At times of political upheaval it is essential to have artists capable of exposing the truth—in the Ukraine Nikita Kadan assumes this mantel. Born in 1982, his outspoken stance against Soviet influence has been a large focus of his work alongside his research into Ukraine's urban transition—a shift so rapid it is jeopardizing the country's historical roots and public areas. Kadan's unmasking of political wrongdoing pushes him into the… Read more
About the artwork
Kadan's series Procedure Room finds the artist tackling the issue of the Ukrainian police's use of torture as a matter of daily practice. The depicted acts of torture—all committed by the police force—are presented in the same graphic style as the Popular Medical Dictionary of the Soviet Era. The illustrations in this publication feature characters with blank, serene faces despite undergoing immensely painful operations. Kadan's illustrations mirror these same deadpan expressions while showing images of unspeakable brutality. The fragility of these eight gold-rimmed porcelain plates mirrors the precarious nature of Ukraine's political situation that threatens to shatter at any moment
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