About artists

Ivan Melnychuk and Oleksandr Burlaka’s practice is a critical reflection on how the architectural heritage and the urban context in the post-Soviet space are transformed in, and sometimes erased from, our collective memory. Trained as architects they question and study the role, ideology and responsibility of architects today. Ivan Melnychuk was born 1982 in Lutsk, Ukraine, currently lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine. Architect, artist, member of Melnychuk-Burlaka group, Grupa predmetiv group, Art Workers’ Self-defense Initiative. He specializes in documenting and studying of urban transformations. Oleksandr Burlaka was born 1982 in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he currently lives and works. He graduated from Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture in 2005 as a Master of architecture. Architect and artist; member of Grupa predmetiv group, Melnychuk-Burlaka group, interdisciplinary curatorial association Hudrada.

About presentation

Utopiana (www.utopiana.am) in collaboration with NɛST community center and within the frames of it’s SPACES* project is happy to invite you to meet members of Grupa predmetiv group artist and architects Ivan Melnychuk and Oleksandr Burlaka (Ukrain). The meeting will take place on 25th of October at 17:00 at THE CLUB (address: 40 Tumanyan str.) During the meeting the artists will present their practice, that is a critical reflection on how the architectural heritage and the urban context in the post-Soviet space are transformed in, and sometimes erased from, our collective memory. Trained as architects they question and study the role, ideology and responsibility of architects today. _______ *The project SPACES – Sustainable Public Areas for Culture in Eastern Countries promotes artistic and cultural activity in public spaces and the recuperation of public spaces for art, culture and the needs of citizens. The three-year project (2011-2014) is funded by the European Commission via the “Eastern Partnership Culture Programme (www.euroeastculture.eu)