Miami’s Ukraine Pop-Up Art Exhibit Happened By Sheer Luck – NBC 6 South Florida

This is perhaps the most timely art exhibition in the city of Miami – and it almost didn’t happen.

“We decided to open the pop-up before the war – it was a very spontaneous decision,” said Julia Voloshyn, co-founder of Voloshyn Gallery.

The exhibit is titled “Memory on Her Face” and takes place in a warehouse-turned-impromptu gallery in Allapattah, on 23rd Street NW.

It features the work of five Ukrainian artists on Russian aggression in their homeland.

“It became our peaceful protest against the war,” Voloshyn said.

A work by artist Nikita Kadam features a screen-printed photo of a building in Ukraine’s Donbass region shortly after it was bombed in 2014.

“When Russia supported the Ukrainian separatists and the Russian army came to Donbass, many buildings and many lives were destroyed,” Max Voloshyn said.

The screen print is attached to a metal shield – it is meant to represent the fragility of life.

Husband and wife Max and Julia Voloshyn mounted the exhibit in late January. They were originally due to return to Kyiv in December, but stayed in Miami after contracting COVID during Art Basel.

After recovering in January, they organized this exhibition as a pop-up on a whim – they had no idea war was about to break out.

The couple can no longer return home, where they run their own gallery in kyiv. The gallery is in a historic building and during World War II it was a bomb shelter.

This gallery is again a bomb shelter, where artists and gallery employees take refuge.

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Reggie S. Williams