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Under the title Dew in the Sun, Olena Pronkina brings together paintings on paper and canvas as well as works in clay that were created during her scholarship period in Berlin in 2022.

Veranstaltungen in Berlin: Olena Pronkina - Dew in the Sun
© Olena Pronkina


Pronkina works figuratively. She places her figures in a world she has constructed, depicting inner realities, feelings of belonging and strangeness in static, calm-looking scenarios. The title of the exhibition Dew in the Sun is taken from the Ukrainian national anthem. 


"Our enemies will disappear, like the dew in the sun ..."


Olena Pronkina: "For me, 'Dew in the Sun' is a symbol of our country's victory over evil, victory over the terror of the Russian invaders, because the dew inevitably disappears in the sun's rays." 


More than any other event, the war in Ukraine has provoked the question of what distinguishes man or makes him an inhuman in his cruelty. Pronkina's paintings and sculptures do not answer this question, but they do pose the question of the inner self. Her works address existential questions of our human nature and state of mind. The alienating and enigmatic figures in the artist's pictorial worlds, the mask-like heads of her ceramics point to a mystical, spiritual reality. 


Olena Pronkina was born in Uzbekistan in 1988 and is of Ukrainian origin. She lived and worked in Kiev until Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine. Like many artists, she fled to Lviv in the west of the country. 


Pronkina has been in Berlin since June 2022 and is working on her exhibition, which will open at KVOST during Berlin Art Week 2022.


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