Her (ex)position
"A river flows inside me"

Київ | 01.06.2020-01.06.2021

Exhibition by Olena Kainska

September 8 - 29, 2020


My paintings-dreams take the observers inside, to the subconscious, to the core. Trying to find the in ner self, the observer wanders through the imaginary world, fantastic forests, filled with symbolic image s and archetypal symbols, inhabited with mysterious creatures, each of which provides a guide to the final destination – our heart. My aim is to make people happier. My paintings show the endlessness of obvious and unobvious relationships in this world with the help of mysterious storylines with the metaphysical sense. Being the guide between the worlds, I mix reality and magic in a genuine meditative form of my witchcraft. Direct asceticism of the flat surfaces, completeness, and persuasiveness of the compositions, seamless statics, graphical coding of the deep sense into the schematic images, order, and rhythm of the painting focus the observer’s attention on what is underneath.
I want to return the observers to the pure, sincere, and spontaneous experience of the outer world, which we all had in our childhood. Children observe the world as it is, directly, without thinking. My paintings are childishly simple and straightforward. They help recall the child’s state of trust and safety, the state of interest in the world around, the state of fabulousness and love. As if you are being held in hands and told a fairy tale. When we manage to recall this fundamental state and restore the feeling of trust and pureness, the world starts showing us its magnanimous side. My paintings are portals of returning to the pure child’s state of mind and to the joy of being.


"A river flows inside me. It has always been there. Its waters are quiet, respectful, prudent. Its waves roll slowly, whisper, run into each other. A quiet river carries a huge mass of water. Countless mass of water, which moves quietly in space and flows quietly where it needs to.


River of peace. The river of inner feeling. What is it like to be yourself? What is it like to live as such a person and think exactly as one thinks from the very beginning of existence? Stand and observe life from birth to death. Stand and watch the river flow, the clouds float, the leaves fall, the people come and go. Laugh and cry. Rejoice and be sad. And howl in pain sometimes. To be yourself.


One day I will bring a boat, lower it into the water, and float that great calm inner river. Where its still waters flow. I will sit in the boat and look in the direction of movement, at the horizon. And I will float quietly downstream."

My projects and exhibitions:
​17 December – 17 January 2020 – an exhibition of the results of the art residency “Zhovkva-Art-Kreminna”, Old Apothecary, Zhovkva, Ukraine
​1 – 31 December 2020 – Women Suffragists, Women Soaring Project, online exhibition, WSP Gallery
​23 November – 15 January 2020 – In Time of Corona, juried online exhibition, 118 Art Gallery
​17 – 25 November 2020 – Counter-territories, an international urban and art competition digital workshop
​8 – 16 November 2020 – Art residency “Zhovkva-Art-Kreminna”, Zhovkva monastery of Fathers Vasylians, Zhovkva, Ukraine
​28 October 2020 – Virtual naїve art museum, https://naivemuseum.in.ua/
​17 – 18 October 2020 – Sail of Adventures, VII tourist festival of songs, photo, and cinema, participant of an art exhibition, Palace of Culture, Lutsk, Ukraine
​8 – 11 October 2020 – Lviv Art Week 2020, group exhibition, FESTrepublic, Lviv, Ukraine
​1 – 18 October 2020 – One day after…, international art project, Museum-exhibition center of modern art, Kyiv History Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine
​8 – 29 September 2020 – The river inside of me, personal exhibition within the project Her (ex)position, Auction house "Korners", Kyiv, Ukraine
​19 – 24 August 2020 – V International Parajanov Festival, group exhibition, curator and participant, Suputnyk, Lviv, Ukraine
​19 – 24 August 2020 – Parajanov art residency, curator and participant, Suputnyk, Lviv, Ukraine
​15 August – 30 September 2020 – There is feminism…, group exhibition, Gender Culture Center, Kharkiv, Ukraine
​26 June – 31 July 2020 – The LOST festivals, Annual International Contemporary Arts Festival, Lacuna Festivals, Canary Islands, Spain
​4 – 30 June 2020 – International Online Painting Exhibition 2020, under Jaleswar Art Foundation, India
​2 – 28 June 2020 – Two Dots, online exhibition, NV Gallery
​22 May – 31 December 2020 – Post-COVID-19 Juried Online Art Show, Anton Art Center
​20 February – 13 March 2020 – Thin Dreams, personal project, PM Gallery, Lviv, Ukraine
​5 – 25 December 2019 – The Light Comes from The Silence, personal project, gallery Bunkermuz, Ternopil, Ukraine
​16 November 2019 – Oscar's Night, charitable Evening by Rotary Club Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine
​18 – 20 October 2019 – AirGogolFest, Vinnytsya, contemporary art festival, Crystal factory, Ukraine
​28 September – 28 October 2019 – Diffusion, the final exhibition of the art residency, Kramatorsk Museum of Art, Kramatorsk, Ukraine
​16 – 23 September 2019 – Waves of Reality or Excitation in Travneve, final exhibition on the NVAIR 2019 program, Modern Art Research Institute, Kyiv, Ukraine
​13 – 28 September 2019 – Diffusion, the final exhibition of the art residency “Diffusion”, Center of modern art by Arkhip Kuindzhi, Mariupol, Ukraine
​7 – 30 September 2019 – Diffusion, international art residency, Mariupol, Ukraine
​29 August – 30 September 2019 – Social Volume, the final exhibition of the art residency by Helikon Art Center, Kara Sanat Atolyesi Gallery, Izmit, Turkey
​18 – 30 August 2019 – Helikon Art Center, art residency, Izmit, Kocaeli, Turkey
​19 – 24 August 2019 – IV International Paradjanov Festival, group exhibition, curator and participant, Suputnik, Lviv, Ukraine
​28 June – 8 July 2019 –International Art camp of Chorna Tysa “SILVER LAND-ART 2019”, Chorna Tysa village, Ukraine
​15 June – 4 August 2019 – Narrative about Freedom, the final exhibi


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