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How was MOT created? Watch our documentary

The don’t Take Fake team presented an online short film MOT DOCUMENTARY. It tells the story about the creation of the project from the summer of 2022 to April 2023, namely about the last weeks of the art space in Kyiv

‘For the first time we were able to record not only the result of the project, but also the process of its preparation, — the don’t Take Fake team says. — The fourteen minutes include the construction of the structure and the preparation of the exhibition, the release of the DTF Magazine art issue and other events of these ten months. All of this takes place against the backdrop of wartime Kyiv. Yes, the film goes beyond the life of the team and shows the time and context in which the project was created’.

The film was directed by Nikita Kvasnikov.

What is MOT?

‘Module of Temporality’ is a temporary cultural space created by Kyiv-based team don’t Take Fake together with a team of architects from balbek bureau and design bureau crevv. The space traveled and operated from February to October 2023 in four Ukrainian cities — Kyiv, Dnipro, Lutsk and Lviv.

The exhibition was held in a two-story structure covering an area of 417 square meters, built from 27 metal modules. The uniqueness of the structure is also in the fact that it can be disassembled, transported and reassembled in 10 days. Thus, the MOT moved from Kontraktova Square in Kyiv to Maidan Heroes Square in Dnipro, from there to the center of Lutsk to Teatralna Square, and the final point in Ukraine was Hasyna Square in Lviv.

What’s inside?

At the heart of ‘Module of Temporality’ was an exhibition space — an exposition with canvases, sculptures, installations and audiovisual works by 28 artists from 10 countries. The exhibition was curated by Fabrice Bousteau, French art critic, curator and editor-in-chief of Beaux Arts magazine.

‘This exhibition was created in the format of a conversation between the 28 participating artists and visitors on the theme of ‘temporality’, the fragility of this time which is suspended, uncertain and can lead to any situation, because nothing is frozen or final’, Fabrice Bousteau explained the concepts of the exhibition.

The works for the exposition were provided by big names of the world art scene. Among Ukrainians are Zhanna Kadyrova, Maria Kulikovska, Roman Minin, Oleksiy Kondakov, Oleksiy Sai, Nikita Kravtsov, Volodymyr Manzhos (WAONE). Among foreign artists are JR, Zevs, Vhils, Mark Jenkins, KIMSOOJA, Subodh Gupta, Cleon Peterson and others. Full list of artists and exclusive interviews with them are in our special project.

What’s this project for?

MOT’s goal is not only to draw attention to cultural processes in Ukraine, but also to help restore cultural sites damaged or destroyed as a result of russian aggression.

The organizers will accumulate the money from ticket sales, as well as all profits from the gift store and future auction as a separate cash fund. 100% of this money will be donated to the restoration of Ukrainian art institutions, monuments and museums, without spending resources on operating expenses.

Until December 1, art institutions affected by russian aggression can apply for financial assistance from the MOT project. Details are available at the link.

The MOT team raised the first million UAH within 10 days of the space’s operation in Kyiv. More than 56,500 people visited MOT in Kyiv, Dnipro, Lutsk and Lviv. The project fund accumulated more than 10 million UAH, which will be used to rebuild art institutions affected by russian aggression.

Read more about ‘Module of Temporality’ in our special article

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