Mykola Ridnyi 

He is an artist, filmmaker and curator of cross-media projects


He graduated in 2008 from the National Academy of design and arts in Kharkiv, where he studied in the sculpture department. Since 2005, he has been a founding member of the SOSka group, an art collective based in Kharkiv. The same year he cofounded the SOSka gallery-lab, an artist-run-space in an abandoned house in a center of Kharkiv. Under Ridnyi’s lead, the gallery-lab was instrumental in the developing the artistic scene in the region before it was closed in 2012. He curated a number of international exhibitions in Ukraine. Currently Mykola Ridnyi lives and works in Kyiv.

Ridnyi works across media ranging from early collective actions in public space to the amalgam of site-specific installations, sculpture and moving image which constitute the current focus of his practice. In recent films he experiments with nonlinear montage, collage of documentary and fiction. His way of reflection social and political reality draws on the contrast between fragility and resilience of individual stories and collective histories.

His works are in the public collections of Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Arsenal City Gallery in Bialystok, V-A-C foundation in Moscow and others.

Awards, fellowships, residencies

2019 – residency at Villa Serpentara, Olevano Romano, IT. Junge Akademie scholarship (Akademie der Kunste in Berlin), DE

2017 – Iaspis studio international residency program. Stockholm. SE

2015 – Gaude Polonia, stipendium program of the Minister of culture of Poland; resident of the East of art foundation. Krakow. PL

2014 – Künste und Medien Stipendium des Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD for short residencies. Berlin. DE

2015, 2013, 2011 – shortlisted for Pinchuk Art Centre Prize. Kyiv. UA

2011 – Sommerakademie Centrum Paul Klee. Bern. CH

2010 – CEC ArtsLink residence program, New York / Santa Fe Art Institute. US

Curatorial projects

2019 – Armed and Dangerous. Video-series exhibition. Izolyatsia Platform for Culture Initiatives, Kyiv / CCA Yermilov Centre, Kharkiv, UA

2014 – After the Victory. CCA Yermilov Centre. Kharkiv, UA

2011 – Newspeak. Small Gallery of Art Arsenal. Kyiv. UA

2009 – New History. Kharkiv Art Museum (curated within the SOSka group). UA

Selected solo exhibitions

2019 – Wolf in a Sack. Arsenal City Gallery. Bialystok. PL

2018 – Facing the Wall. Labirynt City Gallery. Lublin, PL

2016 – Under suspicion. Edel Assanti. London, GB

2016  – Forecast for yesterday. Blockhaus DY10. Nantes. FR

2016  – Hang zum Konflikt (together with Anna Witt). Kunstraum Munchen. DE

2014 – Shelter. Visual Culture Research Center. Kyiv, UA

Selected group exhibitions and film festivals


After Leaving / Before Arriving. 12-th Kaunas Biennale. LT

Picture This. Selected Pasts, Subverted Facts. Budapest Gallery. HU

Never Again. Art Against War and Fascism in 20-th and 21-st Centuries. Warsaw Museum of Modern Art. PL

Tale of Novorossiya. Arsenal City Gallery. Poznan. PL

The Forbidden Image / Crossing Lines. PinchukArtCentre. Kyiv. UA

Alter Media / Transmediale. Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Berlin. DE

VUFKU. Lost & Found. Museum of Cinema / Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Center. Kyiv. UA


Restless Monuments. Zilberman gallery. Istanbul. TR

Neighbors. Warsaw Under Construction 10. Cepelia Pavillion. Warsaw. PL

35-th Kassel Documentary Film festival. DE

27-th DokumentArt Film Festival. Neubrandenburg. DE


The Image of War. Bonniers konsthall. Stockholm. SE

If Seeing is Believing. Fullersta Gard. Stockholm. SE

It Won’t Be Long, Comrades! Framer Framed. Amsterdam. NL

Postponed Futures. GRAD gallery, London, GB

Your Country Doesn’t Exist. Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Rijeka. HR

DocudaysUA, International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. Kyiv. UA

Odessa International Film festival. UA


Photography today: distant realities. Pinakothek der Moderne. Munich. DE

Sentsov’s Camera.  GfZK – Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig. DE

Universal Hospitality.  Into the City / Wiener Festwochen. Vienna. AT

A Sense of History. The Video Art Collection of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein at Nordstern Video Art Center. Gelsenkirchen, DE

School of Prosperity. A Class of the School of Kyiv – Kyiv biennial. MUSA Museum. Vienna, AT


Politics of Form. GfZK – Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig. DE

Imagined Communities, Personal Imaginations. A joint exhibition of the Budapest Gallery and Kiscell Museum. HU

The School of Kyiv – Kyiv biennial. The House of Clothes. Kyiv. UA

Phone Calls from the Cemetery and Other Stories. Academy of the Arts of the World. Cologne. DE

All the World’s Futures. Main exhibition of the 56-th Venice biennale for contemporary art. IT

Hope. National Pavilion of Ukraine at the 56-th Venice biennale for contemporary art. IT

Becoming by Recalling. Passagen Konsthall. Linkoping. SE

Lest the Two Seas Meet. Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. PL


Through Maidan and Beyond. Architekturzentrum Wien. Vienna. AT

Lockout. Visual Culture Research Center. Kyiv. UA

Sister Europe. Kunstraum Lakeside. Klagenfurt. AT

Ten Thousand Wiles and a Hundred Thousand Tricks. Meeting Points 7, Institute for African Studies, Moscow, RU

The Ukrainians. daad galerie, Berlin, DE


Global Activism. ZKM – Centre for Art and Media. Karsruhe. DE

The Monument to a Monument. National Pavillion of Ukraine at the 55-th Venice Biennial for Contemporary Art. IT

Ukrainian News. CCA Ujazdowski Castle. Warsaw, PL


The Best Of Times, The Worst Of Times… Arsenale – 1St Kyiv biennial for contemporary art. Kyiv

Angry Birds. Museum of Modern Art. Warsaw. PL

The False Calculations Presidium. Museum of Business and Philanthropy. Moscow. RU

Ukrainian body. Visual Culture Research Centre. Kyiv. UA


The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds After 1989. ZKM – Centre for art and media. Karlsruhe. DE

A Complicated Relation, part II. Kalmar Konstmuseum. Kalmar. SE

Impossible Community. Moscow Museum of modern art. Moscow. RU

An Elusive Object of Art. Galerie Dana Charkasi. Vienna. AT


If. Ukrainian Art in Transition. Museum of contemporary art. Perm. RU

Intercool 3.0. HMKV / Dortmunder U. Dortmund. DE

Court Experiment. Visual culture research center. Kyiv. UA


Conquered City. Regina gallery. Moscow. RU

Wakefield Meadows. Pavilion UniCredit. Bucharest. RO

The Future Was Yesterday. Gallery SC. Zagreb. HR


New Print Politics: Post-Soviet Politics and Contemporary Art. Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. Chicago. US

Grabbing at Straws. Studio Guenzani. Milan. IT (as a member of SOSka group)


The Art World. Feinkost gallery. Berlin. DE (as a member of SOSka group)

Communities. Young Ukrainian Art. Gallery City Arsenal. Bialystok. PL


Caucasus Biennale Declaration. Tbilisi. GE

Generations U&A. Pinchuk Art Centre. Kyiv. UA

Team Colors. Gallery F.A.I.T. Krakow. PL