Gallery INA DEDERER & FRIENDS
contemporary art gallery in the heart of Zurich
March 3rd - March 21st
Masquerades, hidden identities and pretenses, are as old as human society. People put on a façade to achieve their goals, to become likable and to feel more free. For our new exhibition, we invited two young artists with Ukrainian roots whose works seem, at first view, to be very different. Nevertheless, they reflect the human desire and tradition to disguise oneself. When Irina’s works concentrate on the old tradition of carnevals and fantasies, Valentyna’s works show today’s pressure to fulfill certain standards in life. Exhibiting both artists together offers us a dialogue of space and time.
Irina Basalik’s paintings embody the secret wishes and dreams of the human soul. The young Ukrainian artist lived in numerous countries in Europe and Middle East before settling down in Costa Blanca, in Spain. In her work, aspects of European culture are linked with oriental traditions. Irina’s strong imagination and her dreams are an important source of inspiration for her paintings. Lively figures and abstract bodies play and dance on her canvases, fish fly, a violin smokes a cigarette – Irina’s world is full of surrealistic sceneries. The artist has been part of the international art scene for 10 years, and has participated in numerous exhibitions around Europe.
Valentyna Protsak studied art at the T.G Shevchenko High School of Fine Arts and at the High School of Arts in Lucerne. The prominent young painter with Ukrainian roots has been active in the Swiss and European art scene since 2008. Her expressionist yet figurative paintings illustrate bodies and characters through the painter’s own aesthetics. The artist combines strong contrasts and pastel colors to transmit reality as she sees it. Her depiction of daily life is strongly influenced by her personal experiences. Valentyna’s paintings allegorize an encounter with contemporary society and its imagery of perfection.