Friday, May 24, 2024

Ukrainian Artist Polina Raiko’s Home-Museum Possible Misplaced to Flood 


As a result of destruction of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Energy Plant throughout the Dnipro River in Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine on June 6, the house-museum of Ukrainian artist Polina Raiko — whose work have been a singular instance of Ukrainian Artwork Brut and monumental artwork — is probably going misplaced to a flood. The Kherson artist Semen Khramtsov reported on Fb yesterday that the home stuffed with frescoes was “underwater” and that museum staff have been evacuated and protected. “There’s a want for drugs, meals, ingesting water,” Khramtsov wrote. 

In a remark to Hyperallergic, Khramtsov shared that his sources residing in occupied Oleshky have confirmed that the constructing had been submerged, with solely its rooftop seen above the water. As for the frescoes inside the home, the extent of their harm stays unknown, as a few of them have been painted over the wallpaper.

Raiko used her artwork as a approach to deal with private trauma, treating her home surfaces as a canvas. All the things in the home — partitions, ceilings, doorways, and fence — Raiko lined in enamel-painted drawings of implausible birds and flowers, Christian iconography, and the artist’s personal interpretations of her goals and life occasions. 

Polina Raiko’s home within the Oleshky, Kherson, area (picture through Wikimedia Commons)

Polina Raiko, who died in 2004, was a self-taught outsider artist from Oleshky. She began to attract in 1998 on the age of 69 within the wake of tragic household occasions — the deaths of her husband and daughter and her son’s incarceration. In 2008, artist Viacheslav Mashnytsky launched a basis to protect Raiko’s legacy. Mashnytskyi went lacking after the Russian occupation of Kherson in 2022.

Oleshky, a city within the Kherson area at present occupied by the Russian Federation, was flooded after the Nova Kakhovka Dam breach. On October 20, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed that Russia mined the dam, warned in regards to the potential explosion, and requested a global mission to watch a possible “large-scale catastrophe.” 

The dam’s destruction precipitated a humanitarian and environmental disaster, with 30 settlements flooded and greater than 2,300 folks evacuated from the affected areas. Many historic and archeological websites are prone to disappearing.

Polina Raiko’s work are a singular instance of Ukrainian Artwork Brut. (© Polina Raiko; picture by Semen Khramtsov, courtesy Polina Raiko Charitable Basis)


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