Blue Sky Catastrophe (Zhuzhalka group, Ukraine)
Exhibition from the 5th of june to the 29th of april 2016 at the villa Arson, 20 avenue Stephen Liegeard, 06000 Nice, open all the days, except tuesdays, from 2pm to 6pm (september to june) and from 2pm to 7pm (july and august), free entrance.
The exhibition "Blue Sky Catastrophe" at the villa Arson speaks about the political and also the economic situation at the east of Ukraine since several years. It is showcased inside the gallery Carrée by the collective of Ukrainian photographers Zhuzhalka (Victor Corwic, Vyacheslav Sokolov, Roman Yukhimchyuk) and it's like an echo of their two last exhibitions "Five minutes to" (17th of january / 17th of marz 2014) and "Borderlines States" (2015) produced by the Donetsk Izolyatsia fondation's. Everything begins with the creation of the Izolyatsia fondation inside the buildings of an old factory owned by the father of the chairman (Luba Michailova) during a long time. The goal of this association is to create or recreate social connections towards contemporary art. The association shelters the collective of photographers and their fanzine. The collective has organized and showcased two exhibitions : the first with sticking illegaly pictures on pipes and the second "Five minutes to" invokes a city that doesn't exist Rustville without any hope for people who leave there.
The Russian army has takentthe control of the area of Donestk in june 2014 and has forbidden the art work of the collective. The Russian propaganda who mixes the soviet values and the Russian orthodox values rejects the contemporary art. For the Russian army the contemporary art is like pornography. Like predators the Russian troups invade the fondation and steale everything they can. The Russian soldiers keep some computers and cameras for themselves and sell the other objects for making money. The members of the collective Zhuzhalka must escape to Kiev but they immediately understand that the culture isn't very important for the new leaders of Ukraine. Finally they succeed to find a place in Pilsen (Czech Republic). It's like a sign because the Czech Republic has also supported the Russian repression in 1968 and the name of that place is the hell.
The exhibition "Blue Sky Catastrophe" ended a cycle who has begun with the exhibition "Five minutes to". This exhibition denounces then ravages of the Russian colonialism in Ukraine who has raised up with Holomor (the big famine) organizes by Staline in the 1930's for killing many Ukrainians. This exhibiton has another goal. It tries to create or recreate some economic and politic connection between the Ukrainians for putting them together. The scales we can find inside the gallery Carrée can't help the spectator to go to the roof. They just speak to the imagination of the spectator and help him to feel the danger. The world is suspended and the spectator must take his head up to the roof for finding the solution. If he never does that he will never find the solution.