GRADUAL LOSS OF VISION
Date: 15 March – 1 April 2018.
“Gradual Loss of Vision” is an exhibition of collages and drawings by Mykola Ridnyi in which he explores the mechanisms of perception of violence and warfare through the images that are circulating in the media. A loss of visual focus regarding the disputed territories and the interest of global mass media towards the conflict “frozen” for an indefinite period of time, a social blindness imposed by war propaganda that creates a contradictory perspective of the reality. Referring to the physiology of vision and its impairment, the artist draws a parallel to the blindness of the society that is exposed to the manipulation of image and passion.
Born in Kharkiv in 1985, Mykola Ridnyi lives and works in Kyiv. Having graduated from the Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts in 2008, he curated SOSka Gallery-Lab over 2005-2012. Starting 2016 he has been co-editing prostory.net.ua – an online magazine for arts, literature, translation and society. Ridnyi works across media ranging from early collective actions by SOSka group in public space to the amalgam of films, photography series and installations which constitute the current focus of his practice. His way of reflection on social and political issues draws on the connection between individual stories and collective histories, documented reality and fiction.
The works by Mykola Ridnyi were on display at the Venice Biennale, Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Museums of Contemporary Art in Leipzig and Warsaw, PinchukArtCentre and during the Docudays Documentary Festival in Kyiv.
Exhibition curator — Kate Rusetska.
The exhibition took place at Dnipro Museum of Art with the support of Civic Media Lab.