About Us

Оpen Group was founded in August 2012 in Lviv by six artists: Eugene Samborsky, Yuriy Biley, Anton Varga, Oleg Perkovsky, Pavlo Kovach, Stanislav Turina.

The permanent members of the group are (since 2014):

Yuriy Biley (based in Wroclaw and Lviv), Pavlo Kovach (based in Lviv), Stanislav Turina (based in Kyiv), Anton Varga (based in New York).

 

The basic structure of Open Group also involve people for a period of time until a project, in which they are taking part, is running. Group's work is based on research of the interaction and communication between people, artists, situation and space.

 

Solo Exhibitions and Projects:

2017 Open Group. Due to the circumstances, Аrsenal gallery, Białystok, Poland.

2016 The same places, Korydor gallery, Uzhhorod.

2015 1000-km View. Part I, The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015, Closer art centre, Kyiv, Ukraine.

2014 Ars longa, vita brevis / documentation, Dzyga gallery, Lviv, Ukraine.

2014 Biography, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine.

2014 Where is my gallery?, Karlin Studio, Praha, Czech Republic.

2013 Place, Closer art centre, Kyiv, Ukraine.

2013 Between us, Bottega gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine.

 

 

Selected Exhibitions & Festivals:

2018 Somewhere now, Labirynt gallery, Lublin, Poland.

2018 Prostir Pokordonnya, XXI Land Art Festival, Mogrytsya, Sumy region, Ukraine.

2018 Permanent Revolution, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary.

2017 Attention! Border, Аrsenal gallery, Białystok, and Labirynt gallery, Lublin, Poland.

2017 Future Generation Art Prize @ Venice 2017, 57th Venice International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia.

2017 Future Generation Art Prize shortlist exhibition, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine.

2016 NONSTOPMEDIA 8, Kharkov Municipal Gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine. 

2016 Revision, Gary Bowman Gallery, Lviv, Ukraine.

2016 Imagination. Reality, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine.

2016 Indentity. Behind the curtain of uncertainty, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine.

2015 PinchukArtCentre Prize shortlist exhibition, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine.

2015 Pavshyno Kunstverein, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany. 

2015 Air sn Zuiddoost, CBK Zuidoost, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2015 Hope!, Ukraine National Pavilion at the 56 th International Art Exhibition in Venice - La Biennale di Venezia.

2015 Dispossession, organizer Wrocław European Capital of Culture 2016, an official event on the 56 Venice Biennale.

2015 36 shots in the form of bright blue balloons that open up in the skies into splendid green-violet peonies, art center Ya Gallery in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. 

2014 Zahoplennya, Izolyatsia Foundation, Kyiv, Ukraine. 

2014 VI long-term project, Temporary exhibition, Korydor gallery, Uzhhorod, Ukraine. 

2014 If only flies saw the show, does it mean that it actually happened?, Another Vacant Space, Berlin, Germany.

2013 Pinchuk Art Centre Prize shortlist exhibition, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine.

2012 Contemporary Art Week, Lviv, Ukraine.

 

 

Selected Bibliography:

2017 Jana, Shostak: Total Viewer, Notes na 6 tygodni, Issue #114, November, Warsaw, Poland p.118-129. 

2017 Waldemar, Tatarczuk: Open Group. Due to Circumstances, at the Arsenal Gallery in Białystok, Magazine Szum, Warsaw, Poland.

2017 Valeriya, Lukyanecz & Kateryna, Nosko: ‘Where is the curatorial, IST Publishing, Kyiv, Ukraine, p. 18-38.

2017 Bjorn, Geldhof & Anna, Smolak: "Future Generation Art Prize @ Venice 2017", 57th Venice International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, Italy, p. 22-23 (exhibition catalogue).

2016 Indentity. Behind the curtain of uncertainty, Latvian Center for Contemporary Art, p. 112-113 (exhibition catalogue).

2016 Protocollum, Global Perspectives on Visual Vocabulary 2015/16, Berlin, Germany, p.275-277.

2016 Ukrainian Cross-Section, Wrocław European Capital of Culture 2016, Wroclaw, Poland, p.92-95 (exhibition catalogue).

2016 Daria, Skok: Group of dependence of the antisystem. Dependence degreein gallery Awangarda, BWA, Magazine Szum, Warsaw, Poland.

2015 Mihal, Bieniek & Malgozata, Misniakiewicz: Dispossession, Wrocław European Capital of Culture 2016, Wroclaw, Poland. p140-151 (exhibition catalogue).

