A few years ago, French curators Clara-Pétronille Malet and Sonia Gaspard were captivated by the talent of young artists from Ukraine. Later on, they decided to create the Socle collective based in Montpellier and Kyiv, to promote freedom and creativity through art and culture. Since the outbreak of the war, the collective has been an active advocate to help Ukrainian refugee artists and has also organised various events and exhibitions to raise awareness of the situation and the urgency to act.
In the exhibition, located in Montpellier, photography is the medium chosen to display the artists’ perspectives about the world. Through various photographs, collages and digital edits, the public will get to see the constant contrasts, such as empty and almost ghostly spaces, symbols and contrasts of light and darkness along with some pictures that invite the public to think about freedom and even a utopic future. This exhibition is the first of three events in support of Ukrainian charities and all of the team and artists involved. Thus, today Friday, May 13 and Friday, May 20, there will be a charity sale of prints and posters made by a limited selection of 15 photographs by Ukrainian artists, followed by a DJ set and a performance.