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Kharkiv (from the series “Empty Pedestals”), 2022

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Auction has ended. 28/07/2023 19:00
беззвучно до глухоти $300 28/07/2023 12:09

Started On 03/07/2023 00:00 (UTC+03:00)

Lot no.101
Estimate: 500–700$ 

Kharkiv (from the series “Empty Pedestals”), 2022
Maksym Khodak
glazed ceramics, money, banknotes
130x100x80

The sculptures depict the pedestals from the so-called “monuments with tanks”, which were established around Ukraine during the Soviet times to commemorate the victory in the Second World War. The objects are made in the form of piggy banks and used for their intended purpose. The artist has selected as references for the objects the monuments from the cities with the honorary title “Hero City of Ukraine” — this status was established on 6 March 2022 by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, on the model of the Heroic City of the Soviet Union as an act of appreciation for the endurance and heroism shown during the Russian full-scale invasion.

The sculptures have already been and will be ongoingly presented in several art institutions, where visitors are invited to make donations for the needs of Ukrainian art. The call to donate is shaped by the hosting institution — it creates the design and message on the sign. With this gesture, the artist explores how art institutions respond to crises through language. This aspect complements the general leitmotif of the artwork with the question of what art is today and how it can respond to the challenges of war. All the funds collected during the presentations will remain inside the objects forever. However, all the proceeds from selling or auctioning the objects will be distributed between organisations helping Ukrainian Armed Forces.

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Maksym was born in 2001 in Bila Tserkva, Kyiv region. He studied at the 2YP Contemporary Art course at the Kyiv Academy of Media Arts. Now he continues his studies at the Kyiv National Ivan Karpenko-Karyi University of Theatre, Cinema and Television, specialising in film studies. During 2022, the artist participated in informal educational programmes such as WHW Akademija and Salzburg Summer Academy. In 2021, he received the Prince Claus Seed Award. Maksym Khodak is one of the shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2022. He lives and works in Kyiv. 

Maksym Khodak’s works address the themes of history and ways of documenting it; internet culture; and a critical view of cinema and photography. The artist’s works also respond to the current political situation around him. The optic that unites these distant themes is a critical rethinking of the existence of the Soviet legacy in the post-Soviet context of his country. The artist’s recent interest is in building a dialogue through art with his generation, as an attempt to create a new political language that will be understandable to young people.

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