DEDICATED TO


request
ArtSvit gallery
Dnipro, Ukraine
2020


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I felt this work was complete (as a single piece) while I was visiting the eparchial office of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine (UOC (MP)). Researching the conflict(-free) communication between government and church, I wanted to make an appointment with the eparchial secretary. There, in the lobby of the building, I saw a painting.

The next step was an attempt to officially obtain the painting in order to expose it in the gallery. I met with the eparchial secretary and wrote a letter to His Eminence Metropolitan Iriney. In the letter, I asked him to provide the painting for temporary exposition at the final exhibition of the artistic residence I participated in.
The name of the project refers to:
— the original work by Oleksandr & Natalia Miroshnychenko called ‘Dedicated to the opening of the building of the Orthodox Eparchy in Dniepropetrovsk’,
— practice of ktetorship, i.e. funding, favouring and supporting church,
— iconographic tradition of depicting politicians next to clerical figures (even on icons),
— one of the literary meanings of the phrase ‘to be dedicated’ in Ukrainian language, where it closely corresponds with the phrase ‘to become holy’ (ref. ‘Clouds’ by Nechuy-Levytsky, ‘The confessor fox’ by I. Franko).


Oleksandr Miroshnychenko and Natalia Miroshnychenko — " Dedicated to the opening of the building of the Orthodox Eparchy in Dniepropetrovsk"
oil on canvs
200x170 cm
2006

TO HIS EMINENCE, THE MOST EMINENT METROPOLITAN OF DNIPROPETROVSK AND PAVLOGRAD IRINEY

Your Eminence!


We ask you to provide the painting made by Oleksandr Miroshnychenko and Natalia Miroshnychenko called "Dedicated to the opening of the building of the Orthodox Eparchy in Dniepropetrovsk", which is located in the lobby of the eparchial office in Dnipro, Mykhailo Hrushevskoho str., bldg. 4A., for temporary exposition from October 1 to November 1, 2020 at the final exhibition of the II program of residencies for artists organized by the "Artsvit" gallery and the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation.

We sincerely count on your support in the development of national culture and art in the country and publicly thank the eparchy and you personally for your assistance and cooperation in the project.


Sincerely,

Iryna Polikarchuk
Director of Artsvit Gallery

Yegor Antsygin
Curator of the program

Lucy Ivanova
Curator of the program

Bohdan Bunchak
Researcher and artist