WHW Akademija - 4th Generation

          Karpenko-Karyy National University – Film study
             2021 – 2025

           Kyiv Academy of Media Arts - Contemporary Art

           2019 - 2021    
           Bila Tserkva Pedagogical College - Teacher of Fine Arts 
           2016 – 2020

           PinchukArtCentre Prize 2022 - shortlist
           Prince Claus Seed Award
           Future Photo Days - shortlist
Personal exhibitions
           Yellow cross, Municipal gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Selected group exhibitions and screenings
          Battle Cry, Galerie Nord | Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany. (upcoming)
         Survival Art Review XX, Pharmacy Institute of the Medical Academy, Wroclaw, Poland.
         Fokus Ukraine, PROGR, Bern, Switzerland.
         VIDEOCITY presents: EYE/VIEW II, e-billboard, Congress Center Basel, Switzerland.
         Nachhause, Pop-Up exhibition (curated by Anastasia Khlestova), Graz, Austria.
Gotta decide today, Voloshyn Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine
                  I don't feel [free to do] what I want, < rotor > centre for contemporary art, Graz, Austria.
           Understood you, Artsvit, Dnipro, Ukraine.
           Where is revolution?, KAMA Artist's Studio, Kyiv, Ukraine.

           I don't feel [free to do] what I want, Municipal gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine.

           Entropia, Metaculture, Kyiv, Ukraine,
           Climate Emergency Movement, Metaculture, Kyiv, Ukraine.
           We are there, where we were going. A reverse look into tomorrow, Pasinger Fabrik, Munich, Germany.

           How important it is to be serious, Municipal gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Я SINоптик, Cultural space AkT, Kyiv, Ukraine.
           Exposure, Cultural space AkT, Kyiv, Ukraine.
           Face Art - Face Future, BURSA gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine

           Budapest Gallery AIR, Budapest, Hungary.
           KAIR, Kosice, Slovakia.
           Artsvit gallery residency program, Dnipro, Ukraine.

           Climate art labs, Slavsko, Ukraine.
           KAVALERIDZE. RE:VISION, Kyiv, Ukraine.
           FACE ART - FACE FUTURE (video - art team), Kyiv - Kharkiv, Ukraine.

           Grant for support of artistic projects and research from Open Place and CEC ArtsLink

Maksym Khodak

born 2001, Bila Tserkva, Ukraine. Lives and work in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Artist statement


Some time ago you would read here my usual artist statement, which would tell you that my works deal with the topics of history and the ways of documenting it, collective memory, urban transformations, a critical view on cinema and photography. The optic that united these distinct topics was a critical rethinking of the Soviet legacy. In addition, my works would react to the current political situation around me.

But on 24th February 2022, political situation around me became too big to handle. Russia declared full-scale war against Ukraine. When the first bomb was dropped on the Ukrainian territory, I forgot how to talk about art and its problems. How can I work with old ideas? How can I speak with old language? I can’t find words that can describe reality so powerful in itself. I feel that I can use only the words already spoken by someone.

Previously, the main task of my practice was to develop a theoretical system that can find a way out of the crisis for socially engaged art in the neoliberal art world. In some way, that question remains important, but it’s hard to imagine that the neoliberal art world still exists. As long as the war continues, art can only be “art of war condition”. Now I don’t have a distance to reflect on war, but maybe it’s not the time to have a distance to the event that causes people's deaths on the streets of my favorite cities around Ukraine.