Living Through War: Works from Kharkiv by Bella Logachova
Contemporary Ukrainian Artis
Bella Logachova, Hleb Peremir (Bread Peace 2019) from the ARtNUO (New Ukrainian Ornaments) Series, 2019, archival print, Courtesy of the artist and Sabine Kutt Photography
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. — War is destructive to people and their cultural heritage. Living Through War: Works from Kharkiv by Bella Logachova is a reaction against the war in Ukraine. Each work gives unique insight into the perspective of an artist living through the violence and destruction of her homeland. With this exhibition, the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University (CAM) strives to bring
empathy and awareness to the war in Ukraine while supporting an artist and her country embroiled in conflict.
Living Through War is generously sponsored by KeyBank in partnership with First Niagara
Living Through War: Works from Kharkiv by Bella Logachova offers an incredibly rare opportunity to see through the eyes of a person in an active combat zone. The CAM will exhibit nineteen of Bella Logachova’s artworks from the ARtNUO (New Ukrainian Ornaments) Series, produced from 2014 through 2022, along with a video of the artist.
Combining imagery that is traditional to Ukrainian folk art along with military icons and symbols, Bella Logachova creates complex and narrative digital images. Through her intricate works, she describes
various international events including the current conflict in Ukraine starting with the 2014 Revolution of Dignity: “Each work is a documentary story told by means of ornament. War time is difficult… but we need to do something, to create new things—it’s our responsibility.”
Bella Logachova is a Ukrainian artist and photographer, born in Mariupol in 1973. She graduated from the Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Art, where she currently teaches Media Arts and is a co-founder of SOSka art group, including the Excess film group, in Kharkiv. She has exhibited her work throughout Europe and Ukraine.
Bella Logachova received wide recognition after the presentation of posters titled ARtNUO – New Ukrainian Ornaments at the IX International Triennale “4th Block” in 2015 for which she received the
Grand Prix award of the festival. The 4th Block is an association of contemporary graphic designers. “In 2014, when the war in Ukraine started, I began the ARtNUO series…as the war only escalates, this series is still ongoing.”
This exhibition will be co-curated with Sabine Kutt of Sabine Kutt Photography. Sabine Kutt is a photographer, art curator, choreographer, and ballet master. Born and raised in East Germany, she has resided in the United States since 2001. She curates international exhibitions and special events, and currently represents women artists, including Bella Logachova. “The natural, joyful elements of the embroidery stand in sharp contrast to the military symbols Bella Logachova inserts into her images. Her art is like news. She is one of the few artists who are able to immediately implement what she has experienced in a creative way. “
The Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center in Buffalo, an important exhibition partner, is providing project support and lending traditional Ukrainian needlework for visual reference in the exhibition. The gallery will feature a QR code that allows CAM visitors to donate directly to Dnipro’s Ukrainian Humanitarian and Medical Aid charity fund.
The Print Center, Philadelphia in partnership with the Castellani Museum, will feature a Bella Logachova work during August 2022 as part of its Windows on Latimer series. They will also offer Bella Logachova prints for sale; the artist will direct proceeds to support Ukraine. The Print Center, founded in 1915, represents printmaking and photography as vital contemporary arts, and is recognized as an international voice in print.
During a time of many global conflicts, the CAM supports creativity across borders and recognizes the deep contributions of immigrant, refugee, and BIPOC communities to the cultural fabric of the
Buffalo-Niagara region. Additional programs referencing these powerful works will be hosted during the run of the exhibition for Niagara University students, local school districts, and the general public. “Art distracts and gives strength. Art will always be against war.” – Bella Logachova
About the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University: With learning and public access at the heart of its mission, the Castellani Art Museum (CAM) is the major resource for the visual arts in Niagara County. The CAM’s permanent collection includes over 5,000 pieces of modern and contemporary art, Niagara Falls art, and
regional Folk Arts. The Museum is committed to the preservation of these artworks, along with offering exhibitions and programs that serve the campus, local communities, and tourists.