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Explosions Near the Museum, 2023

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Auction has ended. 28/07/2023 19:00

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Explosions Near the Museum, 2023
Roman Khimei and Yarema Malashchuk

Ukraine Looted by Russian occupational forces between 24-26 October, the Kherson Museum of Local Lore used to house one of Southern Ukraine’s largest and oldest collections of antiquities. The museum featured more than 173000 objects, spanning seven thousand years, from Scythian gold to World War II weaponry. Two weeks before Kherson was liberated by the Ukrainians, russian occupational forces enacted a strategic theft, stripping centuries of Ukrainian history from the museum.

The sound of shellings and missile strikes was recorded during filming inside the museum on December 12, less than two kilometers away from russian-occupied territory.

Collaborating at the edge of visual art and cinema since 2013, Kyiv-based artists and filmmakers, Roman Khimei and Yarema Malashchuk graduated as cinematographers from the Institute of Screen Arts in Kyiv, Ukraine. Focusing on the role of the extra, their works engage with imperialist mythologies. They were awarded the main award of the PinchukArtCentre Prize (2020), VISIO Young Talent Acquisition Prize (2021), as well as the Grand Prix at the Young Ukrainian Artists Award (MUHi 2019). Their debut documentary “New Jerusalem” premiered at Docudays UA IFF 2020 and received the Special Mention Award at Kharkiv MeetDocs. The duo also participated in the Future Generation Art Prize 2021, a group exhibitions at Haus der Kunst, Baltic Triennial 14, M HKA, post-MoMA, HMKW Dortmund, Museum Morsbroich. Their video works are in collections of Frac Bretagne, Fondazione In Between Art Film and Seven Gravity Collection.

Yarema and Roman are members of the Prykarpattian Theater art collective which recently established the project Theater of Hopes and Expectations between Düsseldorf, Germany and Sloboda-Kukharska, Ukraine.

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