Marina Talutto / Smoke / Artistic residency organised as part of the Polish-Ukrainian co-operation scheme for Ukrainian refugee female artists and their families
Artistic residency organised as part of the Polish-Ukrainian
co-operation scheme for Ukrainian refugee female artists and their families
Curated by Weronika Teplicka
5.05.2022 / 5 p.m.
6.05 – 11.05.2022
Centre for Creative Activities in Ustka / Zaruskiego 1a
My project tells a personal story that affected me, my family and my fellow countrymen.
It’s a story of a forced flight from Ukraine because of the devastating military actions of the russian army in my country.
Smoke is a consequence of attacks by enemy forces with rockers and missiles.
Smoke is a war.
Smoke is a fear.
Smoke is unknown.
Smoke is pain, suffering, and death.
Large planes with the image of smoke seem to freeze in motion. Behind the smoke is the uncertainty of despair and pain. The black-and-whiteness of planes appeals to the uncertainty of the future—to the uncertainty of one’s own existence. Forced move to another country for the sake of a child is the other side of the smoke.
On the opposite side on it, when the smoke dissipates, one can see the total destruction of their own land and home. And this is a great fear. Smoke testifies of a committed crime.
The impression of escaping from Ukraine will forever be remembered.
When I was creating the works, my 5-year-old daughter joined me, and also created her own drawing of her escape impression.
A large installation of fireclay reflects my vision of my homeland, through the prism of mine and my daughter’s vision of fear. Cracked planes with military hedgehogs appeal to be devastating feeling of fear and pain for my family and for my homeland. (Marina Talutto)
Marina Talutto was born in Kiev in 1982. She graduated from Taras Shevchenko State Art Secondary School and the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in Kiev (Ukraine). In 2010 she received the Gaude Polonia scholarship of the Minister of Culture. She took part in the project “Premonion: Ukrainian Art Now” at the Saatchi Gallery (London). She has participated in many exhibitions and art projects in Ukraine and abroad.
Photos / Krzysztof Tomasik