«Dot, line, possibilities»

September 11, 2020 – January 3, 2021
Art gives us a view on the world that we do not expect.

It surprises us, moves us, makes us think.

Art emancipates, it often stands by those who need it the most, giving voice and empowering minorities. It brings to mind stories that might be forgotten.

Dot, Line, Possibilities is exactly about that.

It brings stories of people who, through art, learned to express themselves. This exhibition has grown out of inspiration and courage of a new group of artists who had no public voice before. People who have found friendship, adventure and much needed ways of communication.

Since 2016, the PinchukArtCentre has been inviting artists with special developmental needs (autism, Down syndrome, mental retardation) to join the "Workshop of Possibilities". There, in collaboration with Katya Buchatska, David Chichkan, Nikita Kadan and Anna Scherbyna, a four-year-long creative journey began.

"Dot, Line, Possibilities" shares stories of those people. Some of them, several years ago, could not touch a blank sheet of paper. Then, giving it time, a dot appeared on that same sheet. And from that dot, lines, color, form and figuration grew. It grew with them, their confidence and their belief in what they can make become possible.
Artists presented at the exhibition: Anastasia Averina, Heorhii Alaverdov, Yelizaveta Bukina, Katya Buchatska, Bohdan Horda, Maria Vykhrova, Mark Volkov, Olha Zholobetska, Nazar Yonenko, Nikita Kadan, Anastasia Kravchuk, Daryna Malyuk, Yevhenia Mysik, Petro Mikhaylov, Oleksii Ovdienko, Artem Oliynyk, Oleksandr Pylypenko, Kyrylo Smereka, Pavlo Khomenko, Artem Tsarenko, Varvara Shyshlova and Anna Scherbyna.

Curators of the exhibition: Olga Shyshlova, Head of the Educational Department of the PinchukArtCentre, and Katya Вuchatska, artist.


Katya Вuchatska
artist and the curator of the exhibition
"The only thing I knew when I came to the "Workshop of Possibilities" was that I was not there to teach. Over the 4 years spent together, it has become clear who tends for what, what colour he or she chooses and what themes he or she covers. In parallel, at every session, I witness artistic solutions that impress me. We, artists of academic background, can only dream about such a frank attitude to the act of drawing"
The exhibition is an opportunity to discover the outsider art. Unconventional artistic solutions, singularity and an entirely different perspective on ordinary things incite the viewers to re-conceptualise the commonly accepted notions of the words 'artist' and 'art'.
"Outsider art has become an important part of contemporary culture since the 1970s. Works by artists of that category are found in collections of largest contemporary art museums, those are included in landmark international shows, this genre has its own market, work of outsiders is an object for explorations, and books about it are published"

Olga Shyshlova
Head of the Educational Department of the PinchukArtCentre and the curator of the exhibition
Presenting work of twenty two artists who moved from imagination to reality.
Twenty two artists who explore their personalities and their limitations.
Twenty two times an invitation to join them in their stories.
Story worth sharing.
General view of the exposition
Pavlo Khomenko. Weapons from Miyadzaki's "Princess Mononoke", 2020
Heorhii Alaverdov. My compass, 2019
Pavlo Khomenko. Weapons from Miyadzaki's "Princess Mononoke", 2020
Mark Volkov. Untitled, 2020
ID (Fragment of collective work with a drawing by Daryna Malyuk)
Olha Zholobetska. Series "Yeva the Dag Yeva the Cot", 2019
Works by Kyrylo Smereka (Rescue Tug, Twin-Hulled Ship Khadjibey, Emergency Ministry's Container Ship), 2020
Left: Varvara Shyshlova. By the Sea, 2020. Right: Heorhii Alaverdov. By the Black Sea, drawing from a frame from the video "By the Sea", 2020
Oleksii Ovdienko. Several Days Later, 2020
Daryna Malyuk. Diaries, 2016-2020
Varvara Shyshlova. Animals' Eyes: Toucan's Eye, Crocodile's Eye, Cat's Eye, Chameleon's Eye, Snail's Eye, Lizard's Eye, 2020
Oleksii Ovdienko. Series "Better born lucky. Red", 2020
Daryna Malyuk. Daryna's Pets, 2020
Fragment of the exposition
Fragment of the exposition
Yelizaveta Bukina. Bird, 2020
Oleksii Ovdienko. Landscape, 2019
Nazar Yonenko. Left: Fakty ICTV. Right: Bratyslavska Street, 2020
General view of the exposition
General view of the exposition
General view of the exposition
Daryna Malyuk. Diaries, 2016-2020
General view of the exposition
General view of the exposition
  • Anastasia Averina
    1981, Kyiv
    Graphic elements prevail in Averina's artistic practice. Her minimalistic compositions represent everyday life scenes. Averina's work shows beauty of the routine that she experiences again in the creative process.

