Kyiv Collage Collective

Spring 2022 by Katya Lisova
digital collage, 2022. Courtesy of the artist.

Kyiv Collage Collective

Kyiv, Ukraine

HISTORY

The KYIV COLLAGE COLLECTIVE (KCC) was founded in January 2021 by artist Annete Sagal. She was eager to find a community in her home country, Ukraine, and found “the right thing at the right time.” In a week, the collective had 200+ active followers, including collage artists from various cities of Ukraine and other countries. Since then KCC has been building a great community of collage lovers and organizing online and offline workshops and exhibitions.

MISSION

The collective aims to discover collage artists from Ukraine, give them a platform to meet international artists, and popularize collage art in Ukraine.

Outdoors by Taras Stepoviy
8.3″x11.7″; analog collage; 2023. Courtesy of the artist.

JOIN

To participate, share your collage artwork on Instagram and tag @kyivcollage using the hashtags #kyivcollage and #kyivcollagecollective for a chance to be featured.

The collective also welcomes messages about possible collaboration.

KEY ACTIVITIES

In addition to featuring artists on their Instagram page, the collective also organizes events, workshops, and exhibitions. These initiatives include the CUTOUT COLLAGE FESTIVAL (Ukraine, 2021), the opening of the CUTOUT COLLAGE STUDIO, several collaborations with Art Therapy Lab and the School of Visual Arts New York, and “Stick Together with Kyiv,” an international street collage project in support of Ukraine in collaboration with Project Paper Nation. In 2023, the collective opened the KYIV COLLAGE SCHOOL, an educational space that caters to collage artists.

CUTOUT COLLAGE ART PROJECT

CUTOUT was founded in March 2021 by artists Annete Sagal, Katya Syta, and Olha Syta.

The project opens to the world a fast, unusual, emotional and intuitive, endless direction in art – collage. This is the philosophy of changing an ideal reality already created by someone into one’s own unusual narrative. The manifestation of an inexhaustible technique that manifests a new, radical knowledge of today and will help to expand the perception of modern art.

The life of the project began with the creation of a collage festival in June 2021. At the end of the festival, a group of collage artists was formed, and in August 2021, a contemporary CUTOUT COLLAGE STUDIO was opened in Kyiv, where residents work and exhibitions, workshops, and cultural events are held every month. At the beginning of 2022, the community of collage artists CUTOUT LOVERS was formed, the project went beyond the studio and began to hold exhibitions in galleries and museums of Kyiv. Unfortunately, on February 24, the cultural life of Ukraine was suspended due to the terrorist actions of the aggressor country, and preparations for the second edition of the collage festival were put on hold.

The impossibility of holding events in Ukraine provoked the CUTOUT art project to enter the European art arena. In 2022, the project remotely organized exhibitions in Spain, Slovenia, Germany, Denmark and Israel. with the participation of CUTOUT RESIDENTS & LOVERS. From August 2022 to the present, CUTOUT has been conducting cultural and exhibition activities in Ukraine and the world.

CONTACT

EMAIL | INSTAGRAM | CUTOUT

Building by Maria Shapranova
mixed media collage, sketchbook; 2022. Courtesy of the artist.