Memory of unconsciousness

Woodrow Wilson Centre, Washington DC

June 8 – October 1, 2016

On June 8, 2016 the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington hosted a personal exhibition "Memory of unconsciousness" by Victor Sydorenko, the famous Ukrainian contemporary artist, director of the Modern Art Research Institute of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine. The project is initiated by the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Centre and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, being an example of prolific cultural diplomacy between Ukraine and the United States of America.

This is the first time the Ukrainian artist presented his solo art-project at the Woodrow Wilson Centre, one of the leading analytical centers of the world.

Victor Sydorenko exhibition is held in Memorial Hall of the Centre and will last until October 2016, open to general public.

On display are photo-, video- and sculpture works from three cycles: “Millstones of Time”, “Authentification” and “Depersonalization”. The artist addresses important themes of memory and time, reconsiders attempts to get rid of totalitarian world-view to achieve a new level of social communication. The exhibition is consonant to the major issues that are being studied at the Wilson Centre, namely at the Kennan Institute that plays an important role in supporting and promoting Ukrainian cultural diplomacy.

On June 8, at the opening ceremony were present Jane Harman, the president of the Woodrow Wilson Centre and prominent American politician, and invited guests: scientists, politicians and businessmen.

Before the opening of the exhibition, at the Woodrow Wilson Centre was held discussion with the artist -Victor Sydorenko, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs - Hanna Hopko, and the director of the Kiev office of the Kennan Institute -Kateryna Smagliy.

The Project organizers express gratitude for the support of the exhibition to the Institute of strategic studies "New Ukraine" and the company “Lumier Pharma”.

Project curators: Natalia Mussienko, Natalia Shpytkovska

The Woodrow Wilson Centre, chartered by Congress as the official memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, is the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform actionable ideas for the policy community.

The Kennan Institute was founded as a division of the Woodrow Wilson International Centre with the purpose of improving American expertise and knowledge about Russia, Ukraine, and other states in the region. Through its residential scholarship programs, lecture and workshop series, and publication program, the Institute strives to attract, publicize, and integrate new research into policy

The Modern Art Research Institute of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine was founded in 2001 to carry research and exhibition activities in the field of contemporary culture (modern art, theatre and cinema).MARI initiatives aimed to create intellectual atmosphere around the phenomena of contemporary culture. The Institute takes active part in numerous Ukrainian and international exhibitions, conferences, forums, educational seminars and workshops.

The Institute of strategic studies "New Ukraine" initiates development and modernization platform of dialogue for the future organization of the new Ukraine. The Institute organizes open discussions of new strategies for civil society participation and involvement of experienced international experts, and finds ways to apply other countries' "success stories " in Ukraine. The Institute supports creation of new communications with the leading intellectual centres of the world.

Lumier Pharma LLC is a domestic manufacturer of pharmaceuticals. The company was established in 2009 in Kyiv, Ukraine. At present, the company’s product portfolio features 14 medication items. The company’s top-priority efforts are directed at the establishment and development of long-term partner relations with the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies within the framework of the import substitution policy in Ukraine aimed at the improvement of accessibility of high quality medicines for all patients.