Andrij Bojarov

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Media artist, researcher of Lviv and Ukrainian avant-garde, independent curator, architect. For the most part, he lives and works in Lviv, but also travels extensively.

Andrij was born in 1961 in Lviv. He "encountered" the collapse of the Soviet Union in Estonia. That is how he was granted the country's citizenship. However, it is possible to declare him a citizen of Europe. He cooperated with the Center of Modern Art in Warsaw, The Cultural Endowment of Estonia, with various Estonian newspapers, radio, and television stations. He taught the fundamentals of architecture in Tallinn. After his long travels in the 1990s and the 2000s, Bojarov returned to Lviv and engaged actively into the art life of the city and the country. His works have been exhibited in the Art Arsenal in Kyiv (his art piece is part of the Art Arsenal's collection), in Lviv National Gallery of Arts, and many other galleries in Ukraine, and internationally.



A profound influence on his becoming an artist, was his uncle who had graduated from the graphics department at the State Polygraphic Institute in Lviv. Andrij chose to study architecture, which required to master drawing and graphic techniques. Because of this, Bojarov took classes from Lviv-based artist Marion Ilku who, in turn, had been a student of Roman Selskyi.  For many years, Andrij has been friends with Tõnis Vint (a Tallinn colleague of Oleksandr Aksinin).

In 1984-1989, Andrij Bojarov studied at the Faculty of Architecture in Lviv Polytechnic Institute. However, before graduation, since 1987, he has lived in three cities alternately: in Tallinn, in Warsaw, and Lviv. That is when he started meeting artists who further influenced the formation of the artist's artistic language and impacted his early artistic experiments. Bojarov was one of the first Lviv artists who started experimenting in the area of conceptual photography and video art. His creative method lies in the reuse  of visual materials. He works with already made photographs or video footage from newspapers, magazines, books, television, etc. He duplicates the images, extracts them from their original contexts and situations, incites viewers to interpret and re-interpret the media reality. "He thought of himself as a DJ who is artful in sampling the sounds and sentences, and deconstruct the available work to get a new aesthetic quality" (Shumylovych, "Lviv Media Art. Brief Excursus").

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Works and Projects

1996 — Nemad/Them, National Library of Estonia, Tallinn  
1997 — Site-specific, Tallinn
2011 — Places: 2001-2011, Center for Urban History, Lviv
2011 — 1991, Gary Bowman Art Gallery, Lviv
2012 — Biały Orzeł and Others. Photography. Photoclub "Ч/Б 5×5", Lviv; Lublin
2013 —  Scopic Regimes,  Yefremova 26 Gallery, Lviv
2014 — City Name Game: Debora Vogel, Center for Urban History, Lviv
2015 — Sitespecific / Kohaspetsiifika, Closer Gallery, Kyiv; 2016 — Gallery of Contemporary Art of the Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv; 2017 — Centrum Zamenhofa, Białystok
2018 — Copy/Past, Center for Urban History, Lviv

Tandem/ Group Exhibitions:

1998 — International Art Symposium De Novo, Pidhirtsi Castle in Lviv Oblast 
2003 — One Man History Museum, Museum of Ethnography and Art Crafts, Lviv
2012 — Uncertainty, Week of Contemporary Art, Lviv
2013 — Powidoki/Afterimages, Galeria Fundacji Atelier, Warsaw
2013 — If I Could Reach the Border, Then I Would Step Across, Amsterdam
2014 — As Seen on TV, FF Gallery, Łódź
2015 — Exhibition 100+1, Gary Bowman Art Gallery, Lviv
2016 — Horizon of Events, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv
2017 — Art Work,  Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv

2018 — Flashback. Ukrainian Media Art of the 1990s, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv

Curatorial Projects:

