A collaboration between the Firtash Foundation of the Ukraine and Saatchi Gallery, UK/RAINE presents an overview of emerging artists from both countries, chosen by a panel of eminent international experts: Johnson Chang - Co-founder Asia Art Archive, curator and Guest Professor of China Academy of Art (Hangzhou, China) and founder of Hanart TZ Gallery (Hong Kong), Nigel Hurst - Saatchi Gallery CEO, Prof. Dr. Apinan Poshyananda, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Thailand and Oleksandr Soloviov - Ukrainian author and curator.
Including some of the most imaginative new talent from the UK and Ukraine’s contemporary art scenes. The selected 30 young artists reveal shared concerns and challenges despite the very different socio-political and artistic environments in which they work. It is clear that the dynamic of the street has infused the Ukrainian artists’ work, whether graffiti, street photography, video, sculptural installations or shock-performance. Likewise for the UK artists, it is pluralism and difference that sets the tone.
With written contributions from Nigel Hurst, Oleksandr Soloviov and Nick Hackworth the works are presented in five categories: installation, new media (including video and photography), painting, sculpture and street art. Stylishly designed by Barnbrook, UK/RAINE is an exciting reflection of the contemporary art scene in both countries.