Igor Manko

Igor Manko (1962, Poltava) – Kharkiv photographer, curator. Got interested in photography back in the early childhood, thanks to his father, who was a photo amateur. Practices art photography since 1982, after having moved to Kharkiv. In 1984 became a amember of Contacts photographic group (renamed to Gosprom in 1987). As most of the authors of the collective, shared interest in documenting mundane, eventless fragments of reality, aiming to equal all elements of composition. However, the photographer often transformed the shots using toning, which added a certain level of metaphysicality and accentuated contemplativeness. Since the late 1990s involved in curatorial activity, organizing photographic exhibitions, including virtual ones. Chief curator of VASA Project platform (vasaproject.com), participant of Ukrainian Photographic Alternative union. As a linguist, heads the language centre International House, which also serves as a venue for the various cultural events in the city.
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Photo credit — Igor Manko, 1992.

Solo exhibitions

1993 — галерея “Image”, Aarhus, Denmark

2005 — “1993-2005”, Municipal gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine (curator — Tetiana Pavlova)

2008 — “Небесные знаки”, “Боб-фест” festival, Kharkiv, Ukraine

2013 — “Visual Discoveries”, online project at VASA Project website (vasa-project.com/gallery/manko/)

2013 —  “Colors of Ukraine”, online project at VASA Project website (vasa-project.com/witness-ukraine)

2017 — “The Sea, The Skies, and The Black Earth”, online project at VASA Project (http://vasa-project.com/index.php)

 

Group exhibitions

2015 — “Майбутнє Майдану”, “Воля” art space, Kyiv, Ukraine (curators — Maksym Demskyi and Daria Koltsova)

2015 — “Three Intuitions”, Gallagher Student Center, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash, Ohio, USA (curators — Guennadi Maslov and Gregory Rust)

2014 — “Теорія вірогідності”, VII All-international platform “Новітні спрямування”, Modern Art Research Institute of Ukrainian Academy of Arts, Kyiv, Ukraine

2015 — “Практика видозмін”, VIII All-international platform “Новітні спрямування”, Modern Art Research Institute of Ukrainian Academy of Arts, Kyiv, Ukraine

2017 — “Коли закінчиться війна”, GogolFest 2017, ГогольFest ArkSquat, Kyiv, Ukraine

2018 — “Механізм еволюції”, X All-international platform “Новітні спрямування”, Modern Art Research Institute of Ukrainian Academy of Arts, Kyiv, Ukraine

2019 — “UA: Identity reload”, UStream festival, Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria

 

Projects at ArtHouse gallery. Curatorial projects

1998 — “Садистские стихи” (exhibition of Sergey Bratkov), ArtHouse gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine

1998 — “PopUA”, ArtHouse gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine

2000 — “Культурный герой”, ArtHouse gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine

2008 — “Палимпсесты” (exhibition of Bill Devis), ArtHouse gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine

2008 — виставка в рамках “Боб-Фест”, ArtHouse gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine

2012 — “Украинское время” (exhibition of Guennadi Maslov), ArtHouse gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine

2014 — “СегоднЯ ТАК”, ArtHouse gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine

2014-2015 — “Witness: Ukraine”, online project at VASA Project (http://vasaphotography.com/witness-ukraine/)

2014-2015 — “Харьковская школа фотографии: от советской цензуры к новой эстетике” (part І-IIІ), Municipal gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine

2016 — “Andrea Motta: 1st Moments in Greece”, online project at VASA Project (http://vasa-project.com/gallery/motta/)

2016 — “Crimea: A No Man’s Land”, online project at VASA Project (http://vasa-project.com/gallery/crimea/index.php)

2016 — “Alexander Chekmenev: The Donbas”, online project at VASA Project (http://vasa-project.com/gallery/chekmenev/)

2017 — “Сучасні грецькі фотографи”, ArtHouse gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine

2017 — “Kharkiv School of Photography”, screening at Tbilisi Photo Festival, Tbilisi, Georgia

2017 — “Dnipropetrovsk School of Photography, 1970s – 1980s”, online project at VASA Project (http://www.vasa-project.com/gallery/dsp/index.php)

2018 — “Chiara Dazi: Moldova”, online exhibition (http://www.vasa-project.com/gallery/chiara/index.php)

2018 — “Dmytro Kupriyan: When The War Is Over”, online project at VASA Project (http://www.vasa-project.com/gallery/dmytro/)

2019 — “Eyes on Ukraine: Five Contemporary Ukraine photographers”, CEPA gallery, Buffalo, New York, USA

2019 — “Ukraine: In Search of Lost Identity”, online project at VASA Project (http://www.vasa-project.com/gallery/solop/index.php).

Manko, Igor. “When it all began”. In Guennadi Maslov Ukrainian Time, 2013. Стенфорд: Hanna House Books.

Manko, Igor. “The End According to Pedan”. VASA Journal on Images and Culture, no. 6 (2014). vjic.org/vjic2/?page_id=2603.

Manko, Igor. “The Kharkiv School of Fine Art Photography, in Kharkiv School of Photography: Soviet Censorship to New Aesthetics, Part 1: 1970-1980s”. VASA Journal on Images and Culture, 2014. http://www.vasa-project.com/gallery/ukraine-1/igor-paper2.php.

Manko, Igor. “In search of home”. In Andrea Motta: 1st Moments in Greece. VASA Journal on Images and Culture, 2016. http://www.vasa-project.com/gallery/motta/curatorial-statement-manko.php.

Manko, Igor. “Crimea: A No Man’s Land”. VASA Journal on Images and Culture, 2016. http://www.vasa-project.com/gallery/crimea/about-crimea.php.

Manko, Igor. “Sodom and Gomorrah”. In Alexander Chekmenev: The Donbas. VASA Journal on Images and Culture, 2016. http://www.vasa-project.com/gallery/chekmenev/curatorial-statement.php.

Manko, Igor. 100 Views of Mount Kara-Dag. Self-published, 2014.

Manko, Igor. Sky Signs, 2007-2009. Self-published, 2017.

Механізм еволюції. Kyiv: Інститут проблем сучасного мистецтва Академії мистецтв України, 2018.

Практика видозмін. Kyiv: Інститут проблем сучасного мистецтва Академії мистецтв України, 2016.

Теорія вірогідності. Kyiv: Інститут проблем сучасного мистецтва Академії мистецтв України, 2015.