Mykola Ridnyi Ukrainian, b. 1985


Mykola Ridnyi was born 1985 in Kharkiv, he based in Kyiv, Ukraine.


He graduated in 2008 from the National Academy of design and arts in Kharkiv, where he got his MA degree in sculpture studies.


Ridnyi combines different artistic activities: he is an artist and filmmaker, curator and author of essays on art and politics. Since 2005, he has been a founding member of the SOSka group, an art collective based in Kharkiv. The same year he cofounded the SOSka gallery-lab, an artist-run-space in an abandoned house in a center of Kharkiv. Under Ridnyi's lead, the gallery-lab was instrumental in the developing the artistic scene in the region before it was closed in 2012. He curated a number of international exhibitions in Ukraine, among them "After the Victory" (CCA Yermilov centre, Kharkiv, 2014), "New History" (Kharkiv museum of art, 2009) and others. Since 2017 Ridnyi is co-editor of Prostory - online magazine about visual art, literature and society. In 2019 he curated Armed and Dangerous - multimedia platform bringing together video artists and experimental film directors in Ukraine.


Ridnyi works across media ranging from early collective actions in public space to the amalgam of site-specific installations and sculpture, photography and moving image which constitute the current focus of his practice. In recent films he experiments with nonlinear montage, collage of documentary and fiction. His way of reflection social and political reality draws on the contrast between fragility and resilience of individual stories and collective histories.


His works are in the permanent public collections of Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Arsenal City Gallery in Bialystok, V-A-C foundation in Moscow and others.



2021 - "Excavations from the Future". Voloshyn Gallery. Kyiv. UA

2019 - "Wolf in a Sack". Arsenal City Gallery. Bialystok. PL

2018 - "Facing the Wall". Labirynt City Gallery. Lublin. PL

2016 - "Forecast for Yesterday". Blockhaus DY10. Nantes. FR

2016 - "Hang zum Konflikt" (together with Anna Witt). Kunstraum Munchen. DE

2016 - "Under Suspicion". Edel Assanti. London. GB

2014 - "Shelter". Visual Culture Research Center. Kyiv. UA

2012 - "Labor Circle". CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Project Room. Warsaw. PL



2020 - "The Hotel, the Sanatorium, the Pension and Their Refugee's Rooms" - Kyiv Pavillion of the Tbilisi Architecture biennial. GEO / UA

2020 - 24-th Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterhur - The Short Film Festival of Switzerland. SUI

2020 - 11-th Odessa International Film festival. UA

2020 - 49-th Molodist Kyiv International Film festival. UA

2019 - "After Leaving / Before Arriving". 12-th Kaunas Biennale. LT

2019 - "Picture This. Selected Pasts, Subverted Facts". Budapest Gallery. HU

2019 - "Never Again. Art Against War and Fascism in 20-th and 21-st Centuries". Warsaw Museum of Modern Art. PL

2019 - "Tale of Novorossiya". Arsenal City Gallery. Poznan. PL

2019 - "The Forbidden Image / Crossing Lines". PinchukArtCentre. Kyiv. UA

2019 - Alter Media / Transmediale. Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Berlin. DE

2019 - "VUFKU. Lost & Found". Museum of Cinema / Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Center. Kyiv. UA

2019 - "Armed and Dangerous". Izolyatsia Platform for Culture Initiatives, Kyiv / Yermilov Center, Kharkiv. UA

2018 - "Restless Monuments". Zilberman Gallery. Istanbul. TR

2018 - "Neighbors. Warsaw Under Construction 10". Cepelia Pavillion. Warsaw. PL

2018 - 35th Kassel Documentary Film festival. DE

2018 - 27th DokumentArt Film festival. Neubrandenburg. DE

2017 - "The Image of War". Bonniers Konsthall. Stockholm. SE

2017 - "If Seeing is Believing". Fullersta Gard. Stockholm. SE

2017 - "It Won't Be Long Now, Comrades!". Framer Framed. Amsterdam. NL

2017 - "Attention! Border". Laribynt City Gallery. Lublin / Arsenal City Gallery. Bialystok. PL

2017 - "Borderline Conditions". MERES Multifunctional Space. Nicosia. CY

2017 - "Your Country Doesn't Exist". Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Rijeka. HR

2017 - "Postponed Futures". GRAD Gallery. London. GB

2017 - DocudaysUA, International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. Kyiv. UA

2017 - 8-th Odessa International Film festival. UA

2016 - "Photography Today: Distant Realities". Pinakotek der Moderne. Munich. DE

2016 - "Sentsovs Camera". GfZK - Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig. DE

2016 - "Universal Hospitality". Into the City / Wiener Festwochen. Vienna. AT

2016 - "Our National Body". Taras Shevchenko National Museum. Kyiv. UA

2016 - "Guilt". PinchukArtCentre. Kyiv. UA

2016 - "Your Country Doesn't Exist". Art Radionica Lazareti, Galerija Otok. Dubrovnik / Multimedia Culture Center, Split. HR

2016 - "The School of The Devil". Department Vienna of "The School of Kyiv" - Kyiv 2016 - Biennale. Sandleitenhof, Vienna. AT.
2016 - "A Sence of History". The Video Art Collection of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein at Nordstern Video Art Center. Gelsenkirchen, DE

2016 - "School of Prosperity". A Class of the School of Kyiv / Kyiv Biennial. MUSA Museum. Vienna, AT

