Performance / Event: Pravda

Event title
Type of event
Exhibition temporary
General Information

View the 360 Artwork (courtesy of, made by David Lingerak / Studio DL

Looiersgracht 60 is pleased to present Pravda, a solo-presentation by Daria Khozhai, an interdisciplinary artist, architect, and core member of RAAAF, born in Ukraine and based in Amsterdam. Pravda, a deeply personal translation of the public experience of loss and collective trauma, is an intimate rumination on the uncertainties of our current times and our future.

 Through the installation of Pravda, a 1:1 scale model of her childhood room, Daria Khozhai invites visitors into her home, her memories, and her deep unrest since February 24, 2022. Following the Russian attacks on Ukraine, the memory of Khozhai’s first home suffered a traumatic displacement, compelling her to painstakingly recreate her room by revealing the layers of its own history. As Khozhai describes, ‘This is my home. The home where I was born and grew up. The home that I loved. The home I can never return to. No roof, no floor, no walls are left. Only memories and emotions, pain, despair, nostalgia, and loss.’ 

The walls of Pravda consist of layer upon layer of hand-laid newspapers dated from 1991, the year of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the re-establishment of Ukraine's state independence. Until now, newspapers like these have been hidden under the wallpapers of millions of homes as a means to cover the imperfections of the Stalin, Brezhnev, and Khrushev buildings’ walls - architecture every Ukrainian citizen knows, lives, or has lived in. Following the leveling of these very walls, only the newspapers remain. Through the installation of Pravda, Khozhai transforms these formerly hidden pages into external building elements in and of themselves, meticulously constructed layer by layer, and in stark contrast with the abrupt and irreversible acts of destruction.

Considering questions such as ‘How do you commemorate or memorialize the absent or missing?’, the work incites us to fill the space with our own reflections, memories and relationships to the past in our present. ‘Pravda’, the title of Khozhai’s exhibition, as well as a historically instrumental newspaper, translates to ‘truth’. The Pravda newspaper was established and led by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and is well-known as a widely distributed and extremely powerful agent of propaganda during the Soviet period. As the work uncovers these pages from the past, it illustrates a deeper visibility of history and exposes the truth that lies behind it.

Khozhai uses her personal history in her work as a lens through which she examines the wider position and political history of her birth country. Through architectural scale models, large-scale installation, and architectural intervention she recognizes and memorializes spaces that are fading from public memory. In this way, Khozhai shares her wider heritage while inviting viewers into her home, the landscape of her memory, rife with vulnerability, pain and displacement.

Accompanying this immersive installation will be three unique talks and discussions surrounding the topics of ‘Art in Grief’, ‘Intergenerational Trauma’ and ‘Atmospheres of Stress’ with guest speakers, Prof. dr. Erik Rietveld and Geerteke van Lierop, Dr. Anja Novak, and David Habets.


Date Type Time Venue/Location Location/Venue not listed
Participant Role (DNA)