Viacheslav Ratynskyi
Two Years into Ukraine
ARTPIL / Prescription .147
February 24, 2024
Matthew Hong

This year, now well into its start, and resolutions all but forgotten. The final days of February, Black History Month, and entrance into Lent. Valentine came and went, loveless as usual.

Gaza is on fire. The International Court of Justice convenes to discuss the policies and practices of Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory after its recent ruling that “Israel must take steps to prevent genocide in Gaze.” Meanwhile, Netanyahu unveils his grand plan, in seeming disregard of the sentiments put forth by the international community. The U.S. continues to back Israel, once again vetoing the United Nations Security Council resolution for cease-fire.

Trump is ordered to pay in a landmark civil fraud case brought by New York state’s Attorney General – including his other judgements, a sum now exceeding half a billion dollars.

The Russian opposition leader Navalny is killed earlier this month. Conflict is the new normal.

Today is February 24th. On this day, French troops conquer Breda in the southern part of the Netherlands (1793), Cuban war for independence begins (1895), Estonia declares independence from Russia (1918), the former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is found guilty of rape and criminal sexual acts in landmark case that ignited the MeToo movement (2020), Russia launches its full scale invasion of Ukraine (2022).

Today is February 24, 2024. Today marks two years since the Russian aggression into Ukraine. For the recent 75th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we put forth War, and the Declaration of Human Rights tying artists and their works to themes of human rights, crises and conflict. Today, we continue for the two year anniversary of this conflict featuring some profiles and articles under the theme of Ukraine and the war. Welcome to the .147th edition of Prescriptions.

  • Anish Kapoor: Unseen
    Apr 11 – Oct 20, 2024
    Ishøj, Denmark

    Anish Kapoor’s monumental sculptures and installations speak directly to our senses and emotions. Through his unique eye for materials, shapes, colours and surfaces we are drawn into and seduced by his artwork, which turns the world upside down – often quite literally. Kapoor has been shown in the largest exhibition venues in the world, and he has also created several significant pieces for public spaces. (more…)

  • A Model
    Feb 9 – Sep 8, 2024

    We all have ideas of what a contemporary art museum should be. Those who founded Mudam Luxembourg, for example, envisioned a museum that would encompass many aspects of contemporary culture, such as art, design and architecture. While one believes the museum to be a place for the presentation of modern art, others view it as a showcase for Luxembourgish creation. And some see Mudam as a space for collectivity, for openness, for events and an experimental approach. (more…)

  • Tyrone Williams & Madison Dinelle: Chiasm
    Ceremony Press

    Many photographers have experimented with the ‘Call & Response’ model of collaboration, where images function like links in a chain – a visual duel, or game of chess. This book, in which these two photographers pair up their photographs, feels more to me like a matching card game. Chiasm describes in biology the point at which two filamentous structures like a tendon or nerve diagonally intersect in an X (more…)

  • Karla Hiraldo Voleau: Another Love Story

    A year. That’s how long it’s been since Karla Hiraldo Voleau’s exhibition Another Love Story first opened at the MEP in Paris in 2022. A year is also the timeframe of the story chronicled in that project – a love story personal to KHV, which shifts abruptly from its climax to its end when she discovers that X, her lover, is leading a double life – a revelation that prompts the artist to question her certainties. (more…)