Installation view of Ihor Okuniev’s work <em>Kyiv</em> region on display in NGV Triennial from 3 December 2023 – 7 April 2024 at NGV International, Melbourne. Photo: Lillie Thompson

Ihor Okuniev

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Ihor Okuniev
Ukraine born 1989

Level 3
NGV International
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Ukrainian artist Ihor Okuniev’s multimedia practice draws from a deep fascination with his home country’s nature and culture. Created in 2022, the year Russia began its full-scale invasion of Ukraine after almost a decade of war, Land explores the sounds of war-ravaged nature. Okuniev recorded the piece in between his work with Livyj Bereh, a volunteer organisation he developed with a group of friends at the beginning of the 2022 invasion, starting in left-bank Kyiv then branching out to other regions. They work to restore the roofs of houses in villages damaged by the invasion and provide supplies to the Ukrainian military.

Working across media including photography, video and sound, Ihor Okuniev’s practice is inspired by his interest in Ukrainian culture, ethnography, folklore and architecture. Okuniev was born in Kyiv in 1989 and later moved to Yalta, Crimea, where as a teenager he started a graffiti crew with friends before going on to study graphic design at university.

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Originally commissioned by Haus der Kunst, München, as part of Tune, curated by Sarah Miles. Courtesy of the artist