Ola Rondiak Exhibition Marks Revolution of Dignity Anniversary
Ukrainian-American Artist Ola Rondiak welcomed guests to Kyiv’s Ivan Honchar Museum in November for the opening of a solo exhibition to mark the fifth anniversary of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity. Entitled “IDENTITY, INTERRUPTED”, the exhibition draws on the dramatic realities of the 2013-14 revolution while also illustrating the intertwining of Ukrainian history with the personal biography of the artist, who grew up in America before moving to Ukraine in the 1990s and emerging as an artistic chronicler of the country’s post-Soviet journey.
The revival of a Ukrainian national consciousness and the process of building Ukraine’s new political identity since 2013 have coincided with a period when the artist reflected on her own interrupted Ukrainian identity. Rondiak’s artworks depict women in various emotional states as a metaphor for Ukraine itself. Her unique and distinctive style relies on an eclectic approach encompassing painting, collage and the use of iconic folk emblems alongside innovative visual interpretations of traditional Ukrainian Motanka dolls. The exhibition will run until 9 December.