Artists in Residence 2021
Irina Troma (Amosova-Novikova),
"Square № 10", landart
"Each generation walks on its own ground. Therefore, the only way to find out how our ancestors lived is to study this ground, this land. I have created a kind of portal in the ground of Ukraine from which archeologists extract Lithuanian artifacts."
"Hlynsky’s cenotaph", landart
Material: stones that archaeologists removed from the excavation site.
In his work, the artist connected the history of Tyahynka (Kherson region) and Hlynsk (almost abandoned village in Sumy region) through the Cossack chieftain Bohdan Hlynsky, who marched on Tyahynka in the 15th century. It is unknown where Bohdan Hlynsky is buried, so the artist from Sumy created Hlynsky's cenotaph from the stones of the Tyagyn Fortress.
"Place of Power", Landart
"I was looking for location for my work. At first I tried to make something like grass tapestry under the hill, but there was something wrong. Then I went up to the plateau of the Tyagin fortress and lay down into the grass... It was the Place of Power. Moreover, it was the place of female power. The grass is like hair, and long female hair is an eternal symbol. And I decided to braid this grass like hair..."
Oleksandr Tanasyuk, Olena Afanasieva, Ukraine
"Length of time", landart
Material: stones that archaeologists removed from the excavation site, conchiglioni.
People can feel spatial changes easily, but can not really feel flowing of time. It seems that time flows differently for individuals. It seems we live in a different time dimension compared to the stones we walk on and build our houses. As it is impossible to see the movement of a steppe snail, it is impossible to feel the movement of time – except to touch the stones of an ancient fortress, which no longer exists.
This object evokes many associations – it is a cross, which in both Ukraine and Lithuania is placed at the crossroads as a talisman and blessing, and hay dolls, as well as the outline of the fortress Tyagin. The author called this work "Plea", and it was her personal plea for protection for Ukraine and peace for its people.
Material: clay tiles found in an abandoned house in Tyagin, grain, alabaster.
"Ritual" is a work about sacrifice. Rituals of sacrificing were used in all cultures – for example, in Christianity it was a “tithe”. People have always felt that to have something you have to give something away.
This work was appreciated by the participants of the archeological expedition because most of them are volunteers who came to help archeologists. They give their time, energy, money to gain not only unique experience, but restored history of medieval Ukraine.