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UNEXPECTED
an exhibition of Zhanna Kadyrova at the Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague (Czech Republic)

February 29 - June 30, 2024

UNEXPECTED  an exhibition of Zhanna Kadyrova at the Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague (Czech Republic)

On February 28 in Prague (Czech Republic), Ukrainian artist Zhanna Kadyrova presented her exhibition UNEXPECTED in the Galerie Rudolfinum in partnership with the PinchukArtCentre.
The exhibition is conceived by Björn Geldhof, Zhanna Kadyrova, and Silvia Van Espen, and curated by Björn Geldhof with the assistance of Eva Drexlerová.
On 24 February 2022, the world changed for all Ukrainians. War ravages the land, Ukrainians have become refugees in their own country, many have left for abroad. Unexpectedly, Zhanna Kadyrova’s reality also changed. She became a refugee, and making art as before made little sense. Confronted with a sense of uselessness, finding refuge in Berezovo, a small village in the Carpathian Mountains, she looks for answers. How can she be an artist when her country is being brutally invaded? What is her role? How can she help? For Kadyrova, the only possible way forward is to speak about life, culture and war in Ukraine today.
Throughout this exhibition, Kadyrova empowers objects and materials to tell the story of Ukraine’s fight for freedom from Russia. They become the voice of so many Ukrainians who remain voiceless in this violent war. The exhibition starts with a horizon of Shots (2022–2023), a set of tiles fractured by the impact of a gunshot, paired with Harmless War (2023), a series of white-painted geometrical forms made from metal sheets that have been pierced by shrapnel during the full-scale invasion in Ukraine. The exhibition also takes us through the deeply personal journey of Kadyrova since 2014 till today.

UNEXPECTED  an exhibition of Zhanna Kadyrova at the Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague (Czech Republic)
UNEXPECTED  an exhibition of Zhanna Kadyrova at the Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague (Czech Republic)

Zhanna Kadyrova: UNEXPECTED, Installation View, Shots (2022—2023) & from the Harmless War series (2023)

UNEXPECTED  an exhibition of Zhanna Kadyrova at the Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague (Czech Republic)

Zhanna Kadyrova: UNEXPECTED, Installation View, from the Data Extraction series (2023)

UNEXPECTED  an exhibition of Zhanna Kadyrova at the Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague (Czech Republic)
UNEXPECTED  an exhibition of Zhanna Kadyrova at the Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague (Czech Republic)
UNEXPECTED  an exhibition of Zhanna Kadyrova at the Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague (Czech Republic)

Zhanna Kadyrova: UNEXPECTED, Installation View, Paljanica (2022), Burger (2022) a Coca Cola (2022)

UNEXPECTED  an exhibition of Zhanna Kadyrova at the Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague (Czech Republic)

Zhanna Kadyrova: UNEXPECTED, Installation View, Russian Rocket (2022–2023)

UNEXPECTED  an exhibition of Zhanna Kadyrova at the Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague (Czech Republic)

Zhanna Kadyrova: UNEXPECTED, Installation View, INCOMPLETE LIST OF THE CULTURAL HERITAGE OBJECTS AND SITES, WHICH WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED BECAUSE OF RUSSIAN AGGRESSION STARTING FROM 8 MARCH 2022 TILL 31 DECEMBER 2023

UNEXPECTED  an exhibition of Zhanna Kadyrova at the Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague (Czech Republic)
UNEXPECTED  an exhibition of Zhanna Kadyrova at the Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague (Czech Republic)

Zhanna Kadyrova: UNEXPECTED, Installation View, Untitled (Ukraine) (2014–2024)

As a symbolic closing of the exhibition, Refugees (2023) depicts images of plants surviving the occupation alongside living plants that have travelled together with Kadyrova from Ukraine to Germany and now to Prague, remaining safe and well cared for, and finding temporary shelter in the Galerie Rudolfinum.

UNEXPECTED  an exhibition of Zhanna Kadyrova at the Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague (Czech Republic)
UNEXPECTED  an exhibition of Zhanna Kadyrova at the Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague (Czech Republic)
UNEXPECTED  an exhibition of Zhanna Kadyrova at the Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague (Czech Republic)
UNEXPECTED  an exhibition of Zhanna Kadyrova at the Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague (Czech Republic)
UNEXPECTED  an exhibition of Zhanna Kadyrova at the Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague (Czech Republic)
UNEXPECTED  an exhibition of Zhanna Kadyrova at the Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague (Czech Republic)

Zhanna Kadyrova: UNEXPECTED, Installation View, Refugees (2022–2024)

The exhibition will run from February 29 to June 30 at the Galerie Rudolfinum, Alsovo nabrezi 12, 11000 Prague, Czech Republic.

Photographs provided by © Galerie Rudolfinum, photography Ondřej Polák