Темний Рай


Artist and cultural figure.

1975, Kyiv, Ukraine.
Graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture (Bachelor of Arts History, 2017) and Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Bachelor of Psychology, 2009). She is a member of the Food of War International Community. In 2015, she was a project facilitator at Marina Abramovic — In Residence (Kaldor Public Art Project, Sydney, Australia). She is a member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine and the Con Artist Residence (2018–2019, New York, USA).

ZINAIDA project topics include the study of mythologies, national and archaic images and their conveyance using contemporary art. Many of them preceded by direct participation in cultural and ethnographic research, acquaintance and communication with the bearers of ancient knowledge and practices. In her work, the artist focuses mainly on the original artwork of women as the sacred knowledge carriers. She works in various art media.

Video installation Transformation is ZINAIDA’s landmark work, which received a large number of feedbacks from viewers and art experts, presented at the First Kyiv International Biennale of Contemporary Art ARSENALE 2012. The artist’s main projects: solo exhibitions at White Box Gallery (2018, New York, USA) and PinchukArtCentre (2015, Kyiv, Ukraine), Black Bride projects at the 56th Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art (2015, Venice, Italy) and Dakini at the 58th Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art (2019, Venice, Italy). Participant of the Art Lima Contemporary Art Fair (Lima, Peru), Art Kyiv Contemporary International Forum of Contemporary Art (Kyiv, Ukraine), GOGOLFEST Interdisciplinary Festival (Kyiv, Ukraine), etc. ZINAIDA’s works maintained in private collections in Ukraine, Great Britain, Spain, the USA, and in public collections of the Fundación Caja de Burgos Foundation (Burgos, Spain) and S.P. Korolyov Museum of Astronautics (Zhytomyr, Ukraine). Her installations exhibited in the National Museum of the Revolution of Dignity (White Tears), Kyiv Modern Ballet Academic Theater (Wall), Actor Theater (felted woman from More Project).

In 2017, the artist founded the ARTREHUB volunteer initiative and developed the author’s artistic method Red Thread for children with special needs and autism disorders, based on using the symbols of Ukrainian culture and universal symbols in combination with folk crafts. Later ZINAIDA started cooperating with the medical and psychological rehabilitation centres for ATO/OOS participants and contributing within her powers to the psychological rehabilitation of people in difficult straits through art rehabilitation classes.

ZINAIDA initiated many artistic expeditions to different parts of Ukraine, including the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone. For the last four years, the artist has been organising volunteer support for Chernobyl residents. She carries out active philanthropic activities in the field of culture, supports museums, children’s festivals, classical music concertos, publishing books about Ukrainian artists.