Art & Culture Projects & Events Curated


Katrakis was a curator of the Voronov Museum of Modern Art, program manager in such museums as Brooks Museum of Art and the curator of the Forbes Art Collection Project. She curated a number of leading contemporary galleries both in the USA as well as in Europe. Was an international curator in major Art Fairs, fund Raisers and exhibits, including Christie's project in Eastern Europe, Art Berlin, Art Moscow, Art Houston, Berlin Fashion Week, Slick Paris, Ultra Violet Art & Film Project, Kings of Pop Art: Warhol, Indiana, Kennedy Art Project, among many others. She worked with Ultra Violet, Roger Ballen and Rauschenberg, and curated private collections and worked on projects with such major collectors as Dakis Joannou, Michail Nikolaev, Kokkalis, Igor Voronov, Lord Bookatz and Capeloutzos family, to name a few.










“Dali, Picasso, Warhol and I” Project, Nice, France




The international film project "The War is Now" featuring the translated into English film "Battalion 24" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vUGPg0y_q8 ), showcasing the real war in Ukraine, was now presented in London! International Project Manager - Roman Couidlie, International Project Curator - Christina Katrakis, film by Espresso TV, journalist Bianca Zalewska.

В субботу 14 марта в рамках Благотворительного Шевченковского вечера в Лондоне состоялся показ документального фильма "Батальон 24" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vUGPg0y_q8). Фильм о буднях украинского добровольческого батальона, воюющего на Донбасе, подготовила теле-компания Espresso TV. Его показ в Лондоне состоялся в рамках международного проекта "The War is Now", куратором которого выступила Посол доброй воли при ООН Кристина Катракис, международным менеджерром - Роман Кудлай.

Благотворительный Шевченковский вечер прошел в историческом здании британской столицы Old Town Hall, Stratford, London,E15 4BQ.

Огромное спасибо организатором этого события Инне Валери и ее самоотверженной команде волонтёров!!!





Maple Leaf of Hope for Ukraine


Charitable Fund Raiser Project Fight and You Shell Prevail!", London

The international film project "The War is Now" featuring the translated into English film "Battalion 24" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vUGPg0y_q8), showcasing the real war in Ukraine, was now presented in London! All the money gathered from the film presentation went to support Ukrainian troops with much needed arms, technology and ammunition, directed towards the Battalion "Sever". International Project Manager - Roman Couidlie, International Project Curator - Christina Katrakis , film by Espresso TV, journalist Bianca Zalewska

Друзьям из Великобритании!

Как Патриоту Украины в Лондоне провести выходные!?

Сегодня в 19.00 состоится Благодiйний Шевченківський Вечір «БОРІТЕСЯ - ПОБОРЕТЕ!» по адресу Old Town Hall, Stratford 29 Broadway, LONDON.

Вас ждёт развлекательная программа, вкусные блюда украинской кухни, которые своими руками готовили украинки Лондона, живая украинская музыка, интересные знакомства, благотворительный аукцион, в рамках Благотворительного Шевченковского вечера в Лондоне состоится показ документального фильма "Батальон 24" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vUGPg0y_q8 ).

Фильм о буднях украинского добровольческого батальона, воюющего на Донбасе, подготовила теле-компания Espresso TV. Его показ в Лондоне состоится в рамках международного проекта "The War is Now", куратором которого выступила Посол доброй воли при ООН Кристина Катракис (Christina Katrakis ), международным менеджер ром - Роман Кудлай (Roman Couidlie).

Все собранные деньги пойдут на закупку комплектующих для производства беспилотных фронтовых тактических летательных аппаратов для батальона специального назначения «СЕВЕР» из города Чернигов.

Гостям Лондона: если вдруг Вы сегодня оказались в Лондоне и не знали про мероприятие – ПРИГЛАШАЕМ! Приходите в 19.00 по адресу Old Town Hall, Stratford 29 Broadway, LONDON

Цена билета: 30 английский фунтов

Билеты можно преобрести за наличные в Украинском Клубе или оплатив на PAYPAL This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. с примечанием «SEVER»



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Наталия: 07988 144 653
Инна: 07890 041 618


P.S. Даже если Вы не можете прийти, но Вы хотите поддержать организаторов - можно поучаствовать в сборе средств на благое дело!


