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questioning one's own identity

Antin Varga's project 89 Days of Winter, Lviv
Yevgen Samborsky, Selfportrait
mixed media, height - 180 cm
Yevgen Samborsky, Component of presence

Artist's text on the project:


The performative installation consisted from my personal belongings that were stored in the gallery space for the whole exhibition period form 21.06.2013 until 28.07.2013. I could only keep the stuff I wore and the ones I could carry in my backpack. I visited gallery regularly to change and documented every visit with a camera. The documentation complemented the display on a daily basis. 

worn-out clothes of Stanislav Turina
triptych, acrylic on canvas, 90x80 cm each part
Natasha Shevchenko, From the Transport series
triptych, acrylic on canvas, 80x60 cm each part
Yevgen Samborsky, Velvet Nothing
mixed media

It sometimes happens that one wants to explain a certain thought to people but fails to formulate it. Words are searched for, but they are like senseless sounds, like empty bubbles from comic strips, it is as if words are lacking. It happens so, does it not? It is here that art becomes a way of communication, art with its means can substitute for the hours of empty conversations and explanations. It is not worthwhile to expatiate, it is time to work. 

Evgeny Samborsky’s exhibition “Velvet Nothing” is just an example of how the human being attempts to sort out his feelings and the surrounding world, testing it in motion, without superfluous words, without asking or believing answers, but learning it through own experience. Articles presented at the exhibition are an attempt to fully show how much happens around us and how wide the range of choice is in modern world. “Velvet Nothing” is the matter which turns out new to us, and everyone can delve into it and sense its influence. Is it dangerous or not? The answer will be known only after we are soaked through, sponge-like, with new information. And this not abstract graphomania, for if one thinks hard, such a submersion is an inseparable part of any human being. Not the motion itself during submersion is important here, but the moment when it’s clear to you that the first step is already taken.

As a known saying goes, curiosity killed the cat… but maybe, it didn’t. And maybe, not the cat alone? Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

performance, kinetic installation, mixed media


The project consists of several linked parts presented in different spaces and different artistic media. The shared subject of all the parts is the physical essence of the earth. On each step of the project it is explored by the artists using the key aspects of his practice - the moment of chance and the moment of time length.


Different stages of the project were presented in following spaces:

Dzyga galley, 2011 (Lviv)

Fort Mission festival, 2011 (fortress of the First World War times, Popovychi village, Lviv region)

Detenpyla gallery, 2011 (Lviv)

Gallery Program, 2012 (Warsaw)

ZAZ festival of performance, 2012 (Tel Aviv)

M17 centre, within the Introversion show, 2013 (Kyiv)

The artist’s text to one of the project stages in Program gallery:


The time of body 


, and the one of vibration and of hanging unconscious, while being conscious of the energetic balance. The moment of expectation by chance, but not accidently.

And the body of the time. But the time it’s finished - it begins, when it starts - it ends, and starts over again. The sacral way of the Big Nothing.



Volodymyr Topiy, Sacrifice
Lublin, Poland

at the Holy World festival

Lubomyr Tymkiv, With Jesus on a fishing trip
oil on canvas
Ruslan Tremba, Student works
Ruslan Tremba, Forest. Zakarpattia style
oil on canvas