TORONTO, March 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Mykola Zhuravel feels for his country.
Based in Kyiv, Ukraine, he has joined with millions of other Ukrainians
in the hope that the most recent upheaval in his homeland will finally
lead his country on a path to respect human rights and the basic
dignities that should accompany citizenship. Perhaps prophetically,
this iconic Ukrainian artist, together with his wife Daria
Tischenko-Zhuravel, has created a new American flag where the stars are
replaced with chalices grasped by female hands. These chalices are a
symbol of spiritual fulfilment of cultural and historical values.
Communication leads to movement, which leads to progress and ultimately
liberty. The stripes are inset with images of libertarian women garbed
in the clothes of ancient times, goddesses communicating with each
other, promoting liberty, freedom and transparency.
Just as the Statue of Liberty is intended to enlighten the world, this
metaphorical depiction of the American flag is a call for help and
guidance from the nation that has stood for the defence of human rights
and the protection of democratic freedoms and liberty. To the
Zhuravels, the women of America are its backbone, hence the
presentation of women as the guiding light toward liberty. The
Zhuravels present America as strong in the hope that America will
continue to sustain its role as the defender of these rights.
Zhuravel has exhibited extensively internationally including
representing Ukraine in the 2011 Venice Biennale. Bezpala Brown Gallery
(BBG) has been proud to represent Zhuravel in a number of Toronto-based
exhibitions. Zhuravel has Canadian roots. In the reverse of the more
common occurrence, Zhuravel's grandfather emigrated from Canada to
Ukraine in 1916. Zhuravel's studio is near Independence Square (Maidan)
where he has been a daily witness to the EuroMaidan protests and
ultimately the uprooting of the Yanukovych government.
While Zhuravel can look back at Canada, BBG has Ukrainian roots (among
others). As the tensions rise within Ukraine, BBG is travelling to New
York to participate in Scope New York 2014. When the director of BBG,
Lyudmila Bezpala-Brown saw the Zhuravels' flag design, she immediately
placed it as the centrepiece of the BBG New York showcase. The Liberty Flag will debut at Scope on March 6th as a statement of support for EuroMaidan; as a call for assistance from
the international community; in general, to generate continued
awareness of Ukraine's plight; and to visually represent Ukrainians'
desire to be finally freed from repression, tyranny and corruption.
Ms. Bezpala-Brown commented, "Ukrainians are facing rising tensions and
economic strain. There are restrictions on access to cash and foreign
currencies. Artists such as Zhuravel, who rely on their art sales to
generate income, are facing severe economic constraints in Ukraine that
inhibit their ability to travel and participate in international
exhibitions as they normally would. The Liberty Flag is a moving visualization from one of Ukraine's modern masters. Our hope
is not only that it generates attention, but also that it generates
Image with caption: "Fragment of Liberty Flag (2014) by Mykola Zhuravel/Daria Tischenko-Zhuravel (copyright 2014 courtesy of Bezpala Brown Gallery) (CNW Group/Bezpala Brown Gallery)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140303_C8620_PHOTO_EN_37426.jpg
SOURCE: Bezpala Brown Gallery
For further information:
Mila Bezpala-Brown, Gallery Director, (416) 907-6875, firstname.lastname@example.org. Bezpala Brown Gallery, 17 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1M2, www.bezpalabrown.com