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Reference: Sever (обязательно указываем в примечании к платежу)


ГРИВНА:
Получатель: Алексеева Светлана Михайловна
CARD: 4149 4377 2875 1429
Банк: ПАО КБ ПриватБанк.
Код получателя (ОКПО, ЕГРПОУ): 14360570.
Код банка получателя (МФО): 305299.
Счет получателя: 29244825509100


WESTERN UNION:
Recipient: Svetlana Mihaylovna Alekseeva (Ukraine)
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СЛАВА УКРАИНЕ!



A film project "The War is Now" which Im curating, was shown at the Canadian IFAK Fundraiser for Ukraine in Winnipeg

A film project "The War is Now" which Im curating, was shown at the Canadian IFAK Fundraiser for Ukraine in Winnipeg, on Sunday Dec 21st. As a curator of this international project Im very proud and happy that the film Battalion 24 and the amazing story behind it helped raise a lot of much needed money and help for Ukrainian troops fighting in ATO (war frontline) protecting its country from a violent Russian aggression and invasion. These people are true heroes and to showcase their story is a great honor for me and for the whole team.

Vancouver film project: Svitlana Kominko

Berlin Film Project and Fund raiser: Maxine Noth

Canada Film Project: Oksana Platonova and Vadym Matviyenko

Winnipeg Film project and Fund raiser: Andrii Shchebukha

International Project Manager: Roman Couldlie

Production Editor: Aleksandra Sen'ko

Interviewer: Natalka Laturynska

Production: Espresso TV

Translation: Zenon Duda

International Project Curator: Christina Katrakis






Art and Fashion Social Project - "Beauty in the Time of War", Haute Presents Gallery, part of Berlin Alternative Fashion Week Show Room Project

Opening - 6 November, Haute Presents Gallery, part of Berlin Alternative Fashion Week Show Room Project, Berlin, Germany.

The project is aimed to showcase the elements of beauty in the time of war. How do fashion designers create their dresses under bullets? How does war influence their art? We brought together female designers - one group from Georgia and one group from Ukraine. These countries went through and are still going through a similar war, with the same enemy - Russia, if to be more exact - Putin and his politics of aggression. These designers, artists fight the same battle but they fight as the invisible soldiers of beauty, preserving perhaps the very essence of their homeland, its traditions, culture, motifs, esthetics and soul. Thus even when the lives are lost, when borders are violently demolished and lands are illegally taken - this beauty which they create remains. Because, as long as, the soul of the nation is preserved in its art - its spirit is truly immortal.

Beauty in the Time of WarThese women fight against bullets and bombs with finest silk and embroidery, they stand against the tanks with blotches of beautiful color. How does the woman artist, fashion designer sees the War?! She, who is the mother, the wife, the daughter? She who sees her sons, her husband, her father fight and die, defending their home. How can she take the pain, the anger, the despair and transform it into beauty? Transferring tears into jewels, blood into color, shrouds into dresses, bullets into rigs, flags into garments. The beauty of these creations, conceived in such turbulent times and conditions, is truly breathtaking and pure in its nature. It is the very essence of femininity, at times vulnerable, fragile, gentle, romanic and loving, while still strong, brave and revolutionary.

The designs are filled with elements of subtle ethnicity, retro longing, dream and hope. Hope that the war will be over and that the beauty will prevail. Even at the time of war, we women, still put on our dresses, we still desire to be beautiful, and our men, now soldiers, more then ever long for moments of beauty, filled with love, care and emotion. Moments which could be last, moments which will lest forever.

These women designers - are courageous artists, who speak up via the beauty of their creations, who fight for peace and unity with the most invincible weapon - their art, who create "Beauty in the Time of War".

