Oksana Briukhovetska, born and lives in Ukraine. She works with topics of memory, social and gender trauma, touching on social topics through the study of personal experience. Her work addresses the issues of war in Ukraine, Ukrainian labor migration, the realities of motherhood, femininity. Her research practice often includes interviews and conversations, while utilizing a wide range of mediums: drawing, painting, textile, writing, public installation, and interventions into urban spaces. She also work as a graphic design. For nearly a decade she worked as a curator at the Visual Culture Research Center in Kyiv, where her main intention was to give voice to women artists. She continues to research feminist art in both Eastern and Western Europe and is co-editor of the book collection of interviews, published in Ukrainian and English: The Right to Truth: Conversations on Art and Feminism (VCRC, 2019). Among others, she has also collaborated with the Warsaw Museum of Modern Art, European Alternatives, and Political Critique, Poland. In recent years she lives in the US, where she has been researching and writing a book, which aims to present to a Ukrainian audience a more critical discussion of race and anti-racist struggle. She has interviewed over 20 people from different US cities talking about the Black Lives Matter movement. She is currently an MFA student at Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan.
Exhibitions and Projects:
2022: I have a crisis for you… Women Artists of Ukraine Respond to War. Exhibition, Lane Hall Gallery, University of Michigan, USA. Artist.
Biennale Zielona Góra, Poland. Artist.
Sleepless in Warsaw. Exhibition. A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn NY, USA. Artist.
Today dreams smell of heat. Exhibition in Czapski Palace, Warsaw, Poland. Artist.
Michigan Emerging Artists Exhibition. The Alluvium Gallery, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI, USA. Artist.
Ukrainian Sisters. Exhibition, Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan, USA. Curator.
2021: Ukraine. A Different Angle on Neighbourhood. Exhibition, International Cultural Center, Krakow, Poland. Artist
Racism Doesn’t Make Sense. Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan, USA. Artist.
Secondary Archive. Platform for women artists from Central and Eastern Europe coordinated by Katarzyna Kozyra Foundation, Poland; Artsvit gallery, Dnipro, Ukraine. Co-curator of Ukrainian program.
2020-22: Black Lives Matter Voices. Collecting interviews with BLM participants in the US. Editor, Translator.
2020: New Orleans Quarantine Diary. New Orleans, US. Artist.
2019: The Right to Truth. Conversations on Art and Feminism.
Visual Culture Research Center (Kyiv, Ukraine) and European Alternatives (Paris, France). Co-editor.
My 90s. Solo exhibition at home. Kyiv, Ukraine. Artist.
Self-Destruction and Self-Care. Exhibition at home. Kyiv, Ukraine. Artist.
2018: Neighbors. Exhibition. Warsaw Under Construction X Festival, former Cepelia Pavilion, Warsaw, Poland. Co-curator, Artist.
I am Ukrainka. Poster campaign. In the frame of Warsaw Under Construction X Festival. In collaboration with Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland. Curator, Designer, Artist.
Aleka Polis. Rosa Rotes. Performative action near Ministry of Labor, Social Policy and Family. Warsaw, Poland. Participant.
Erotic Diary. Grassroot art book. Kyiv, Ukraine. Artist, Co-editor.
Women about Women. Exhibition. Assortment Room, Promprylad. Renovation. Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. Co-curator, Lecturer.
2017: TEXTUS. Embroidery, Textile, Feminism. Exhibition. Visual Culture Research Center, Kyiv, Ukraine. Curator, Artist, Designer, Editor of the catalog.
Do or Die. Exhibition. Local_30, Warsaw, Poland. Artist.
Women’s Texts. Exhibition. TRANSEUROPA Festival, Casa del Reloj, Madrid, Spain. Parallel program of International Kyiv Biennial, 2017. Curator, Artist.
5th Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art. Odessa, Ukraine. Artist.
2016: Visit From Ghosts. Exhibition. Visual Culture Research Center, Kyiv, Ukraine. Artist.
2015: Motherhood. Exhibition. Visual Culture Research Center, Kyiv, and Palace of Art, Lviv, Ukraine. Curator, Artist, Designer, Editor of the catalog.
What in Me is Feminine? Ukrainian-Polish exhibition. Visual Culture Research Center, Kyiv, Ukraine. Curator, Artist, Designer.
2014: Lockout exhibition. Visual Culture Research Center, Kyiv, Ukraine.
Co-curator, Artist, Designer.
Feminist (Art) Critique. Exhibition. Gender Route, Minsk, Belarus. Artist.
2013: Draftsmen’s Congress. Visual Culture Research Center and National Museum of Art, Kyiv, Ukraine. Participant.
Feminist Pencil II. Exhibition. «MediaUdar» Festival. Parallel program of 5th Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia. Artist.
2012: Ukrainian Body. Exhibition. Visual Culture Research Center of the University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Kyiv, Ukraine. Co-curator, Artist, Designer.
The Women’s Work Unit. Exhibition. Feminist Ofenzyva, Visual Culture Research Center of the University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Kyiv, Ukraine.
Book Lunch II. Exhibition. Book Arsenal Festival, Kyiv, Ukraine. Artist.
2011: Childhood Uncensored. Exhibition. Visual Culture Research Center of the University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Kyiv, Ukraine. Co-curator, Artist.
Book for Children. Solo exhibition in the public space of apartment house. In collaboration with “Svidomo” public organization, Kyiv, Ukraine. Artist.
