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CUTOUT Collage: a creative project in the heart of Kyiv

We asked the founders of CUTOUT Collage how we could support their festival and the artists in this tragic period for the Ukrainian people; when they invited us to "speak about our project", the Collazine team did not hesitate.


Olha Syta, Katya Syta and Annete Sagal

CUTOUT Collage Festival is the first Ukrainian festival of modern collage based in Kyiv, that seeks to explore the contemporary artistic reality through the technological inventiveness of the art of "cutting". So we had a chat on Instagram DMs with Annete Segal, who is the curator of the festival and founder of the Kyiv Collage Collective. It all started when a collective was formed in 2021 to spread the art of collage in Ukraine, only to find out later that many collage artists were already active and spontaneously flocked to the page, thus contributing to the creation of a Ukrainian collage movement.


KCC is also an overview on the international scene - an objective that is part of the organization of the festival. The project came soon to life from the meeting with Katya Syta, collage artist who invites her to her personal exhibition at the Kyiv History Museum, and her sister Olha. It only took three meetings to turn the enthusiasm for a collective exhibition into the idea of realizing a fully-fledged festival.



The Ukrainian cultural Institutions - such as museums and galleries - serve as the stage for the exhibitions. A choice that supports the need for historical authenticity and to take root in the present of the trio of organizers - which consists of a multidisciplinary artist, a collage artist, and and art manager and curator. It can already be seen in the first edition, which took place in the summer of 2021, at the Kyiv History Museum and the RA Gallery, both located at the very heart of the city.

In these days, near the first anniversary of CUTOUT, launched on March 15 of last year, Annete tells us:

Before the war we were negotiating with one huge historical institution in Kyiv, and we hope to host this year festival there. For now we should keep that location in secret

This year's call for artists - now paused due to the current circumstances - encouraged prticipants to reflect on freedom and slavery in the contemporary world. In the search for the root causes of this existential dualism, collage is the main tool since - as they reiterate in their website - it is among the most progressive artistic areas with an unlimited potential.



Moreover, while we rummaged through the pages of culture, talking with them helped us add a few more pieces to the history of collage : Sergei Parajanov, the great director of Georgian and Ukrainian origins, was one of the first artists to introduce collage into the Ukrainian culture. Today, Oleksandr Liapin and Anton Logov are among the most established collage artists and their works have been exhibited in the CUTOUT studio in Kyiv, which hosts one exhibition a month, as well as workshops, art therapy workshops, and conferences. In addition to its physical headquarters, the project also has an online store and a radio, which allows to bring the community of collage artists to life and connecting it with opportunities in the art market and the cultural agenda it creates.



Hence CUTOUT appears to us as a living and dynamic project. Annete's friendly and helpful tone conveys all the support received by the international community, including the Polish Collage Collective and the Brooklyn Collage Collective, with whom they hope to work together soon. As they try to figure out what is the state of ordinary life, they are confident that they will soon go back to prepare their festival in the capital.

In the meantime, they launched the CUTOUT merch fundraising campaign on Redbubble, whose proceeds will be donated to