Design – The CONTINUUM exhibition brings together five Ukrainian creatives from different fields who narrate their own personal idea of the future through their work and personal experience. Each of the five visionaries speaks with their own medium: FAINA for design, DZHUS for fashion, SOLOMIA—Reshetylivka for craft, cakes architect Dinara Kasko for culinary, and Vlad Zvarych for perfumery.
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“Ukrainian designers and artists now have an experience and vision shaped in another dimension. Under the influence of war, protecting our land, we understand so quickly and clearly what freedom is and why we must fight for it.” Says FAINA founder Victoria Yakusha to Archipanic.
“That feeling is impossible to manifest if you haven’t gone through this. We are talking about freedom in all meanings and especially the freedom to be yourself. We believe our choices, worldview, and aspirations are not only about the future. We are the future because we chose it, no matter what. This allowed us to see everything from a different angle, from another dimension.”
FAINA by Victoria Yakusha presents a sensual and spirited take on minimalism which has brought the brand to the forefront of modern Ukrainian design. The MOVCHUN furniture collection reveals the interaction between human beings and nature through contemplation. Movchun means ‘keep silence’ in Ukrainian. “Silence slows you down to feel the connection between You and the Earth to keep you grounded with their heavy shapes,” says Victoria Yakusha to Archipanic.
In the wake of the Russian invasion, fashion designer Irina Dzhus and her team were forced to flee from Ukraine. DZHUS is a Ukrainian conceptual brand internationally known for its multi-purpose outfits made of cruelty-free materials. At CONTINUUM, she presented an unparalleled, mesmerising experience as the designer herself shows the metamorphosis of a resilient universal wardrobe in front of the audience.
Edible art is the slogan of Dinara Kasko, a pastry chef from the destroyed Kharkiv city in Ukraine. Inspired by her architectural past, she utilizes 3D-modeling technologies to create special geometric silicone cake moulds. In Milan, Dinara shares her journey and answers the question: how does the future taste?
Vlad Zvarych is a Ukrainian perfumer, collector, conceptualist, and critic. In Milan, he presents the new perfume Serpanok. Derived from Ukrainian haze, “Serpanok embodies the code of our identity.” In Ukrainian archetypes, haze symbolizes the beginning of something radically new. “The haze reminds us of the morning light that overcomes the darkness. Young bleached linen symbolizes purity and is associated with white color in Ukrainian culture.”
SOLOMIA-Reshetylivka craft studio invites you to experience the mystery of creation. Visitors can touch the ancient craft of weaving at master classes organized throughout the exhibition.
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