Fashion designers: Ruslana Zaugolnikova and Yana Zaugolnikova (Ukraine) and Irma Sharikadze (Georgia)

Jewelry designer: Sopho Gongliashvili (Georgia)

Leather designer: Anastasia Glotova (Ukraine)

Fashion photographers: Ekaterina Upit, Volodymyr Karpenyuk, Denis Isayev (Ukraine) and Irma Sharikadze (Georgia)

International project manager: Roman Couldlie

International curator: Christina Katrakis

Film presentation: "The War is Now" - Espresso TV, Ukraine - about the war in Ukraine, going on now, as we speak. War trough the eyes of a woman-journalist, who was filming the war live and was severely wounded while filming. Special thanks to: Aleksandra Senko.

Gallerist-curator: Maxine Noth.

Gallery: Haute Presents Gallery, Berlin.

Project: Part of Berlin Alternative Fashion Week Show Room Project.






Opening of "Beauty in a Time of War", part of Berlin Alternative Fashion Week Show Room Project

This exhibition celebrated the pioneers of beauty amongst a time of turmoil. These are the designers, artists and photographers who create elements of beauty and fight for peace and unity using the most timeless and invincible weapons; their art.

Featuring:
Fashion Designers: Yana Ruslana Zaugolnikova, Ruslana Yana Zaugolnikova and Irma Sharikadze
Jewellery Designer: Sopho Gongliashvili
Leather Designer: Anastasia Glotova
Fashion Photographers: Екатерина Упит, Volodymyr Володимир Карпенюк, Денис Исаев and Irma Sharikadze.
International project manager: Roman Couldlie
Gallerist-curator: Maxine Noth
A wonderful performance by violinist Marina Bondas.
'Memory Gins' by the Alchemist.
A fundraising was held and proceeds from the donation bag (designed by Lacywings) will go towards supplies for those in need in Ukraine, through the GFBV - Gesellschaft fuer bedrohte Voelker. (Society for Threatened People).
Photography courtesy and copyrighted to Virginia Vanucchi.




"9 lives" Project by the Alchemist, part of the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week Show Room Project

The project "Beauty in the Time of War" which will open in Haute Presents Gallery, Berlin, Germany as part of the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week Show Room Project - will also feature a unique art-tasting: gyn which preserves the memories of lives in it. The project is called "9 lives" and is created by famed Berlin artist - the Alchemist, who already got some top reviews in the Berliner Liste - Fair for Contemporary Art and a number of international contemporary art publications. Have you ever wondered - how does being in love taste? What is the taste of longing, of beauty, of touch, of gaze?! Come at the opening - November 6th - and take a sip.

International curator - Christina Katrakis.

Curator-Gallerist - one and only Maxine Noth.

International project manager - Roman Couldlie.







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Posters and Printed Media:







Presenting "Ultra Violet Light" project in Berlin in RAR Gallery, part of Art Berlin Week:



Presenting "Ultra Violet Light" project in Berlin in Eichblatt Gallery, part of Art Berlin Week:



The "Ultra Violet Project" made it to Pankow(er)Leben Berlin art magazine and Art Berlin 2014 catalog. At the press conference:



Film about Ultra Violet and Igor Kalinauskas joined art project - "Ultra Violet Light":



Hanging Ultra Violet's last work of art - her last message to the world:


“Dali, Picasso, Warhol and I” Project, Nice, France

Recently, in 2014, Igor Kalinauskas began a creative artistic collaboration with one of the stars on the contemporary international art scene, the muse of Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol, the star of Pablo Picasso’s play, an artist, an actress and a writer – Ultra Violet.



