STITCHED
Projet « Stitched »

We are all made up of emotions that define our identity. And in each of us, a case is sewn up, a DNA code that is unique and magnificent. The myriad variety of diverse natural patterns around the world creates amazing canvases, but only one detail combines them together. The crossing of red threads is connecting each and everybody though all population. And these connections remind us that we are all equally red inside.

We want
to immerse you
in the depths
of our mantra
Confrontation [ ɒpir ] - as a struggle for
own right of self-identity.

Strength [ sylʌ ] - as strong
unity and freedom of choice.

Pride [ gɒrdistˈ ] - as a
point of success and
recognition.

Courage [ mʊʒnistˈ ] is like being responsible for the past generation and for all made decisions for beyond generations.



Despair [ rɒzpʌtʃ ] - as a driving force power in the case of irreversible events.

Heritage [ spʌdɒk ] as a precious mineral that we turn into a piece of jewelry for posterity.

Intelligence [ rɒʒʊm ]- as ability to see the non-obvious, and realize the obvious.

Creativity [ twɒrtʃistˈ ] - as the world language of creation with individual interpretation.

A look into the soul
[ pɒgljʌd w dʊʃʊ ] - as a penetrating empathy ability, communication on a mental level.

Generosity [ stʃedristˈ ] as the ability to help those in need.

Stealth [ skrytnistˈ ] - as national information codes, meanings for the preservation of identity.

Eternity [ witʃnistˈ ]- as fundamental, sacred natural values. Capital truths.



Fragility [ kryhkistˈ ]- as a feeling of the non-eternity of everything & everyone.

Anger [ ʒlist' ] as a return coin that the enemy receives at the point of no return.

Anxiety [ trywogʌ ] as an exceptional intuition.

Tension [ naprugʌ ] as absolute self-control.


ABOUT ATHORS:
This project was created in co-authorship with my friends: visual artist Serge Levchenko and stylist Volodymyr Tyshchenko, who helped me and my daughters hide from the war and made us feel welcome in Frankfurt am Main. Scrapped is a reflection of what is happening to us in the existing reality. We expressed the accumulated internal tension in the language of visual art. Because we believe in the power of embedded meanings in creative works of art. All the costumes for this series was a hand made by 3 of us from non-obvious materials. Each image is thought out and filled with the visual meanings of the sacred words that we repeat like a mantra, which helps us to believe in the imminent peace and invincibility of the Ukrainian people.

Art direction & Photographer: Natasha Volk
Style, Hair & Make-up Stylist: Serge Levchenko
Style & Model: Volodymyr Tyshchenko,
Retouched by: PRO-POST

Natasha VOLK - Certified European photographer & art director based in Kyiv (Ukraine)
Founder: Modern Photo School & Retouching
agency - PRO-POST.
As a photographer for the last 12 years I was representing Ukraine at international venues. Winner of the leading industry contests: International Photography Awards, Fine Art Photography Awards, EUROPEAN FASHION DISTINCTION AWORD; London International Creative Competition.
Since the war began, I was forced to leave Kyiv with my two daughters. At the moment I'm
in Frankfurt am Main.


Natasha VOLK
Serge LEVCHENKO
Volodymyr TYSHCHENKO
Volodymyr TYSHCHENKO - International window decorator and image responsible of
Massimo Dutti
Handmade creator of interior decorations
Artist with free flight of imagination

Serge LEVCHENKO - Visual Artist, fashion & beauty expert. Experienced in many ways I have combined several professions. Nowadays I'm working as a multitask artist : stylist, hair&make-up artist, photographer.
"This project was created in co-authorship by the artist Serge Levchenko, performer Volodymyr Tyshchenko and photographer Natalia Volk.
The war, unleashed by Russia against Ukraine, brought thousands of deaths and caused the emigration of millions of people. Alongside this, the role of Ukraine in Europe has instantly changed: from the land, known for its so-called "east-European vibe" to the fortress, protecting the democratic values of the world in the face of Russian terrorism. This image of Ukraine can be seen on the news headlines worldwide... "

Maria Vtorushina
Curator, resaarcher,
Set Foundation co-founder
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Maria Vtorushina
Curator, resaarcher, Set Foundation co-founder

STITCHED
This project was created in co-authorship by the artist Serge Levchenko, performer Volodymyr Tyshchenko and photographer Natalia Volk.

The war, unleashed by Russia against Ukraine, brought thousands of deaths and caused the emigration of millions of people. Alongside this, the role of Ukraine in Europe has instantly changed: from the land, known for its so-called "east-European vibe" to the fortress, protecting the democratic values of the world in the face of Russian terrorism. This image of Ukraine can be seen on the news headlines worldwide.
Ukrainians have an unshakable will for freedom and the ability to fight against dictatorship and tyranny: the work of artists and thinkers from various fields (since the medieval) is a huge part of this spirit.

"God is in the heart of this city. The city won't shake. God will protect it from the first-morning dawn" [Psalm 45:6]. The words in Greek rave on the golden background above the 5.4-meter figure of Madonna in Kyiv's St. Sophia cathedral. Byzantine masters finished this ambitious project in 1037. Structured as St. Sophia of Constantinople, the cathedral was aimed to be a symbol of Kyiv's legacy as an heir and successor of Byzantium. Main government decisions were approved nearby by viche — direct democratic elections, the core of Ukrainian social structure — even before the cathedral was erected. Revolutions of Dignity, known as Maidan in 2014 and Orange Revolution in 2007 in Kyiv were considered viches by participants, gathering in the same areas.

The Ukrainian Renaissance burst in the XVI century and moved from Lviv to the East to celebrate the rise of independent Cossack states. Cossacks were peasants and warriors, who started to settle in the East of Ukraine in the XV century. People who refused to obey Moskovian or Polish authorities came to join the free community. Cossack self-organized armies defended Ukrainian autonomy from Russia till the end of the XVIII century. In 1775, Russian troops burned to the ground the main Cossack fortress in the East of Ukraine. Russian soldiers killed every Ukrainian they could reach. Cossack Madonna is a clue plot in the painting of the time of resistance. Maria holds the veil in her hands, covering the people, gathered around her. Ukrainian anonymous artists portrayed Cossack leaders and their surroundings, protected under Madonna's veil. This iconography is unique to the Eastern Christian tradition, yet has similarities with the Western plot: Virgin Of Mercy. The Cossack Madonna became a symbol of the Ukrainian army, whose soldiers didn't have the luxury to experience peace for centuries, defending people's freedom from the Russian Empire, Bolsheviks' terror, and the Soviet totalitarian machine — "There is a fight; I'm on the battlefield, Where all my soldiers are the words I wield, And treason's sown by memories that scramble." — the lines belong to Vasyl Stus, Ukrainian brightest poet, human rights activist, dissident, and hero. Stus spent his youth in Donetsk, on the East of Ukraine. His adult life was stretched between Kyiv and Russian prisons. Stus died in a Soviet prison camp in 1985, tortured. Later the same year, the poet was nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature: the committee was not even aware of his death.

In 2014 after the Revolution of Dignity of Ukraine, which caused the crash of the pro-Russian government, Russian troops occupied Crimea and Donetsk and Luhansk


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