Bohdan Lokatyr & Marharyta Zhurunova's "Dew in the sun"
"Our enemies will vanish like dew in the sun" – a line from the national anthem of Ukraine, not only the words of hope for the distant future but for our powerful present. All traces of invaders, all traces of evil and war on the lands of Ukraine will disappear without a trace, as dew disappears in the morning after a dark night.” Bohdan Lokatyr & Marharyta Zhurunova
The unwillingness to settle down within the limits of specific forms and boundaries, the search for freedom of expression, seems to be the thread that keeps together a creative group of Bohdan Lokatyr and Marharyta Zhurunova, that has existed since 2015.
Their artistic practices lie in the realms of different art forms: the artists work in many media, including the natural environment as an artistic object – land art, and printed graphics.
About the artist
Marharyta Zhurunova, Bohdan Lokatyr is a creative association that has existed since 2015, from the first joint project created at the winter land art festival "Mythogenesis". Both participants - Margarita Zhurunova from the city of Vinnytsia (November 29, 1994) and Bohdan Lokatyr from Lviv (May 4, 1993) studied together at the Ukrainian Academy of Printing at the department of book and easel graphics, and graduated in 2018 with a master's degree. Prior to that, Bohdan Lokatyr also studied at the Lviv State College of Decorative and Applied Arts named after Ivan Trush, majoring in "art ceramics".
The main activities of the group are environmental art and land art. The main topics are the mutual influence of man and the landscape that surrounds him. Of course, after February 24, 2022, most of the works created are on the theme of war.
Also in 2019, both artists became laureates of scholarships of the President of Ukraine for young writers and artists, and received a grant from the President of Ukraine to create a second one volume of the art book "Ukrainian Bestiary".
Finalists of the contemporary art competition named after Natan Altman (Vinnytsia, 2018), Second biennial of young art (Kharkiv, 2019), M17 Sculpture Prize: Roots and Pollen (M17 gallery, Kyiv, 2020).