Maria Prymachenko exhibition at Mystetskyi Arsenal. Many beautiful paintings under the cut.
Maria Prymachenko Oh this is how the forth block came to me in a dream, flowers will grow all over it and little children will carry flowers and if the monument will be there forever next to it and there will come doves our heroes they saved us, they left us, 1988
Maria Pryimachenko Shepherds Ukrainian wedding, 1983
Maria Prymachenko Shepherds, 1959
Maria Prymachenko Ostriches in roses, 1960
Maria Prymachenko Marushka was spinning wool, 1968
Maria Prymachenko Shepherds Spring, 1967
The celebration of Kolodiy (Maslyana) holiday at Mystetskyi Arsenal.
Since the 16th century women in Ukrainian villages used to celebrate the holiday by bringing a log that symbolized Kolodiy to a local pub (from Ukrainian ‘koloda’ meaning a ‘log’). They ‘punished’ unmarried young people, both girls and boys, by making them wear a log, a craft or a ribbon. The singles got the “punishment” because they did not give birth to new generations yet.
Since women played the leading role in the rituals during Maslyana, ethnographers believe that the holiday may have roots back into matriarchate times. It was the time when Ukrainian women had fun in pubs while men had to do all the household chores and could not contradict them.
In Ukraine Maslyana, as a woman’s holiday, is related to the moon worship and is embodied with lunar symbols, that’s why the traditional holiday food in Ukraine is the moon-shaped varenyky.
Had to carry this thing for the rest of a day 😀