OMK Uchastiye Foundation Presents Exhibit to Commemorate Major 2010 Forrest Fires in Vyksa District

The OMK-Uchastiye Charity Foundation and the Vyksa Art Residence presented a show entitled "Nature's Edge: Black Forest" in Vyksa, Nizhniy Novgorod Region. The show is about human interaction with nature. One of the key motifs of the work is memory of the extensive forest fires in 2010 that destroyed 55,000 hectares of forest and 582 homes in 8 communities in the Vyksa District.

The show includes over 40 works from 18 contemporary artists from different provinces of Russia that lived at the Vyksa art residence at one time or another (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Vladivostok, Perm, Voronezh, and Nizhniy Novgorod). There are some works from a resident of Vyksa as well. The show's curator is famous Russian critic, photographer, and editor Anna Petrova.

Using art, sculpture, and photography, the artists were able to convey the diversity of nature: from a source of inspiration to a formidable force of the elements. The show can be viewed at the Vyksa Steel Works history museum, at OMKCafe, and at the Vyksa Art Residence through January 11, 2022.

The show was inaugurated by OMK Board Chair Anatoly Sedykh, OMK Uchastiye Foundation executive Irina Sedykh, Director of Nizhniy Novgorod Regional Institute for Urban Environment Development Darya Shorina, Managing Director of OMK's Vyksa Facility Alexander Barykov, Deputy Local Chief Executive for Vyksa Oxana Gabdrakhimova, Director of the Municipal Authority for Civil Defense, Emergency Management, Fire Safety, and Mobilization Igor Sholokhov, fire fighters, employees from OMK's Vyksa facility, and other town residents involved in fighting the forest fires of 2010.

"During those difficult days, thousands of people came out to fight the fires. Today, we can take a broader look at the elements through artists' eyes. Work at the Vyksa art residence gave the artists new ideas for creative analysis, such as what is this nature that we inhabit, what it is to us and what we are to it. The artists created extraordinary works of art that were not at all similar to one another. The show is worth several visits because you can find something of interest, something new, and something unexplored here every time," noted OMK-Uchastiye Charity Foundation Supervisory Board Chair Irina Sedykh.

"Contemporary artists derive inspiration from the issues of human interaction with nature ever more frequently these days highlighting environmental issues. The natural environment is a home we all occupy and that we must make work. It is very fortunate that the OMK-Uchastiye Foundation was able to bring all these works into a single show," emphasized show curator Anna Petrova.

The children's educational program is an important aspect of the project. Children will visit the exhibit, study the artists' works, their painting techniques as well as the interactions between artist and environment. They will then create their own works realizing that nature is to be nurtured, and its resources are to be used sparingly.

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