Crystal for Special Occasions is a moment of sharing, open to all, by Larisa Pelle (Finland) and Viktoriia Sviatiuk (Ukraine). He explores the Soviet Union's heritage in Ukraine, Russia and Cuba in everyday life and aesthetics. The works presented are paintings, photographs and a documentary.
Born in Russia, Larisa Pelle has worked in journalism, photography, documentary and media arts. The project presented Star City was produced in collaboration with the Danish photographer Patrick Kauffman and the documentary El fin de la noche is a collaborative work with a Cuban film and television school.
At the invitation of Larisa Pelle, the former resident of the Cité internationale des arts in 2017-2018, Viktoriia Sviatiuk is participating in this exchange. She was born and studied art in Kiev, Ukraine. She holds a Master 2 in Media Arts from the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts TALM in Angers. His works have been exhibited at the Musée des Beaux-arts and Château d'Angers and at the Espace Art Contemporaine ÀVVV in Saint-Mathurin-sur-Loire. She was nominated for the Pierre David-Weill Drawing Award. The DS series she presents on this occasion explores the representation of a woman and her place in society as well as her female identity. The oil paintings were inspired by women's self-representation in social media.
Larisa Pelle (France/Finland) is in residence at the Cité internationale des arts through the programme of the Finnish Foundation of the Cité internationale des arts, with the support of the Kone Foundation.