Young Artists of Ukraine. Art Studio of Aza Nizi Maza
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Young Artists of Ukraine. Art Studio of Aza Nizi Maza

Before the war, AZA NIZI MAZA, a creative space founded in 2012 by Nikolai Kolomiets, offered art classes such as an art studio for painting, drawing, and sculpture for children and adults; an inclusive space – a group of artists with Down syndrome working in the studio; a lecture hall where lectures on art were held; a book project (projects on creating books on contemporary art were conducted in the studio); an exhibition hall (the studio organized more than 60 exhibitions at the best exhibition venues in Ukraine). Studio work was the main direction. Teachers developed the approach directed on an embodiment of the potential of personal qualities of each of the trainees. Not only technical methods were taught; students were introduced to modern art, told about the history of art in practice, shown how artists of different epochs solved similar problems. The learning process focused on developing the imagination and trying to lead students down their own path and style. The studio used a wide variety of painting, drawing, and sculpture techniques. On the first day of the war, the studio “AZA NIZI MAZA” became a bomb shelter and a transit point, through which quite a few people passed. Creative projects continued. The current one is a poster diary “Scho Ya Bachu,” in which the work of the studio’s children is viewed in the context of the time, i.e. wartime. This project received a great deal of feedback in Ukraine and abroad. Temporarily, due to the current situation, classes are not held in the studio. Now the classes are conducted at one of the Kharkiv subway stations. https://www.facebook.com/AzaNiziMazaStudio

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Aza Nizi Maza
Kharkiv, Ukraine

AZA NIZI MAZA is a creative space founded in 2012 by Nikolai Kolomiets (Kharkiv). AZA NIZI MAZA offered classes in painting, drawing, and sculpture for children and adults. A group of artists with Down syndrome also worked in the studio. There was a lecture hall where artists and art historians held lectures on art, and an exhibition hall (the studio organized more than 60 exhibitions at the best exhibition venues in Ukraine). On the first day of the war, the studio “AZA NIZI MAZA” moved to a bomb shelter and a transit point. The pictures you see here were made by AZA NIZI MAZA students, mostly children and teens, in the subway.

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by Osip Mandelstam

This collection, compiled, translated, and edited by poet and scholar Ian Probstein, provides Anglophone audiences with a powerful selection of Mandelstam’s most beloved and haunting poems.

by Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry

Four teenagers grow inseparable in the last days of the Soviet Union—but not all of them will live to see the new world arrive in this powerful debut novel, loosely based on Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.

 

by Mark Budman

Every character in these twenty-two interlinked stories is an immigrant from a place real or imaginary. (Magic realism/immigrant fiction.)

by Victor Enyutin

A book of poems in Russian by Victor Enyutin (San Francisco, 1983). Victor  Enyutin is a Russian writer, poet, and sociologist who emigrated to the US from the Soviet Union in 1975.

by Nina Kossman

A collection of poems in Russian. Published by Khudozhestvennaya literatura (Художественная литература). Moscow, 1990.

by Anna Krushelnitskaya

This collection of personal essays by a bi-national Russian/U.S. author offers glimpses into many things Soviet and post-Soviet: the sacred, the profane, the mundane, the little-discussed and the often-overlooked. What was a Soviet school dance like? Did communists go to church? Did communists listen to Donna Summer? If you want to find out, read on!

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