Organized by Nina Levent, Ph.D.
June 3, 2022 – July 15, 2022
Opening – Friday June 3, 6-8 p.m.
Zinaida. Dakini. Print, 2022
Please join us for the opening reception of Women and Other Wild Creatures: Matrilineal Tales
Friday June 3, 2022, 6-8 p.m.
We welcome small groups at Sapar Contemporary, TriBeCa, 9 N Moore Street, NY, NY 10013 (near Canal St and Franklin St A, C. E, 1 subways). RSVP is appreciated via [email protected] or Facebook.
Usual gallery opening hours: Tue. – Sat., 11-5.
The woman looks up at the sky and says, “Overthrow everything.
Now, autumn follows summer, before the arrival of winter.
There’s a time for roses and a time for bitter wormwood,
a place for every beast, every grass and herb,
only I have no place of my own. And the sky answers,
“Do it yourself. You’re all alone now.
– Kateryna Babkina, March 2022
translated from Ukrainian by Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps
Sapar Contemporary is delighted to present Women and Other Wild Creatures: Matrilineal Tales, a collective exhibition (June 3 – July 15, 2022) of female artists who draw their strength from connecting with non-human nature, involving it in their healing practices and increasingly fantastical visions of human unity with nature. The exhibition includes artists from Ukraine (Zinaida, Rita Maikova, Iryna Maksymova and poet Kateryna Babkina) and Kazakhstan (Aya Shalkar and Yerke Abuova), representing the DNA of the gallery, as well as French works (Nicole Peyrafitte ) and American (Susan Coyne) artists working in the United States
The inspiration for the exhibition came from seeing intergenerational caravans of grandmothers, mothers, daughters and pets emigrating from war zones, as well as images of the destruction of nature in Ukraine: trees suffering, plants, animals of all kinds, and all steppe and wetland ecosystems – in addition to cultivated land. These images were deeply felt by the gallery whose founders have family, friends, artists and roots in Ukraine. The feeling of terror evokes the sources of strength available to women, the bonds they weave across time and space, the rituals found and reinvented in times of cataclysms. Ukrainian poet, Kateryna Babkina, contributed a poem she wrote in March 2022, which was translated into English by Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps for the exhibition. The poem opens with a line: Give me a brother who can protect me; woman seeks protector and shelter, the sky responds with the last line of the poem: Do it yourself. You are alone.
ZINAIDA (Ukraine) is a Ukrainian visual and performance artist and designer. She received her BA from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in Fine Arts and Art History, as well as a BA in Psychology from Kyiv National University. She is a member of the international Food of War community. In 2015, she was a project animator at Marina Abramovic — In Residence (Kaldor Public Art Project, Sydney, Australia). ZINAIDA’s practice evolves around the study of mythologies, national and archaic images, and their transmission through contemporary art. In her work, the artist mainly focuses on the original artwork of women as bearers of sacred knowledge. ZINAIDA has conducted research in different parts of Ukraine, including the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
Iryna Maksimova (Ukraine) is a Ukrainian figurative artist. She was born and raised in Kolomyia, a small town in western Ukraine, and now lives and works in Lviv. Maksymova’s work features colorful domestic settings with exotic creatures imbued with a magical quality, whose facial features contort in displays of distress or agony, encouraging the viewer to question the relationship between humans and animals. The script, color palette, text and characters of Maksymova’s works blend the vocabulary and techniques of street art with 20th century Ukrainian primitivism and the tradition of Ukrainian self-taught female artists.
Rita Maykova (Ukraine) is a Ukrainian figurative artist who lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine. She received her BA from Kyiv National University of Technology and Design, as well as her MA from the National Academy of Arts. Maikova has been widely exhibited in Ukraine and throughout Europe. Her work focuses on spiritual reality and meditative stillness. She sees her art as an endless dialogue between the soul and the universe. Investing heavily in mindfulness and the present, Maikova’s surreal works are full of symbolism, progressing between the conscious and unconscious mind, and inviting the viewer’s imagination.
