On November 2, the inaugural edition of the Photo Kyiv international art fair opens, presenting photography as a self-sufficient medium of contemporary Ukrainian art. The programme includes a galleries section, a local and international art institutions section, an educational programme and a contest for young artists. The focus of this year is on Ukrainian photography, and the main part of the fair will be a collective exhibition of renowned local photographers under the title Ukrainian Archetype.
Photo Kyiv has the goal of presenting photography to the public at an artform in a way comparative to the European level. “We were faced with the fact that photography as a medium is practically not represented by museum institutions here in Ukraine and there are very few galleries that show and sell photographs,” managing director Ivanna Bertrant states. “Despite the fact that many people in Ukraine are fond of photography.” Participating artists include: Sergey Melnitchenko, Sergey Bratkov, Victor Marushchenko, Maxim Dondyuk, Alexander Glyadelov, Misha Pedan, Sasha Kurmaz, Alexey Chekmenev, Kirill Golovchenko and Yevgeniy Pavlov among others.
Photo Kyiv is open November 2-5, 2017 at the Complex Toronto-Kyiv in Kiev, Ukraine.