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The PinchukArtCentre opens new room, Pastime Paradise by Christina Solomukha being the first exhibition to be held therein April 12th 2008

PinchukArtCentre has opened a new space, the Project Room, to place on show pieces made by young Ukrainian and foreign artists especially for display at the PinchukArtCentre. The first exhibition in the Project Room is “Pastime Paradise” by Christina Solomukha, which is on the view from April 11 through May 11, on the 5th floor of PinchukArtCentre.

With her first solo exhibition in Ukraine Christina Solomukha presents a series of new pieces, including installations DiscoBaba, ReadyMade, DogHouse, and Sunrise. The young artist combines model, water-color, installation, and sculpture to manifest her humoristic treatment of architecture that reflects ideological and utopian contradictions, as well as the controversial urbanist space.

Absorbing the reality through her experience and memory, Christina creates her own landscape, a sort of mix of aesthetic pop-post and kitsch made of her reminiscences of Ukraine and new sensations. Blending the controversial reality with shape, for example, embroidery with a customs van in Odessa, or a snowman with mirror-like balls she revivifies our everyday environment steering clear of whatever stereotypes. Christina Solomukha, the Ukrainian artist who lives in France, has created her bitter-sweet world full of irony and nostalgia to show the viewers into unique creative images. Humor, exaggeration, and hybridization are the main tools to lift the reality to appropriate level in order to find in its shortcomings possible ways for new utopias.

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Kristina Solomoukha
Pastime Paradise