With the work named «Without Women», ZINAIDA, observes the forgotten traditions of sheep-breeding, an ancient lifestyle of Ukrainian male shepherds that remained mostly unchanged for hundreds of years. The work is filmed in high mountains, in the untouched natural habitat, where the men live in solitude, not unlike monks, for many months. Without women. The artist follows shepherds, observing their daily routine, their ability to survive in extreme conditions, as well as their ability to manage chores are usually associated with women. The resulting striking black and white video installation is a meditation on masculinity, and even though worm are absent from the camera, the feminine is present in the imagery.
This seminal exhibition by ZINAIDA summaries the past and present in a unique Ukrainian cultural perspective. Through the use of video, the artist captures, questions, and celebrates moments in time to layout stories about an isolated location in the Carpathian Mountains. For all press and business inquiries please contact Natalia: [email protected] (Phone/WhatsApp/Telegram +38 096 706 72 09)
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