2015 - "All the World's Futures". Main project of the 56th Venice Biennale for Contemporary Art. IT

2015 - "Hope". National Pavillion of Ukraine at the 56th Venice Biennale for Contemporary Art. IT

2015 - "Politics of Form". GfZK - Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig. DE

2015 - "Imagined Communities, Personal Imaginations". "Private Nationalism Budapest" / A joint exhibition of the Budapest Gallery and Kiscell Museum. HU

2015 - "Beginnings". Gallery Vartai. Vilnius. LT (SOSka group)

2015 - "Phone calls from the cemetary and other stories". Academy of the Arts of the World. Cologne, DE

2015 - "The School of Kyiv - Kyiv biennale". The House of Clothes. Kyiv, UA

2015 - "Our National Body". Arsenal City Gallery. Bialystok, PL

2015 - "Becoming by Recalling". Passagen Konsthall. Linkoping. SE

2015 - "Gimme Shelter - Forts and Fictions in The Lowlands". KunstFort Asperen, Fort Nieuwersluis, Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen. NL

2015 - "Least the Two Seas Meet". Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. PL

2015 - "Grammar of Freedom / Five Lessons". Museum for Contemporary Art Garage. Moscow, RU

2015 - "Balagan! Contemporary Art from The Former Soviet Union and Other Mythical Places". Momentum / Nordwind Festival. Berlin. DE

2014 - "Through Maidan and Beyond". Architekturzentrum Wien. Vienna. AT

2014 - "Lockout". Visual Culture Research Center. Kyiv. UA

2014 - "Freedom on The Barricades?". Växjö Konsthall. Växjö. SE

2014 - "Sister Europe". Kunstraum Lakeside. Klagenfurt. AT

2014 - "Deprivation". Arsenal City Gallery. Bialystok. PL

2014 - "Ten Thousand Wiles and a Hundred Thousand Tricks". Meeting Points 7 Festival, Institute for African Studies, Moscow, RU

2014 - "The Ukrainians". DAAD Galerie, Berlin, DE

2014 - "Shadow of a Doubt". Museum for Contemporary Art Garage. Moscow, RU

2013 - "Global Activism". ZKM - Center for Art and Media. Karsruhe. DE

2013 - "The Monument to A Monument". National Pavillion of Ukraine at the 55th 2013 - Venice biennial for Contemporary Art. IT

2013 - "In the Heart of The Country". Museum of Modern Art. Warsaw. PL

2013 - "Ukrainian News". CCA Ujazdowski Castle. Warsaw, PL

2013 - "Re-Aligned Art". Tromso Kunstforening. Tromso. NO

2013 - "Uni-Ja / Uni-On". Open City Festival. Lublin, PL

2012 - "Shelter". Kunstverein Das Weisse Haus. Vienna, AT

2012 - "Angry Birds". Museum of Modern Art. Warsaw. PL (SOSka group)

2012 - "The False Calculations Presidium". Museum of Business and Philanthropy. Moscow. RU

2012 - "Ukrainian Body". Visual Culture Research Centre. Kyiv. UA

2012 - "Disputed Territory". Khroshitsky Art Museum. Sevastopol, AR Crimea. UA

2011 - "The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds After 1989". ZKM - Center for Art and Media. Karlsruhe. DE (SOSka group)

2011 - "A Complicated Relation, Part II". Kalmar Konstmuseum. Kalmar. SE

2011 - "Impossible Community". Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Moscow. RU (SOSka group)

2011 - “An Elusive Object of Art”. Dana Charkasi Gallery. Vienna. AT (SOSka group)

2010 - “If. Ukrainian Art in Transition”. Museum of Contemporary Art. Perm. RU

2010 - "Intercool 3.0". HMKV / Dortmunder U. Dortmund. DE (SOSka group)

2010 - "Court Experiment". Visual Culture Research Center. Kyiv. UA

2009 - "Conquered City". Regina Gallery. Moscow. RU

2009 -"Wakefield Meadows". Pavilion UniCredit. Bucharest. RO (SOSka group)

2009 - «The Future Was Yesterday». Gallery SC. Zagreb. HR (SOSka group)

2009 - "Rebellion Mausoleum". Stella Art Foundation. Moscow. RU

2008 - “New Print Politics: Post-Soviet Politics and Contemporary Art”. Ukrainian 2008 - Institute of Modern Art. Chicago. US

2008 - «Grabbing at Straws». Studio Guenzani. Milan. IT (SOSka group)

2007 - “The Art World”. Feinkost Gallery. Berlin. DE (SOSka group)

2007 - “Communities. Young Ukrainian art”. Arsenal City gallery. Byalostok. PL

2006 - "Generations U&A". PinchukArtCentre. Kyiv. UA

2006 - «Team Colors». F.A.I.T. Gallery. Krakow. PL



2019 - "Mykola Ridnyi. Wolf in a Sack", exhibition catalogue. Language: Polish, English. 54 pages. ISBN 9788366262027. Arsenal City Gallery, Bialystok

2018 - "Mykola Ridnyi. Facing the Wall", exhibition catalogue. Language: Polish, English, Ukrainian.  152 pages. ISBN 9788364588846. Labirynt City Gallery, Lublin

2014 - "Blind Spot. Mykola Ridnyi & Serhiy Zhadan". Language: German, English, Ukrainian, Russian. 47 pages. ISBN 9783893571291. Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD