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Swimming Was Not Allowed in the Plant’s Aquatorium

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On September 23rd, 2021, M17 CAC starts a new exhibition Swimming Wasn’t Allowed in the Plant’s Aquatorium under the curatorship of Zhanna Kadyrova and Maya Kolesnik

It is the first large presentation of the works by those artists who have worked on the territory of the former Odesa Shipyard SRZ-2 in recent years, turning it into a unique cultural cluster and transmedial laboratory.

In just a few years, the private complex of SRZ-2 has become a symbiosis of sculpture, painting, silk-screen and music studios, engineering workshops and an atelier. The conditions that made this organic synthesis and dialogue of arts possible are exceptional to the contemporary Ukrainian art history.

The exhibition examines the phenomenon of the emergence of the self-organized creative community, conditions and modalities of consolidation, and, in particular, the space itself as a basic condition: an abandoned ship repair plant in the historic centre of Odesa, which is threatened to be demolished today due to the coastline development projects priorities. Drawing on the experience of the SRZ-2 art cluster, ​the project raises issues of the precarious situation of the artist in society and the opportunities for artists to realize and develop their full potential.

The exhibition includes works by such artists as Eugenia Volno, Vasya Dmytryk, Maxim Zatsarinniy, Zhanna Kadyrova, Pavlo Klymenko, Commercialpublicart, Nataliia Kushnir, Nataliia Marynenko, MNPL, Denis Ruban, Ereh Saw, Mykyta Tyshchenko, Dariia Chechushkova, Kseniia Shcherbakova and other.

It also presents artefacts and other evidence of the plant’s past life, archival materials and documentation of its transformation.

Curators: Zhanna Kadyrova, Maya Kolesnik

The exhibition is open: from September 23rd to October 24th, 2021
Official opening: September 23rd at 7 p.m.
Opening hours: Tuesday — Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Address: M17 Contemporary Art Center, 102-104, Antonovycha St., Kyiv

Entry to the opening is free of charge on the condition of advance registration!
The registration form can be found at the link

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09/28/2021 The show "Swimming Was Not Allowed in the Plant's Aquatorium" debuted at the M17 Contemporary Art Center - Marie Claire

"Swimming Was Not Allowed in the Plant's Aquatorium" is the first large-scale display of the works of artists who have recently worked on the land of the old Odesa shipyard SRZ-2, transforming it into a unique cultural cluster and transmedia laboratory.

09/28/2021 What you should know about Zhanna Kadyrova's Kyiv exhibition: "Swimming Was Not Allowed in the Plant's Aquatorium" - L’Officiel

"Swimming Was Not Allowed in the Plant's Aquatorium" is the first large-scale display of the works of artists who have recently worked on the land of the old Odesa shipyard SRZ-2, transforming it into a unique cultural cluster and transmedia laboratory.

09/30/2021 The exhibition about young people who don't have a space for their creativity, has begun in Kyiv – ICTV

The exhibition "Swimming Was Not Allowed in the Plant's Aquatorium" opened this week at the M17 Contemporary Art Center. This is the first large-scale exhibition showcasing the works of artists who have worked on the former Odesa Shipyard's site in recent years, transforming it into a cultural cluster and a transmedia laboratory.

09/31/2021 Project by Zhanna Kadyrova at the M17 Contemporary Art Center on all weekends in October – Buro 24/7

"Swimming Was Not Allowed in the Plant's Aquatorium", a curatorial project by artist Zhanna Kadyrova, is on display at the M17 Contemporary Art Center through October 24.

09/30/2021 M17 Contemporary Art Center is bringing back the industrial behemoth with a large-scale show - STB

This week, the M17 Contemporary Art Center hosted a large-scale display of works by contemporary artists working on the former Odesa Shipyard site. The event's goal is to bring attention to today's Ukrainian artists while also demonstrating the change of the Soviet industry.

10/08/2021 "Swimming Was Not Allowed in the Plant's Aquatorium": large-scale exhibition in M17 - New Channel

The exhibition "Swimming Was Not Allowed in the Plant's Aquatorium" opened this week at the M17 Contemporary Art Center. This is the first large-scale exhibition showcasing the works of artists who have worked on the former Odesa Shipyard's site in recent years, transforming it into a cultural cluster and a transmedia laboratory.