2008: Book Lunch. Exhibition. Center for Contemporary Art, Kyiv, Ukraine.
2004: Calligraphy. Solo exhibition. Cinema Club of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv, Ukraine. Artist.
2003: Nude. Exhibition. Gallery of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv, Ukraine.
2002: Big Graphic. Exhibition. Gallery of Kyiv-Mohyla academy, Kyiv, Ukraine. Curator, Artist.
1996: Marko the Hellish. Street performance. Kyiv Experimental Theater, Kyiv, Ukraine. Costumes and Scenery.
2021: About Natalia Bazilevich, artist of the 1990s. YourArt.
Drawn in White on Black. Blaskness of Dian Edison’s drawings put light on some stereotypes that tied with non-universal truths. YourArt.
2020: “Motherhood” Exhibition. Landscape as a monument. Curatorial Handbook. Edited by O. Pohrebniak, D.Chepurnyi, K.Yakovlenko. Kyiv: Izolyatsia. Platform for Cultural Initiatives. 2020.
What Do We Want? Justice! When Do We Want It? Now! (Part II) Black Lives Matter participants sharing their thoughts. Suspilne.
What Do We Want? Justice! When Do We Want It? Now! (Part I) Black Lives Matter protests in the USA. LB.
Name, Life and Body: American Notes around Black Lives Matter 2020 Political Critique Ukraine.
We Can’t Breathe! YourArt
In the Future and the Past Simultaneously. Noga #1, 2020.
2019: The Right to Truth. Conversations on Art and Feminism. Edited by Oksana Briukhovetska and Lesia Kulchynska. VCRC and European Alternatives, Kyiv: AVANTPOST-PRIM House. 2019.
Mikhail Koptiev’s Genital Panic YourArt.
Oksana Briukhovetska about the “Right to Truth”, Feminism and Motherhood YourArt.
Looking Behind the Scenes. Metamorphoses and Reflections Political Critique Ukraine.
2018: “I am a Ukrainka”: Poster Campaign Calling for Feflection on the Status of Women Migrant Workers Ukrainian Pravda.
Sex in “Hetero” Style: From the 1990s to the Present Gender in Details.
Spoiled “Fresh Meat”: Field Research on Ukrainian Sexism Ukrainian Pravda.
2017: TEXTUS. Catalog of the TEXTUS. Embroidery, Textile, Feminism Exhibition. VCRC, Kyiv: AVANTPOST-PRIM House. 2017.
The Image of the Victim and Emancipation. Essay on the Ukrainian Art Scene and Feminism Prostory.
Venuses Gender in Details.
Intimacy in Minor Political Critique Ukraine.
2016: Eat My Body Korydor.
2015: Women and Her Body Political Critique Ukraine.
Meet Me: About What in Me is Feminine? Exhibition ArtUkraine.
Ex-Machina Postwomen Political Critique Ukraine.
Gender Roles: Training of the Bodies Korydor.
Oksana Briukhovetska: It is Time for Our Society to Overcome Prejudices Against Feminism Insider.
2014: Workers in front of the Closed Door Izin.
2010: Ukrainian Body. Homeless People and Children Prostory.
The Right to Truth. Conversations on Art and Feminism. Edited by Oksana Briukhovetska and Lesia Kulchynska. VCRC and European Alternatives, Kyiv: AVANTPOST-PRIM House. 2019.
I am Ukrainka Political Critique.
TEXTUS. Catalog of the TEXTUS. Embroidery, Textile, Feminism Exhibition.
Kyiv: AVANTPOST-PRIM House. 2017.
What in Me is Feminist? n.paradoxa. Vol 38. 2016.
What in me is Feminine? Political Critique.
Briukhovetska: Social insecurity and hopelessness were symbols of the post USSR region Political Critique.
Lockout – Oksana Briukhovetska about the exhibition Political Critique.
Why I Showed Hard Up Ukrainian Women in Poland and How It’s Connected with Feminism Update.
One, Two, Dance… Gender Studies, No. 23 (1/2018). Edited by Irina Zherebkina: Kharkiv Center for Gender Studies Research.
Biennale in Faces Officiel.
Everyday Life as a Battlefield Political Critique Ukraine.
Contemporary Artist’s Wife Values Freedom of Creativity ArtUkraine.
Feminist Pencil: At the Dividing Line ArtUkraine.
For as long as I can remember, I was afraid of war Political Critique.
I’m Ukrainian, you can’t see me A2.
Wita Grunitsch. Geleitworte für N. / Prostory #6, 2013.
2017: Tandem Ukraine-2017 Cultural Collaboration Program, Kyiv, Ukraine ‒ Paris, France.
tranzit.cz. residency, Prague, Czech Republic.
2016: Arts Residency of Prague Civil Society Centre, Prague, Czech Republic.
2013: Political Critique residency, Warsaw, Poland.
2021 – 2023: MFA, Stamps School Of Art & Design, Univercity of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
1997–2003: National Academy of Visual Arts and Architecture, Kyiv, Ukraine. Graduated from the Department of Graphic and Book Illustrations.
1996-1997: Classes of Drawing at Art Studio of Sculptor Mykola Rapai, Kyiv, Ukraine.
1989–1994: Lviv School of Applied Art, Lviv, Ukraine. Graduated from the Department of Artistic Ceramics.
2022: The Igor Zabel Award Grant for Culture and Theory.