Dyachenko Marta

Flying Island
Flying Island 386х720х560 cm, metal, concrete, ceramics, silk screen printing on PVC. 2020, created with the support of Adamovskiy Foundation
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M17 Sculpture Prize 2020 Selection Jury honorary mention, based on the discussions of the implemented projects.

Author about the concept of the project shortlisted for the M17 Sculpture Prize:

“The landscapes in the surrounding environment are in constant motion. They are shifted, constructed, destroyed. Some ideas remain unfinished – they remain as fragments. Our environment has an impact on our perception of space and the world.

My childhood memories are dominated by infrastructures like post-war high-ways that connect ‘dormitory’ suburbs with downtown Kyiv as well as semi-destroyed structures of the ’90s and the early 2000s, such as abandoned swimming pools, tunnels and houses. Crumbling concrete with the rebar getting visible and chipped off tiles, exposing bare walls – these are the examples of the ‘destructive’ state of space which offer unintended insight into the construction methods of these buildings. It was this condition that influenced my vision and perception of space during my studies in Berlin.

Since then, I have focused on the perception of building elements, infrastructure and other objects and complexes of various anthropogenic landscapes in my creative work. I compare infrastructure elements in space with the ruins and pavilions in the English landscape garden system, where the object (pavilion) and the environment together form a consolidated view of the landscape.

In my work for the Prize, I combined elements of landscapes from the memories of my childhood (the beginning of my understanding of the space around) with infrastructural elements of the landscape from Berlin and the Port of Rotterdam. Thus, a new fictive landscape was formed, which incorporated the state of destruction with the state of ‘newly constructed’.

As the base, the composition contains a welded metal structure that supports the elevated fragment of the landscape (a kind of ‘Flying Island’ arising from my childhood memories and associations) as well as the orange paper ribbon with a print of the industrial zone by the Port of Rotterdam. The composition is supplemented by ceramic and concrete elements situated on the floor as a reminder of the unexecuted objects from the ‘Grand Plan’.”

Marianne Wagner, an expert of the Selection Jury of the Prize, comments on the project:

Marta Dyachenko brought up the city, the environment and the landscape thing really convincingly, discussing questions of perception in a very contemporary manner. The idea of bringing together different fragments of buildings, structures and visions is taking up subjects of commemoration and history in an open and critical way. The mentioned references of the artist’s roots (cities of Kyiv, Rotterdam and Berlin) seem to be too personal, but the work has the potential to open a more general way to touch common grounds beyond these individual roots.

M17 Sculpture Prize 2020

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Dyachenko Marta
Date of birth: 1990
Place of residence: Kyiv / Berlin


From 2009 to 2019, Marta studied at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), first earning her degree in architecture, then gaining a Meister in fine arts (Manfred Pernice’s class). In the summer of 2015 (Mariupol and Kyiv, Ukraine), she took a residency program Architecture Ukraine of the IZOLYATSIA platform, and in 2016 (Berlin, Germany) – a study program Anthropocene Campus: The Technosphere Issue initiated by Haus der Kulturen der Welt (“House of the World’s Cultures”) and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

Сreative pursuits

In her creative work, the artist focuses on the perception of building elements, infrastructures and other objects and complexes of various anthropogenic landscapes.

Selected group exhibitions:


M17 Sculpture Prize: Roots and Pollen, an exhibition with works by the nominees for the M17 Sculpture Prize 2020 professional award for sculptors at the M17 Contemporary Art Center. Kyiv, Ukraine


i am Ellen at after the butcher exhibition space for contemporary art & social issues. Berlin, Germany
Remstal Gartenschau 2019, an open-air exhibition in the 80-kilometre zone. Freiheit für Mögglingen project (Freedom for Mögglingen) in collaboration with the Brandlhuber+ studio of German architect Arno Brandlhuber. Berlin, Germany
– transmediale 2019 “Study Circles”, an annual festival for art and digital culture. OFFSHORE project. Berlin, Germany


– Den Grænseløse Festival. Birder project, together with Anton Peitersen, Dargelos Kersten. Ebeltoft, Denmark
Kolonien II, a summer residence in the territory of the garden association Sommerhuskolonien ABC. Rødovre, Denmark
UEC (Urban Entertainment Center) in the building of the Kudamm-Karree-Hochhaus complex. Berlin, Germany


– Max Taut Prize, an architecture awards programme of the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). Berlin, Germany


AGKF (Arbeitsgruppe Kulturforum) in the Kulturforum complex of cultural buildings. Berlin, Germany


AU pop-up exhibition within the program of residencies Architecture Ukraine of the IZOLYATSIA platform, as part of the team wot tak. Mariupol, Ukraine
Herum und herum (Around and Around), a joint project of Ukrainian and German artists at the center of südost Europa Kultur e.V. organization. Berlin, Germany
Aqua Concrete at the Sports and Recreation Center (SEZ). Berlin, Germany
Wankende Grenze (Shaky Borders) at Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (Heinrich Böll Foundation). Berlin, Germany

From the portfolio, selected:

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