2015 Bjorn, Geldhof: Hope!, Ukraine National Pavilion at the 56 th International Art Exhibition in Venice - La Biennale di Venezia, Italy, p. 22-23 (exhibition catalogue).

2015 Deys of Performance art in Lviv 2008-2014, lviv, Ukraine, p. 142-143 (exhibition catalogue).

 

 

Publications:

2016  Open Group: Dependence Degree, Collective Practices of Young Ukrainian Artists

2000-2016, © Biuro Festiwalowe Impart 2016, Wrocław, Poland, ISBN: 978-83-946924-8-3, 500 copies.

 

 

Curatorial Projects:

2019 Just do not tell Slava yet, Museum of Contemporary Art, Kherson, Ukraine.

2016 Dependence Degree, Collective Practices of Young Ukrainian Artists 2000-2016, European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016, Awangarda gallery BWA Wrocław, Poland.

2013 One of the N*, Detenpyla gallery, Lviv, Ukraine.

 

 

Awards:

2015 Awarded with the MainPrize PinchukArtCentre Prize, Kyiv, Ukraine.

2013 Awarded with the first Special Prize Pinchuk Art Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine.

 

 

Residences :

2018 Katowice Street Art AiR, Katowice, Poland.

2017 FACE Residency, Lavra gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine.

2015 OPEN ATELIERS ZO artist in residence, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2014 Futura, Karlin Studio, Praha, Czech Republic.

2012 Granny Hall, Samiylychi, Volyn region, Ukraine. 

 

Short biographies of the participants: 

Yuriy Biley, (b. 1988, UA)

Lives and works in Wroclaw, Poland and Lviv, Ukraine.

2003-2005 studied in Uzhgorod College of Arts, named after А.Erdeli, Ukraine.

2005-2011 studied in Lviv National Academy of Arts, Ukraine.

Residencies:

2014 Residency HYRKA 4a, Verhne Sinevidne, Lviv region, Ukraine.

2012 Granny Hall, Samiylychi, Volyn region, Ukraine. 

2012 Scholarship from Minister of Culture of Poland "Gaude Polonia", Warsaw, Poland (curator Janush Balduga).

Important events:

2013 Co-founder of Efremova26 Gallery, Lviv, Ukraine.

2011 Co-founder of Detenpyla Gallery, Lviv, Ukraine.

Anton Varga, (b. 1989, UA)

Lives and works in New York, USA and Lviv, Ukraine.

From 2018 studying in City University of New York, Hunter College 

2006-2010 studied in Transcarpathian Art Institute, Graphics Design department, Ukraine.

2010-2012 studied in Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts, Ukraine.

Residencies:

2015 Scholarship from Minister of Culture of Poland "Gaude Polonia".

2014 Residency HYRKA 4a, Verhne Sinevidne, Lviv region, Ukraine.

2012 Granny Hall, Samiylychi, Volyn region, Ukraine. 

Pavlo Kovach, (b. 1987, UA)

Lives and works in Lviv, Ukraine.

2003-2005 studied in Uzhgorod College of Arts, named after А.Erdeli, Ukraine. 

2005-2011 studied in Lviv National Academy of Arts, Ukraine.

Residencies:

2018 Scholarship from Minister of Culture of Poland "Gaude Polonia(curator Miroslaw Balka).

2012 Scholarship from Minister of Culture of Poland "Gaude Polonia" (curator Janush Balduga).

Awards:

2018 Festival  IN-OUT, Gdańsk, Poland (second placе).

2012 The winner of the competition for young Ukrainian artists MUHI-2012 (2nd place).

Important events:

2013 Co-founder of Efremova26 Gallery, Lviv, Ukraine.

2011 Co-founder of Detenpyla Gallery, Lviv, Ukraine.

Stanislav Turinа, (b. 1988, UA) 

Lives and works  in Kyiv, Ukraine.

2005-2011 studied in Lviv National Academy of Arts, Ukraine.

Residencies:

2014 Residency HYRKA 4a, Verhne Sinevidne, Lviv region, Ukraine.

2012 Granny Hall, Samiylychi, Volyn region, Ukraine.

Important events:

2013 Co-founder of Efremova26 Gallery, Lviv, Ukraine.

2011 Co-founder of Detenpyla Gallery, Lviv, Ukraine.

2010 Member club black circle club.

2006 Member and co-founder of Team CAR.