Уяви Україну – Мистецтво як критичне ставлення / Imagine Ukraine – Art as a Critical Attitude
Alternative Hryvnias / Альтернативні гривні, 2021
In 2021, Davyd Chychkan created a series of alternative hryvnias (Ukrainian currency banknotes). The project called Alternative Hryvnias is a continuation of a series of critical works on the phenomenon of “decommunization” in Ukraine. Continuing to research and rethink the achievements of Ukrainian modernist left intellectuals, Chychkan created samples of banknotes that complemented the portraits of Ivan Franko, Mykhailo Drahomanov and Lesya Ukrainka with quotations that reveal their views on social and economical justice. Unlike real hryvnias that depict Ivan Franko and Lesya Ukrainka, Chychkan's “banknotes” depict as well Mykhailo Drahomanov, Ukrainian left intellectual, whose program texts were used to write the Constitution of Ukraine in 1991. With this project, Chychkan once again points to the forgotten affiliation of Ukrainian classics with the traditions of leftist thought and draws attention to their desire for social justice and general economic equality that still remains revolutionary today.