SWAP – UK / Ukraine Residency Programme

Pictured: Yevgen Nikiforov, from series ‘On Republic's Monuments(2014-2019)’

Pictured: Yevgen Nikiforov, from series ‘On Republic's Monuments(2014-2019)’

We are very excited to host Yevgen Nikiforov for two weeks at the end of September- beginning of October 2019 in a partnership residency with Hospitalfield, Arbroath, as part of SWAP UK/Ukraine Residency Programme.

SWAP: UK/Ukraine residency programme was launched by the British Council in Ukraine and Liverpool Biennial in 2016. It connects artists and curators from Ukraine and the UK, supporting their professional development and internationalisation. The programme also gives artists and curators the time to research, reflect and explore the two countries’ vast artistic traditions.

In Ukraine, the British Council is working with the Yermilov Centre and the Municipal Art Gallery, from Kharkiv, the Museum of Odesa Modern Art, Lviv’s Jam Factory Art Center and Centre for Urban History, Artsvit Gallery, Kultura Medialna and DCCC from Dnipro City.

In the UK, British Council is working with Hospitalfield, Arbroath (from 2019-) and its partners across Scotland: Cove Park, Argyll; Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Aberdeenshire; The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney; Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio; Glasgow Sculpture Studios and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

Yevgen Nikiforov (b. 1986, Vasylkiv, Ukraine) is an artist based in Kyiv, Ukraine. He started professional photography practice in 2005. Since 2013 he has been working on independent documentary projects. Current projects: ‘Ukrainian Soviet Mosaics’ (2013-2019) and ‘On Republic’s Monuments’ (2014-1019). The main idea behind his photography practice is to capture the essence of the place in its transition through time and shifts influenced by economic, social or natural forces. The key subject of Nikiforov’s research is the urban environment as a main ‘battlefield’ of ideological clashes, the city as a ‘map’ of invisible tensions existing in society (-es). One of the major topics of his work for almost 4 years is the Soviet cultural heritage and architecture objects left in towns all around Ukraine and the controversial attitude towards it today. Yevgen is currently hosted by Hospitalfield and will start his residency at GSS at the end of September.

More information on SWAP – UK / Ukraine Residency Programme can be found here

You can find the list of all selected artists and curators here