The long-awaited exhibition of Yuri Shapoval’s social satire is being held at the Kyiv Museum. The Poltava artist will present the works he has been working on for the last three years. The leading theme of Yuri Shapoval’s art series is the formation of democracy in Ukraine and the process of forming political consciousness. The series, in which Yuri Shapoval re-actualized the image of the poet Taras Shevchenko as an active participant in the protests in Ukraine in 2014-2015, brought the artist popularity and became an international meme. The artist works with the traditional tools of Impressionism, and the plots of his paintings are an instant reflection of social and
political processes. Yuri Shapoval emphasizes stereotypes of thinking that lead to logical errors or paradoxical choices. Domestic jokes that contain the potential of the Ukrainian meme have much more political than it seems at first glance. The text that became viral became a meme. From a cultural point of view, such popularity is an indicator
viability of the idea. Dialogue like:
– What’s up?
– Yes, how! Both right and left!
is an example of the tone of a typical mass joke. It’s a quick and easy gag. However, there is a reluctance to problematize or analyze the answer. Shapoval’s plots are typically recognizable. They record the same irony of everyday life, under which they hide the need to take responsibility for actions and answers. This is an appeal to those protection systems that turn political activity into a meme in order to avoid the trauma of reality. On the one hand, the opportunity to jointly organize the public life of the country, citizens owe thousands of lives of activists / ok, soldiers / ok, volunteers / ok. On the other hand – the space itself
political action and thought competes with entertainment media content from the very beginning of Ukraine’s independence. In Shapoval’s clear examples, there is a direct connection with cultural codes that transform the political into the satirical, and
on the contrary, it is satirical and political. Yuri Shapoval was born in 1984 in Poltava, where he lives and works now. The artist works with
painting and graphics, turns to social satire and everyday stories. Shapoval’s practices are devoted to reflecting the typical for Ukrainian mass culture ways to deal with traumatic issues with humor.
Address of the exhibition: IEC “Museum of Kyiv”, Kyiv, st. B. Khmelnytsky, 7.
Entrance ticket price: ₴
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