Daria Pugachova (UKR): Shelter for Freedom
Shelter for Freedom is commissioned by Placcc Festival and created specifically for a location chosen in advance by the artist.
Daria Pugachova is a Ukrainian artist who creates performances in public spaces. After the war broke out she left Ukraine and came to Europe to continue her work. Her latest works are based on her experience of war. She explores the topic of freedom and limitation and tries to push people to their emotional limit in order to heal.
Shelter for Freedom was commissioned by Placcc Festival and created specifically for a location chosen in advance by the artist. The air defence bunkers in the Hármashatár Hills reminded Daria of the shelters where people were hiding from rocket attacks back in Kyiv. In her performance she guides the audience through a metaphorical journey during which their freedom is gradually limited step by step. What does freedom mean for you? What would you do to protect it? Together we will find a way to protect our freedom both as an act of unity and as a way to stand with Ukraine.
I will close the sky so you could breathe, a site-specific action presented earlier in Sofia can be considered as a kind of prelude to Shelter for Freedom. The symbol of the net connects the two works: a reminder of how Daria volunteered to weave camouflage nets in her hometown of Rivne before fleeing Ukraine.
Daria Pugachova is an artist, performer and art activist born in Rivne, Ukraine. She studied architecture at the Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture. From 2013 to 2019 she played drums in the femaleband Panivalkova. Before the war she lived and worked in Kyiv, performing in public spaces. In her projects Daria uses participatory techniques to unite communities and integrate art into daily life. Her artistic approach lies in the presence of the artist and direct interaction with the audience in the public space. Her work explores the history of her chosen places to awaken memories within the community, in so doing helping them visualize a possible new future.
Created by Daria Pugachova
Date: 6 PM, 13 September 2022
Free program, but registration need.
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