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Mykola Ridnyi

Grant holder in Stockholm 1 - 31 March 2017
Mykola Ridnyi was born in 1985 in Kharkiv, Ukraine where he currently lives and works. He graduated in 2008 from the National Academy of Design and Arts in Kharkiv, where he studied in the sculpture department.
Since 2005, he has been a founding member of the SOSka group, an art collective based in Kharkiv. The same year he co-founded the SOSka gallery-lab, an artist-run-space in an abandon house in the centre of Kharkiv. Under Ridnyi’s direction, the gallery-lab was instrumental in developing the artistic scene in the region before it closed in 2012.
The current focus of Ridnyi’s artistic practice lies in site-specific installations, short films and photographic series reflecting a social and political reality through research into people’s individual stories and reflection on collective histories.
Recent solo exhibitions include: “Forecast for Yesterday”, Blockhaus DY10, Nantes, France (2016); “Under Suspicion”, Edel Assanti, London, Great Britain (2016); “Shelter”, Visual Culture Research Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine (2014); “Labor Circle”, Project Room of CCA Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, Poland (2012).
Ridnyi’s works have been shown in group exhibitions including: “Photography Today: Distant Realities”, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany (2016); “Politics of Form”, GfZK – Museum for Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany (2015); “The School of Kyiv”, Kyiv Biennial 2015; “All the World’s Futures”, 56th Venice Biennale for Contemporary Art, Italy (2015); “Lest the Two Seas Meet”, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2015); “Through Maydan and Beyond”, Architekturzentrum Wien, Vienna, Austria  (2014); “The Ukrainians”, DAAD Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2014); “Ten Thousand Wiles and Hundred Thousand Tricks”, Institute of African Studies, Moscow, Russia (2014); “Global Activism”, Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany (2013); “The Monument to a Monument”, National Pavilion of Ukraine, 55th Venice Biennale for Contemporary Art, Italy (2013); “Ukrainian News”, CCA Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, Poland (2013); “The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds after 1989”, Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany (2011).
Ridnyi has also curated a number of international group exhibitions in Ukraine. The exhibition “The New History” at the State Museum of Art in Kharkiv (2009), co-curated with the SOSka group, was censored and consequently banned by the direction of the museum. His most recent curatorial project, “After the Victory” at the CCA Yermilov Centre in Kharkiv (2014), explored speculations on history in connection with the latest political events in Ukraine.

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