"This is my home. The home where I was born and grew up. The home that I loved. The home I can never return to.No roof, no floor, no walls are left. Only memories and emotions, pain, despair, nostalgia and loss."
Artist and architect Daria Khozhai invites visitors to her home, her memories and the madness she is living in. In Gallery 3, she recreated a 1:1 model of her childhood room in a family apartment in Kyiv.
6 Months ago Khozhai`s inner little-girl's safe zone collapsed. The childhood room (a memory of it) became a refugee. Despite displacement and a vulnerable state, room bears her heritage and burden with herself. The walls are growing stronger and stronger every day.
The spatial installation by Khozhai consists of 31 layers of newspapers, her tears and potato starch. The first layer of newspapers is from 24 August 1991, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the reestablishment of Ukraine's state independence, and the time she was born free. The last layer of newspapers, 31 years later, is from 24 February 2022, the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Till now, the newspapers have been hidden under the wallpapers of millions of homes. They meant to cover the imperfections of the Stalin’s, Brezhnev`s and Khrushev’s building`s walls. An apartment plan that every Ukrainian knows, lives or lived. Now when walls are ruined, at last, the Truth has been revealed.
About Daria Khozhai
Daria Khozhai is an artist and architect with a background in Fine Art (Kyiv Academy of Visual Arts) and Sustainable Architecture (Politecnico di Milano). For the past 5 years, she developed a situation-specific approach by making large-scale art installations as part of the core-team at RAAAF. Simultaneously, she worked as an Embedded architect in a philosophical project at the AMC (Amsterdam Medical Centre). That led her to start a self-initiated research on Multidirectional Memory (as a source of identity formation and ability to build new worlds out of the materials of older ones). Recently, she became a teacher at the Academie van Bouwkunst Amsterdam.
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