Lada Nakonechna in residence at the Abbey Ruins
Launch event Friday 6th July 18:00 – 21:00
Thursday 5th July 11:00 – 18:00
Friday 6th July 11:00 – 21:00
Saturday 7th July 11:00 – 18:00
Lada Nakonechna will be in residence in June and July to respond to one of Reading’s most renowned historical sites, the Reading Abbey Ruins. Reading Abbey was one of Europe’s largest royal monasteries. As ‘global’ centres or hubs of their time, the medieval abbeys acted like contemporary international corporations and were closely connected through a European network. The Abbey was first destroyed after the monastery was purged following Henry VIII’s dissolution, when the buildings of the Abbey were extensively robbed and most parts removed were sold or used elsewhere. In the 17th century civil war raged in Reading town, during which the Abbey was destroyed. The remaining ruins could be seen as monuments to both internationalism and secularisation.
Lada Nakonechna’s work explores the social and historical space of post-Soviet countries as a mirror of European processes, dealing with questions of personal responsibility and civic patriotism, examining the interaction of the individual and the common, and exploring the role of the artist and art institution in response to the situation in contemporary Ukraine, which is involved in a state of war since the 2014 uprising. In her work for Reading International Lada Nakonechna will be focussing on the contradictory yet inherently connected notions of creativity and violence. She will produce a new online publication as a communal activity and fragile instrument for social change which will include contributions from the public and other artists, thereby connecting historical and contemporary reference points as well as new symbolic possibilities for the way we interpret cultural monuments.
The ongoing project will be presented during an event at the Abbey Gateway between 5 – 7 July, which will exclusively open to the public to showcase the project. During this time Lada will lead two drawing workshops where participants will be invited to contribute to the development of the work through a series of drawing exercises on the Abbey site, and to take part in a series of conversations and discussions around what it means to ‘create ruin’. An online publication by Method Fund will be developed in collaboration with designer and researcher Lozana Rossenova to create a communal approach to building digital archives. On 6 July Lozana will lead a workshop, during which participants will be introduced to the online tool Webrecorder in order to learn to create personal online archives and to contribute to the publication.
Over the next months we will also be screening an online programme of video works, which demonstrate different states of ‘ruin’, showing fragments of lives in contemporary Ukraine, where everyday relations, war, and mass manipulation have become inseparable and the rhetoric of capitalism is fused with that of national heritage. The programme includes videos by Yaroslav Futymskyi, Zhanna Khadyrova, Yuri Leiderman, Ivan Melnichuk (Gruppa Predmetov), Lada Nakonechna, R.E.P. group, Andrii Rachinskyi and Daniil Revkovskyi, Mykola Ridnyi, Stas Voliazlovskyi and Max Afansyev.
In partnership with Reading Abbey Revealed.
For further information and images, please contact Steph Mitchell, Reading International Arts Administrator on firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 (0)118 378 8050
The project has been supported by a grant from European Union within the framework of the Culture Bridges Programme.