Opening of the "Burned Material" exhibition
The central part of the installation of the artist Nikita Kadan consists of two floor-to-ceiling prints on fabric, functioning as curtain room dividers. One features a photograph of the last existing avant-garde monument to the working class from the 1920s and the other a photograph of coal, the most important natural resource of the Donbas region.
The abstractness that characterises the image of coal, once the main driver of the Industrial Revolution, serves as a metaphor for failure, temporariness, and devastation. The ostensible purity of the burned material speaks of the remains, the rubble of times past, deposited layer upon layer under the earth’s surface until it eventually regains its purpose.