Within the National Library Week of South Africa, the UNISA Library is welcoming the moving exhibition of works by Maria Prymachenko "Ukrainian Safari", organized by Embassy of Ukraine in the RSA. We talked about the outstanding Ukrainian artist and its contribution to the world cultural heritage and the importance of cultural diplomacy.
Ambassador Taras Kuzmych mentioned the extraordinary role played by the Ukrainian Association of South Africa. Its representative, painter Tatiana Hurn, created a live-painting by Maria Prymachenko style and presented it to Daisy Selematsela, the Executive Director of the Library.
We look forward to having new projects with the University of South Africa, and the exhibition traveling through the country.
Embassy of Ukraine to the RSA thanks for the support to the Foundation "Creative Heritage of the Family of Maria Prymachenko".
For your attention the extract of the speech of Ambassador Taras Kuzmych at the launch of the exhibition of works of Maria Prymachenko at The Unisa Library (March, 20):
"If we could collect folk masters from all over Ukraine, which would miraculously create - not only the Kyiv gardens would blossom. Houses would have laughed at people ... "- dreamed the artist.
This dream is embodied today by artists muralists around the world. I'm happy to tell you that in Western Cape, the walls of houses, cafes, restaurants are decorated with the works of Ukrainian artist Tatiana Hurn, who is making live painting now for us.
Tatiana represents the Ukrainian Association of South Africa, the partner of today's event as like as other events of Embassy of Ukraine in SA. Association unites not only Ukrainians in South Africa but also South Africans who are interested in our country. This organization makes us closer, more understandable to each other. In Western Cape, Tanya Hurn runs workshops on Petrykivka, famous tradition of Ukrainian style of painting. Last year, in the frame of IPAF Festival, Tanya painted a wall in Cape Town with Ukrainian plants, flowers, vegetables, making them South Africans.
We already have the cases of cross-cultural collaboration between the two countries, Ukraine and SA. In 2018 SA artist Dineo Seshee Bopape who was born in Durban took in Ukraine the main prize of The Future Generation Art Prize, the biannual global contemporary art prize to discover, recognize and give long-term support to a future generation of artists.
Another one SA artist James Beckett (ZA) together with 30 contemporary artists and art groups from 15 countries became the part of Revolutionize’, the international research and exhibition project at the biggest Ukrainian art space, Art Arsenal.
In Cape Town, the work of well-known Ukrainian-French artist Sonia Delaunay was a part of the big project at South African National GalleryAssessing Abstraction.
I hope today we celebrate the beginning of a long and fruitful conversation between Ukraine and SA. I am honored to be part of it as an Ambassador, as Ukrainian."