinary circumstances, underscoring the role of women as both nurturers and pillars of hope. Anna Veriki’s paintings explore the longing for freedom and the dynamic shifts of a society striving for peace and sovereignty. Liza Zhdanovacon fronts the stark realities of war, offering a contemplative space for viewers to engage with the intricate fabric of conflict and its lasting effects onthe human spirit. Meanwhile, Iryna Maksymova’s works are a testament to authenticity and individuality, unearthing the layers of self through personal stories and emotions.

Moreover, “Shadows of Us” addresses the theme of generational trauma, exploring the long-term effects of conflict and upheaval on individuals and communities. The artists’ works are poignant narratives that weave together the past and present, shedding light on how historical events shape the experiences of future generations. “Shadows of Us” offers a powerful and deeply human perspective on contemporary life and art in Ukraine. It invites viewers to engage with the narratives of resilience, transformation, and the indomitable human spirit, as expressed through the unique voices of these talented Ukrainian artists.

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465 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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