Kateryna Babkina (Ukraine) is a Ukrainian poet, prose writer, columnist, screenwriter and playwright. She is the author of four collections of poetry (Lumières de Saint Elm, 2002, La Moutarde, 2011, Painkillers and sleeping pills, 2014, Charmed for Love, 2017, It doesn’t hurt, 2021), a novel (Sonia, 2013) , a novel in short stories (My Grandfather Danced the Best, 2019) and two collections of short stories (Lilu after you, 2008 and Happy naked people, 2016). His writings have been translated into 10 languages. His plays have been performed in Kyiv, Vienna and Geneva.
Aya Shalkar (Kazakhstan/USA) is a Kazakh conceptual multimedia artist currently based in Los Angeles. She studied visual arts at the University of Strasbourg and obtained her master’s degree in graphic design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. Shalkar’s artistic practice is rooted in her Central Asian origins and in Kazakh visual and material culture, with many of her works touching on the subject of cultural identity and gender roles. It includes the techniques of embroidery, quilting and other forms of traditional applied arts which are mainly practiced by women. His artistic universe is a place where Central Asian heritage meets science fiction and fantasy. Shalkar has been featured in Nowness, iD Magazine, Elle, Sleek and Blood.
Yerke Abuova (Kazakhstan/USA) is a Kazakh-American figurative artist, who has been painting and exhibiting her work since her teenage years. She is currently studying painting at Cornell University. Abuova works in a variety of media, but mainly focuses on oil painting, murals and sculpture. She depicts complex surreal environments that invent their own logic and create new rules of scale and color. These fantastical worlds explore themes of memory, cultural histories, ecological anxieties and Central Asian femininity. Abuova has also combined her traditional practice of oil painting with digital imagery and digitally altered forms.
Susan Coyne (USA) is an illustrator and writer who divides her time between New York and Cambridge, Massachusetts. She graduated in 2016 from the School of the Arts (SVA) with the MFA program: Illustration as Visual Essay. Her new series of paintings, Fields of Vision, explores an imaginary future in which women are the founders of a collective rural society and maintain it for centuries in harmony with nature. The series examines the rituals and habits of this society from a bird’s-eye anthropological perspective: in this imagined future (and in some sense, our real past), humans and animals cooperate, the freedom of movement is encouraged, there are no prison systems like we know them, and the seasonal changes of the earth and the body are observed and honored.
Nicole Peyrafitte (France)is a multidisciplinary artist of Pyrenean origin based in Brooklyn. While a long-time resident of New York, her work in painting, action painting, writing, film and video, music and cooking is inspired by her eclectic history and identity-forming experiences across two continents and four languages. She prioritizes her practice around the exploration of sustainability, body and mind, family, art, food, nature and health as the central focus of her work. . His performances often include food cooked live and served to the public as food, from whipped cream, pancakes and soups to full dinners. Recent encounters with health issues have refocused her work into a more intimate and private practice, which focuses on finding purpose by deepening connections with other-than-human voices like birds, water, and flowers. landscape elements. Peyrafitte’s work has been presented and/or performed at numerous venues in North America and Europe, including The Poetry Project, Bard College, The Vision Festival and Poets House, University of California San Diego, Walker Art Institute, Boise State University. , University of Naropa, Birbeck College, University of London, University of Edinburgh, University of Bordeaux, Voices of the Mediterranean Festival (Sète), San Luis Potosi Festival (Mexico) and Encuentro Internacional de Escritores in Durango (Mexico).
Nina Levent, Ph.D., is an art historian, museum expert and founding director of the SAPAR Contemporary Gallery + Incubator. Dr Levent has edited two volumes on museum practice – The Multi-sensory Museum: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Touch, Sound, Smell, Memory and Space (2011) and Food & Museum (2013) – she has written extensively on topics related to museums, and museums formed in the world. Levent was on the faculty of the New York Art Academy and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. She has created and led over 100 professional development workshops at renowned museums such as the Guggenheim, Whitney and Brooklyn Museums, the National Gallery of Art, SFMoMA, the Walker Art Center and the Museum of Fine Art in Houston. Dr. Levent’s curatorial and research interests include multisensory art, food in art and museums, figurative representations in 1930s Europe, the history of the nude, and the politics of body representation. , as well as interdisciplinary research on creativity and perception, cultural inclusion. She holds a doctorate. from Humboldt University Berlin, and was a fellow at Columbia University, the Harriman Institute, and Rutgers University, Women Studies.