The Day of Blood is a new project by Nikita Kadan revolving around the myth of Attis, an antic character born from mutations of matter and desire. Composed of charcoal drawings, sculptures and photographs, the project offers a unique reflection on metamorphoses and gender hybridation, from which a disturbing and underlying violence emanate.
" By associating various historical epochs, ancient myths and contemporary narratives, political and personal approaches, and by glorifying Attis, Nikita Kadan offers in The Day of Blood an image of a paradoxical and irrational world, where introspection and pain, wars and revolutions, the ‘unshakable’ and metamorphoses meet. With a multiple body of works and by giving glory to Attis, Nikita Kadan creates the metaphorical portrait of a contemporary subject, probably a hero or a heroine of our time, who suffers from the unbearable knowledge of violence, in a world, where no category is fixed. Metamorphosis opens up as the only possible solution, and the only certainty. "
A major figure of the Eastern European artistic scene, Nikita Kadan (born in Kiev, 1982) won the Pinchuk Art Center Prize in 2011 and participated in the Ukrainian pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2015. His work was displayed in several solo shows in Europe, among which the MuHka of Antwerp (BE) in 2018 and the Mumok in Vienna (AT) last year. Next June, he will have an important solo exhibition at the Pinchuk Art Center (Kiev, UA).