On September 15 — October 16, 2019, the US-based artist Slinko will be a new resident at IZOLYATSIA.
Slinko is a multidisciplinary artist living in New Jersey, USA. Her artistic practice is rooted in travel and research, and is informed by history and social anthropology. In her work, Slinko investigates the effects and workings of power on society and individuals. She often uses historic narratives, cultural artifacts, and political symbols to reflect her idiosyncratic, and often comically flawed perspective. Slinko works across several disciplines, and incorporates forms ranging from political satire to storyboard drawings, moving image, performance, and fieldwork research.
Slinko studied painting at Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts, graphic design at Fashion Institute of Technology, and has an MFA in Sculpture and Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University. Slinko has been awarded the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, and has been awarded residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Skowhegan, Maine), Henry Street Settlement (New York), Dar al Ma’mûn (Morocco), Bemis Contemporary Art Center (Nebraska), The Marble House Project, (Vermont), RAIR residency (Philadelphia), The Drawing Center Open Sessions (New York) and an upcoming project at Santa Fe Art Institute Labor 2020 residency.
During the residency at IZOLYATSIA, Slinko will work on project Everything Must Go. Project will take the form of a video and sound fieldwork across several flea markets and one mega market in Ukraine. The title borrows its meaning from a term used by US stores that are going out of business and need all inventory to be cleared out. Serving as a metaphor for the structural and societal clearing out in Post-Soviet Ukraine, Everything Must Go will consider national and personal identity transformations in the context of social relations affected by newly unleashed free market forces across Kiev, Lviv, Kharkiv, and Odessa. Using local flea markets and a mega market as a fieldwork for observing quotidian human drama, Everything Must Go will explore conceptions of personal and collective memory, and shared political future of Ukrainians.
On September 23, at 7PM Slinko will give an artist-talk at the IZONE Creative Community, vul. Naberezhno-Luhova 8.
Slinko’s residency in Kyiv is made possible thanks to the support of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.