Their joined art project is titled “Ultra Violet Light” and comprises of the series of works related to the aspect of light itself, such as Kalinauskas’ burning spheres of light in “wondering stars” and “cosmic embryos”, and Ultra Violet’s neon light works and 9/11 sculptures. At the core of this creative collaboration is the concept not only of the “light” as the vital element, but the vision of light, as it is perceived by a woman artist versus a man artist. Two visions form the ideal Ing and Yang duo. Subsequently the viewer may behold both, the feminine vision, as well as the masculine, together they form a perfect harmonious union of light, the universal truth. Together the artists question and study the language of light, which was used by so many sacred texts be it Bible, Koran or Torah. Where the element of the universal truth be it God, Allah or Yahuah speaks through the light, in the image of light and via the light itself. It is also said that he is the light. Taking this ancient vision and concept, and placing it into the contemporary setting, juxtaposed against the mundane and real – makes it even more so innate, personal and immediate. A true form of post post-modernism in action, where bridges form between the ancient and the modern, the sacred and the benign, the myth and the reality, the faith and the immediate, the walls disappear and crumble, the mixture of visions, languages, philosophies collide into one whole – an explosion of light.

In order to understand the nature of the project, one has to understand and feel the people behind it. Who is this “muse of light” which inspired the greatest geniuses of our time - Dali, Picasso, later Warhol and now captured the heart and the mind of Kalinauskas? Who is the woman artist behind the veiled name of Ultra Violet?

Indeed, Ultra Violet is her stage name, born Isabelle Collin Dufresne, this incredible woman-artist is not only the legendary muse of Salvador Dali and superstar of ’s “The Factory” and films, but a true living history. She dwelled not only in the surrealist vision of Dali and in his studio in Port Ligat, Spain and New York, but also in the heart of the emerging at the time pop art scene, communicating and spending time with some of the founding fathers of the movement: Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Rosenquist to name just a few. It was Salvador Dali who introduced Isabelle Dufresne to a rising star of the pop art movement – Andy Warhol. Soon after she moved into The Factory and became his leading superstar in numerous projects and films. It was Andy who granted her the stage name “Ultra Violet”, because it was her preferred color at the time, and even her hair was the color of lilac. Ever since, this pseudonim stayed with her.

She also took part in a creative project of another generous of the century – Pablo Picasso. In 1967 Ultra Violet played a part in his play Desire Caught by the Tail. it was set for the first time at the festival in Saint-Tropez, France, with such stars as Taylor Mead. But no, the list of Ultra Violet’s friends, acquaintances and partners doesn’t stop with such titans of the time as Dali, Picasso, Warhol, Jasper Johns, Rauschenberg, Rosenquist and Mead. She knew numerous historic personalities and celebrities of her time, rotating in their circles, exchanging ideas and vision with such stars as John Graham, John Chamberlain, Edward Ruscha, Rudolf Nureyev, Milos Forman, Howard Hughes, Richard Nixon, Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Marc Chagall, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Yoko Ono.



Ultra Violet


Ultra Violet - born Isabelle Collin Dufresne (born 6 September 1935, La Tronche, Grenoble, France) she is a French-American artist, author, and former colleague and superstar of Andy Warhol. Earlier in her career, she worked for and studied with surrealist artist Salvador Dali. She lives and works in New York City, and also has a studio in Nice, France.

Isabelle Collin Dufresne was brought up in a strictly religious upper-middle-class family, but she rebelled at an early age. She was instructed at a Catholic school, and then a reform school. In 1953, she received a BA in Art at Le Sacre Coeur in Grenoble, France. She soon left France to live with an older sister in New York City.

In 1954, after a meeting with Salvador Dali, she became his "muse”, pupil, and studio assistant in both Port Lligat, Spain, and in New York City. Later, she would recall, "I realized that I was 'surreal', which I never knew until I met Dali". In the 1960s, Dufresne began to follow the progressive American Pop Art scene including Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Rosenquist.

In 1963, Dali introduced Dufresne to Andy Warhol, and soon she moved into the orbit of his unorthodox studio, "The Factory". In 1964 she selected the stage name "Ultra Violet" at Warhol's suggestion, because it was her preferred fashion—her hair color at the time was often violet or lilac. She became one of many "superstars" in Warhol's Factory, and played multiple roles in over a dozen films between 1965 and 1974.