    Has been attending the "Workshop of Possibilities" since 2018.
  • Heorhii Alaverdov
    2000, Kyiv
    Alaverdov gives no preference to a colour or to a linear structure in a work, because he uses those means with equal confidence. In his work, he relies on real events: memories about those or photographic documentation. When diving into the creative process, Alaverdov is not distracted by external irritants: his figurations are worked through down to tiniest details, and nothing would hide from his attentive eyes.

    Has been attending the "Workshop of Possibilities" since 2016.
  • Yelizaveta Bukina
    2005, Kyiv
    Bukina's artistic practice is guided exclusively by her emotional condition. By figuring her strongest impressions on paper, the artist experiences those again. Every of her few works is an accomplished presentation.

    Has been attending the "Workshop of Possibilities" since 2016.

  • Katya Buchatska
    1987, Kyiv
    Buchatska's artistic practice is focused on constructing alternative realities both in the past and in the future. In her work, the author problematises the image in a piece of art and experiments with different modes of viewer's perception.

    Has been attending the "Workshop of Possibilities" since 2016.
  • Bohdan Horda
    2008, Kyiv
    Horda's artistic practice is mainly based on graphic elements that build up his own symbolic language.

    Has been attending the "Workshop of Possibilities" since 2019.

  • Maria Vykhrova
    1991, Kyiv
    Vykhrova has a fine feeling of the colour, and to translate it in the best emotional way, she uses water colours. By generalising the shapes of surrounding objects, she brings those to the edge of abstraction.

    Has been attending the "Workshop of Possibilities" since 2017.
  • Mark Volkov
    2004, Kyiv
    In his artistic practice, Volkov gives preference to gouache, pastel and large formats. His artistic language is built upon colour. The artist is layering it, paying attention to his body's moves. Taken by the creative process, he goes beyond the plane of painting, which makes the work three-dimensional and inconceivable.

    Has been attending the "Workshop of Possibilities" since 2016.
  • Olha Zholobetska
    1998, Kyiv
    Zholobetska's artistic practice embraces numerous series – graphic works and painting where she experiments with colour and its form. The show features the artist's graphic works, but her scope of interest includes also painting. Colour and its refined combinations reign in Zholobetska's painting.

    Has been attending the "Workshop of Possibilities" since 2016.
  • Nazar Yonenko
    2008, Kyiv
    Yonenko's artistic practice is recognisable for its graphic nature and tendency for cartographic motives. The material that the artist works with is the information realm. The news reports that he continuously follows transform in his works into base maps: the metro, the streets of the city.

    Has been attending the "Workshop of Possibilities" since 2016.
  • Nikita Kadan
    1982, Kyiv
    Nikita Kadan's practice is structured around the themes of memory, archive, violence and struggle of ideologies. The artist speaks about today's appropriation of images of victims from the past and contraposes alternative histories of those who were rejected and excluded to the dominating "history of the winners". Another line in Kadan's work relates to the political dimension of the history of art. Quotes from art of the 20th century, specifically, Ukrainian avant-garde, are combined in the artist's works with photographic documents of mass terror, developing thus a multilayered and internally complex narrative about the past. In the contradictions of the past viewed in that way, one may see seeds of an uncertain future.

    Has been attending the "Workshop of Possibilities" since 2019.