“You are what you look at #2”

You are what you look at #2
Serhiy Savchenko
Painting, graphics, photography, animation, video.
The project was made possible thanks to the CULTURAL GRANT OF THE CITY OF GDAŃSK.
Opening November 16, 2021, 7 pm.
Free admission.

The opening of the exhibition will feature a concert by “Viva Viola Festivity”
Musicians: Veronica Dobek, Emilia Miechowicz, Fyodor Lastovsky, Klara Petruk,
Aleksandra Michalec,  Zyta Woelke, Natalia Marek, Yuliya Buraya.
Dr. Christopher Komendarek – Tymendorf’s class.
The program includes J. S. Bach, F. A. Hoffmeister, B. Campagnoli, H. Vieuxtemps, E. Bloch
In cooperation: Chair of Instruments Strings of the Academy of Music Stanislaw Moniuszko in Gdańsk

 

“This is a project that grows and lives with me. It is about the most important thing about the people who surround me. Many of you, my relatives, friends, sometimes just acquaintances, and sometimes unknown, thanks to this project, travel with me and remind yourself of the pictures that have fixed such a special lookup. The view that, according to my observations, seems to pause for a moment, audits and even illuminates, reflecting the ups. Thank you for allowing me to be there. And because I looked at you, you  made me a little yourself. . .” Serhiy Savchenko 

“Every encounter, every person-to-person contact, even if we don’t notice it right away, has a mutually penetrating effect. Nowadays, in the constant battle for our attention, in the aggressive flow of advertising and information, people often escape by directing their gaze to nature, nature, the water sky, upwards. To a place where that aggression is not so intense.In this way we find a kind of resistance point, an opportunity to fix ourselves and our personality in space. But what we don’t always realize is how much it has been embellished by the aggression of the human ego. Social media – access to constant copying of your own photos often leads people to focus solely on themselves.
My project is also about that. When we direct our gaze to nature or the sky, we often feel relief and a special kind of peace or comfort. We can get this kind of effect by focusing our gaze on someone other than ourselves. This project gave me the opportunity to look closely at everyone I thought of while working on the project. Especially those people whose portraits I painted. In a way, unexpectedly, even to myself, I noticed that the contact and attention we experienced during our meeting in the creation of these paintings only intensified and deepened. As a result, it became clear that I had now become a little bit of you, giving you a part of myself. ” Serhiy Savchenko
The project started in 2013 and was first shown in Avignon (France) under the title “Hope up” at the International Festival Parcour de l’art in Meson de Villard. At that time there were about a hundred photographs of Ukrainians and Frenchmen who were not only close friends or colleagues of the artist, but also complete strangers. Titled “You are what you gut”, it was first presented in 2019 during the Days of Ukraine in Savchenko Gallery in Gdansk.

Video relation form opening

Photorealtion from openong reception 16.11.2021 (Photo Yulia Rubish):

Exposition in Savchenko Gallery:

Paintings (oi, acrylic on canvas 95×95 cm):

Graphick (Monothypy on paper A4 A4):

Video relation from the opening

Photography from the project