Future Generation Art Prize 2012 – Mykyta Kadan, Ukraine
Mykyta Kadan was born 1982 in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he lives and works today. In 2007 he graduated from the National Academy of Art and Architecture in Kyiv. He is a painter, graphic artist, author of objects and installations. Kadan was nominated for the PinchukArtCentre Prize in 2009 and won it in 2011. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Index Contemporary Art Centre, Stockholm (2008), the first Kyiv Biennale at Art Arsenal and at Lavra Gallery, Kyiv (both 2012). Mykyta Kadan combines intellectual reflection with continuous social engagement, using his artistic practice to act in the socio-political discussions in Ukraine. With a strong historical awareness, Kadan focuses his research on the urban transition of Kyiv, a city in continuous transformation losing its historical roots and its public spaces to commercialism. Kadan works mostly in painting and sculpture, and in his use of abstraction and modelling he references the Russian avant-garde movements from the turn of the 20th century. For the PinchukArtCentre Kadan has created a monument for the worker as a reflection on the shifting social role of the worker within the new capitalist environment in Ukraine. On the other hand the installation opens a critical discourse on the fictive heroical position that workers held in the Soviet past.