The ART PROSPECT is an individually designed two- to four-week residency program that provides opportunities for visiting artists and curators to conduct research, collaborate with the local arts community, and create special projects in partnership with arts organizations in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Upon the program's conclusion, artists present their works to local audiences.
Lado Lomitashvili lives in Tbilisi, Georgia, where he currently studies architecture at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts (TSSA). Lomitashvili works primarily with materials like iron, wood, and fabric; a wide range of techniques and media he employs include painting, photography, book illustration, sculpture, and installation. In his abstract works, architecture and product design are substantial elements. His functionless sculptural objects emphasize their own roles and structures. With his background in architecture and public space, Lomitashvili is particularly interested in familiarizing himself with Kazakhstan, its culture, and its historical architectural and spatial artifacts in close collaboration with the local community. As an emerging artist, Lomitashvili places special importance on engaging in an exchange of experience with colleagues at an international level. Over the recent years, he has been a regular and active participant in exhibitions both in Georgia and abroad.
Oksana Chepelyk is a contemporary Ukrainian artist. Following her studies at the Art Institute in Kyiv, Ukraine, she enrolled in post-graduate work in Moscow, Russia; Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Banff, Canada. She also completed a post-doctoral program at the Bauhaus in Dessau, Germany and a Fulbright Research Program at UCLA in Los Angeles, USA. A receiver of a number of prestigious international awards, Chepelyk has exhibited widely internationally including at institutions such as MoMA (New York); ART FAIR (Stockholm); MCA (Zagreb); Deutsches Historisches Museum (Berlin); ISEA 2000 (Paris); and Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna). In 2003, she became the leading researcher at the Modern Art Research Institute of Ukraine and has been an art-director of the International Festival of Social Sculpture since 2007. In her work, Chepelyk uses installation, video, new media, performance, photography, and public art. Her oeuvre raises problematic questions about the functioning of social environments at a time of paradigmatic changes in the global world.