In 1967 Ultra Violet played a part in the surrealistic play Desire Caught by the Tail by Pablo Picasso when it was set for the first time in France at a festival in Saint-Tropez, among others with Taylor Mead.

At various points in her career she would meet numerous celebrities, including John Graham, John Chamberlain, Edward Ruscha, Rudolf Nureyev, Milos Forman, Howard Hughes, Richard Nixon, Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Marc Chagall, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Yoko Ono.

In 1969, she was "dethroned" as Warhol's primary muse by Viva, a more recent discovery.

Although a full participant in activities at the Factory, she generally avoided the heavy drug usage prevalent at the time, saying that her body reacted badly to drugs. She had tried smoking as a rebellious teen, had gotten very sick as a result, and resolved to abstain from drug usage. She would later observe, "If I had lived like all those young people, I would be dead today".

In the 1980s she gradually drifted away from the Factory scene, taking a lower profile and working independently on her own art. In her autobiography, published the year after Warhol's unexpected demise in 1987, she chronicled the activities of many Warhol superstars, including several untimely deaths during and after the Factory years.

In 1988, Ultra Violet published her autobiography, Famous for 15 Minutes: My Years with Andy Warhol. This autobiography was edited extensively and partially translated from French to English by her New York penthouse roommate Natalie Durkee. After a review of the book in the New York Times, it was published worldwide, eventually in 17 languages. After a book tour, she returned to France; in 1990 she opened a studio in Nice and wrote another book detailing her own ideas about art, L'Ultratique. She lives and works as an artist in New York City, and also maintains a studio in Nice.

On April 10, 2005 she joined a panel discussion "Reminiscences of Dali: A Conversation with Friends of the Artist" as part of a symposium "The Dali Renaissance" for a major retrospective show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her conversation with another former Dali protegee, French singer/actress Amanda Lear, is recorded in the 236-page exhibition catalog, The Dali Renaissance: New Perspectives on His Life and Art after 1940.

In 2006, she had a solo show at Stefan Stux Gallery in the Chelsea district of New York. In 2007 she gave a retrospective lecture at the New York Institute of Technology.

In 2010, filmmaker David Henry Gerson released Ultra Violet for Sixteen Minutes, a short documentary showing her perspectives on fame, art, religion, and her current artistic practice.

In 2011, she was featured in a brief article about surviving former Warhol "Superstars". Regarding her famous past and her artwork today, she has said, “People always want to know about the past, but I’m much more interested in tomorrow". In 2011, she showed a series of artworks as her personal memorial of the September 11 attacks, which were displayed in the exhibit Memorial IX XI at Queensborough Community College, opening on Friday, September 9.

In a 2012 interview, she said, "I’m a New Yorker, I’m an American, and I’m an artist. Because of those three things, I had to do something about 9/11, and the question was what to do, which is not simple".

In 1973, a near-death experience launched Ultra Violet on a spiritual quest, culminating in her baptism in 1981. Since then, she has been a practicing member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Books

  • Isabelle Dufresne / Ultra Violet: Famous for 15 Minutes. My Years With Andy Warhol. (1988) Illustrated. 274 pp. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (English-language edition in paperback. Avon Books, 1990, ISBN 0-380-70843-4)
  • Isabelle Dufresne / Ultra Violet: Andy Warhol, Superstar. ISBN 3-7857-0535-2 (German, at present only a second-hand example available)
  • Isabelle Dufresne / Ultra Violet: L'Ultratique

Filmography



Information source:

Wikipedia

Official website: www.ultravioletweb.com



Ultra Violet:



At the presentation of the joined art project by Ultra Violet and Kalinauskas - "Ultra Violet Light" together with the Mayor of Nice and the international art curator of the joined art project Christina Katrakis, in the Depardieu Gallery in Nice, France:



The art show "Sacred" in the Gary Boumen Gallery, British Club, Lviv










New York "Wandering Stars" Project




 




 




Education is the Key Project, Artistic Hall Center









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