2009-2015 — photoexhibitions of Krzysztof Wojciechowski, Wojciech Prażmowski, Tadeusz Rolke, Chris Niedenthal, Jacek Dziaczkowski
2016-2017 — Tomorrow Will Be Better, photoexhibition of Tadeusz Rolke, Center for Urban History, Lviv
2017 —  Montages: Debora Vogel and the New Legend of the City, Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź
2018 — Experiment! Photography at the Beginning of 20th Century in Lviv, Imaginarium, FF, Nowa Galleries in Łódź

Video Art:

1989 — Some GUT news
1989 — LOOK — (tribute to Nam June Paik's TV Buddha)
1990 — Preanalogue / postdigital. Restless
1992 — 7 Portraits
1993 — …and some water
1994 — Dream (Act I-II) / Son ( Akt I-II )
2002 — Dedication Muslim gauze (Bryn Jones)
2012 — On a Road to a Midday Ferry (after Kaljo Kiisk)
2016 — vallatud kurvid (after J. Kun & K. Kiisk)
2016 — ohtlikud kurvid / dangerous curves (after Juli Kun & Kaljo Kiisk)
2016 — Horizon of Events — Naughty curves / Vallatud kurvid I
2016 — Horizon of Events — Naughty curves / Vallatud kurvid II
2018 — Flash Back — Prediction v. 2.0.18


1. Bohdan Shumylovych, "Lviv Media Art: Brief Excursus", Open Archive of Ukrainian Media Art (Богдан Шумилович, "Львівське медіа-мистецтво: короткий екскурс", Відкритий архів українського медіа-арту) [accessed 10.11.2020]

2. Bohdan Shumylovych, "Andrij Bojarov: Art is a Glass Bead Game", Zaxid.net, 2013 (Богдан Шумилович, "Андрій Бояров: Мистецтво — це гра в бісер", Zaxid.net, 2013) [accessed 10.11.2020]

3. Piotr Słodkowski, "City Game. An Interview with the Curators of the Exhibition Montages: Debora Vogel and the New Legend of the City", Zaxid.net, 2017 (Пйотр Слодковський, "Гра в місто. Інтерв'ю з кураторами виставки "Монтажі. Дебора Фогель і нова легенда міста", Zaxid.net, 2017) [accessed 10.11.2020]

4. Arina Radionova, "Photography is Always a War, a Fight for Private Ownership to an Image. Arina Radionova About Andrij Bojarov's Oeuvre", foto.ua, 2013 (Арина Радионова, "Фотография — это всегда война, драка за право собственности на образ. Арина Радионова о творчестве Андрея Боярова", foto.ua, 2013) [accessed 10.11.2020]

5. Anna Kostyrko, "Copy/Past or Maybe Copy&Paste. About Andrij Bojarov's Exhibition at the Center for Urban History in Lviv", Zaxid.net, 2018 (Анна Костирко, "Copy/Past чи може Copy&Pastе. Про виставку Андрія Боярова в львівському Центрі міської історії", Zaxid.net, 2018) [accessed 10.11.2020]

6. Krzysztof Wojciechowski, "Andrij Bojarov i Krzysztof Wojciechowski: As Seen on TV", foto.tapeta, 2014 [accessed 10.11.2020]

7. Marek Grygiel, "Andrij Bojarov & Krzysztof Wojciechowski — Powidoki"/Afterimages" foto.tapeta, 2013 [accessed 10.11.2020]

8. Vasyl Lozynskyi, "Individuation of the Spectator". About Andrij Bojarov's Exhibition " sitespecific/kohaspetsiifika", Krytyka, 2015 (Василь Лозинський, "Індивідуація глядача". Про виставку Андрія Боярова "sitespecific/kohaspetsiifika", Критика, 2015) [accessed 10.11.2020]

9. Andrij Bojarov on YouTube [accessed 10.11.2020]

10. Andrij Bojarov on the "Open Archive" [accessed 10.11.2020]

11. Andrij Bojarov on ArtLvivUkraine [accessed 10.11.2020]

12. Andrij Bojarov on the Arton Foundation Web-Site [accessed 10.11.2020]

By Anastasiia Marusiy
Edited by Bohdan Shumylovych and Olha Zarechnyuk

Created with the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation