Launch of the online archive Art(co)archive


Launch of the online archive Art(co)archive

art(co)archive is an online project that aims to provide open access to the archives and collections of museums, galleries, and private collections dedicated to contemporary art in Ukraine.

The project is based on the collection of the Museum of Odesa Modern Art: currently, the archive contains photos, videos, and audio documents, as well as archival texts and interviews related to the development of contemporary art in the city since the 1960s. The archive is particularly valuable for its materials on the art scene of the 1980s, including texts, works, documentation of actions and performances by Odesa conceptualists; as well as the 1990s, a special period in the history of Odesa art marked by the emergence of video art and installations, the formation of the first institutions of contemporary art in Ukraine, and active curatorial and art criticism.

In the work of the art(co)archive resource, we have chosen the path of gradual opening of the MoOMA collection and some private collections. The first step is the publication of archival documents and works related to the 1980s and the conceptual practices of Odesa artists. An important task of the project, in connection with the study and archiving of Odesa conceptualism, is to analyse and publish the work of Vadym Bezprozvannyi, who in 1996-1999 collected a large collection of copies of works and documents, as well as conducted interviews with Odesa artists: those who are considered to be part of the circle of Odesa conceptualists and those who are not, thus creating a cross-section of artistic life in the 1980s.

In the near future, we will also start publishing broader biographies of artists, research and analytical texts on modern art in Odesa.

In addition to researching the Odesa region and publishing the materials of the MoOMA, the project authors have chosen partnership and cooperation as one of the main strategies for the development of the resource. This is the reason for the use of the prefix (со), which means association and partnership, as the basis for working on the online archive. We invited our colleagues from the Kharkiv Municipal Gallery to prepare a selection of works related to conceptual practices in the works of Vahrych Bakhchanyan and Boris Mikhailov.
Moreover, an important component of our activities is the search for and publication of works and documents from private collections. We hope that this will contribute to research, critical and analytical materials, and that the website’s user-friendly platform will help to attract a wider audience.

The project is implemented with the support of the Culture Bridges programme, funded by the European Union and implemented by the British Council in Ukraine in partnership with EUNIC – the European Union National Institutes for Culture.