Dates of the exhibition: 21 April - 27 November

Spiazzi, Castello 3865, Venice, Italy 30122

Visual Research Support Foundation Charitable Organization


  • 23 April to 25 September, 11am - 7pm
  • 27 September to 27 November, 10am - 6pm

Open to the Public:
Tuesday to Sunday

Without Women is a part of the Collateral Events at the 2022 Venice Biennale.

Stemming from extensive ethnographic research and close collaboration with indigenous communities, ZINAIDA's practice revolves around the study of mythologies, national symbols, archaic imagery, and the role of women as carriers of sacred knowledge. Her research journeys in different regions in Ukraine aim to study and preserve cultural heritage. ZINAIDA volunteer initiatives and carries out philanthropic activities in Chornobyl Exclusion Zone. She additionally founded the ARTREHUB volunteer initiative and developed her methodology Red Thread for children with special needs and autism disorders.

As part of the Venice Biennale Collateral Events, ZINAIDA presents the artwork - Without Women - about sheep-breeding, the purity in the nature, and the male energy transformation. Everywhere one looks, you can see practical traditions in action with sheep-breeding mentality among the masses coming through the depth of the modern world attributes. From childhood until they are old enough and have the strength, men leave their dwellings and villages to go to the mountains for five months. Among the abundance of sheep and cows they process milk into butter and cheese. The project Without Women consists of two exhibition sections: a space with video where three projections create a triptych of the living pictures and an installation The Milk of Life, which will remind visitors of the warm scents of women's skin.

In the video presentation, a toned body of a young man, who is immersed in milk to pick up cheese from the cauldron evokes a mythical deity who creates the world. His movements resemble sexual intercourse with a beloved woman, the gauze used for squeezing the whey mimics a veil, while a hazy curtain swayed by the wind appears like a bridal lace dress. In his solitary environment, a man expresses and renews his masculine nature fully and vividly. Balancing between discernable acts of sublimation and poetic portrayal of shepherds as solitary monks, the video narrative is complemented by tactile-olfactory elements within the exhibition space. The "leaking," milk scented screen skin once again bringing awareness to the notions of self-limitation and appealing sincerity.
"The timing could not be better for Zinaida to present her work, Without Women. The seminal exhibition is an expansion of the 2022 Venice Biennale title theme The Milk of Dreams through distinctive interpretations of discoveries and rediscoveries within her artistic practice. The focus on women who made important contributions to art history and continue to do so today, fits well." Outlined, Peter Doroshenko, the exhibition's curator. "Zinaida works in many different ways and levels to make impactful art.
– Peter Doroshenko, curator
In curating the exhibition, Without Women, Dallas Contemporary Executive Director Peter Doroshenko has emphasized that "Zinaida is a national cultural figure for Ukraine. Over the last fifteen years, she has summarised, documented and interpreted contemporary Ukrainian society through her work. Zinaida's works have become an important and seminal influence for all contemporary Ukrainian artists."
Photo: Andrea Rossetti
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About the Artist
Graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture (Bachelor of Arts His-tory, 2017) and Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Bachelor of Psychology, 2009). She is a member of the Food of War International Community. In 2015, she was a project facilitator at Marina Abramovic — In Residence (Kaldor Public Art Project, Sydney, Australia). She is a member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine and the Con Artist Residence (2018–2019, New York, USA).

ZINAIDA project topics include the study of mythologies, national and archaic images and their conveyance using contemporary art. Many of them preceded by direct participation in cultural and ethnographic research, acquaintance and communication with the bearers of ancient knowledge and practices. In her work, the artist focuses mainly on the original art-work of women as the sacred knowledge carriers. She works in various art media.

ZINAIDA initiated many artistic expeditions to different parts of Ukraine, including the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone. For the last four years, the artist has been organising volunteer support for Chernobyl residents. She carries out active philanthropic activities in the field of culture, supports museums, children's festivals, classical music concertos, publishing books about Ukrainian artists.
    About the Curator
    Peter Doroshenko
    Peter Doroshenko is the director at the Dallas Contemporary, Texas, the largest non-collecting museum in the United States. He has held director positions at: PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom; SMAK - Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium; inova - Institute of Visual Arts, Milwaukee; and curator posts at both the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; and Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse. Doroshenko has organized over two hundred exhibitions over the past thirty-five years including: Michaël Borremans, Ross Bleckner, Candice Breitz, Maurizio Cattelan, Francesco Clemente, Dan Colen, Sam Durant, Eric Fischl, Dominique Gonzales-Foerster, Meschac Gaba, Kendell Geers, Loris Gréaud, Andreas Gursky, Peter Halley, Pierre Huyghe, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, John McCracken, Boris Mikhailov, Mariko Mori, Philippe Parreno, Richard Phillips, Kimsooja, David Salle, Julian Schnabel, Pascal Marthine-Tayou, Juergen Teller, Barthélémy Toguo, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Piotr Uklanski, and Liu Xiaodong. He has lectured and taught at post-graduate programs including: Core Program, Houston; Le Pavilion/Palais de Tokyo, Paris; de Ateliers, Amsterdam; and the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York. In 2007, 2009, and 2017, he was the commissioner for the Ukrainian Pavilions at the Venice Biennale.
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