The EESC’s exhibition hall at Rue de Treves 74, will be home to the paintings of the young Ukrainian artist Natasha Kuchko from March 17 to April 16.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) contributes to strengthening the democratic legitimacy by enabling civil society organisations from the Member States to express their views at European level. The EESC promotes EU values and advances across the world, the cause of participatory democracy, as well as the role of civil society organisations.
In the first place, Natasha Kuchko devotes her works to the Ukranian people their suffering in the February events in Kiev and their faith in the European values. Exhibiting the Works in Brussels, the EU’s heart has great symbolic value and represents the Ukranian desire of coming closer to the EU.
The Artist is interested in all kinds of portrays and the way human figures are related to the material world that surrounds them. The representations of common objects and landscapes that can be identified with a bourgeois Weltanschauung at Europe’s heart are part of this image of a comfortable life from the material point of view. However, introspection plays a key role in the concept of portray and identity, like for instance the black paintings (under laptop light), that deal with the human essence and the difference to the objects that surround us.
These reflexion about a well-off, materialistic and bourgeois universe falls into pieces with the Ukrainian civic appraisal that inspires the last two works of the black paintings. The reference to Maydan, daily followed by millions of Ukrainians on the web, tries to show that this material world is fragile and consequently gentle in appearance only. With this sudden change in the external and material world (let’s think of Maydan before and after), only the I stays. Here lies the importance of portray and introspection.
Natasha Kuchko (Rivne, 1980) studied Humanities, philology and History of Art in Kiev and began her training as a realist painter in Madrid, participating in several workshops with Antonio Lopez and Mesquida, while painting in the studio of Francois Legrand (Paris). Then, she spent two years in Brussels and the Netherlands, studying the ancient artisanal pigment techniques of the Flemish School. At present, she lives and works in Florence, where she carries on her studies and research in figurative painting at the Florence Academy or Arts.