During this morning together in the Dnipro river bank Seila invited the participants to generate some artistic gestures to engage on a dialogue with the Dnipro river.
Seila apart from being the curator and trainer of this project she is primarily an artist researcher whose practice is based on contemporary eco-social uncertainties, product of the tensions arising from extractive relationships with Nature. She has explored rivers and bodies of water for a number of years, including the Amazon river and in this case, she offered the space for dialogue with the Dnipro river.
Dnipro river is a very important river from being a body of water, but also a border, a very important space on geopolitics and history as well as a symbol for Ukrainian identity which currently under thread and danger in various part of the country due to the Russian aggression on the country.
From this invitation a number of collective "artistic experiments" were initiated by participant artists as well as the facilitator of this program, Seila, invited the participants to read a selection of sentences collected from Ukrainian literature where the Dnipro river was named. Then the artist Vartan Markarian iniciated the process of creating a line of stones collectively. Roksolana Durka iniciated the performative intervention of creating a boat where feelings were contained. Together with Mikhail Ray we introduced salt in the boat and launched it as a form of dialogue.
In addition, Fedir Khorkov invited everyone to join on the action of drawing with Dnipro water. This space included birds around who visited the actions happening.
This summary of the day gives some glimpses of what it was, out of this collective experience we created a video installation presented in the final presentation of the project.