Oleksandra Radchenko


My current practice focuses on environmental ethics in the anthropocene age. The term ‘Anthropocene’ reflects the geologically transformative impact humankind has had and continues to have on the planet. Today the impact of the anthropcene and the anthropocentric mindset is ubiquitous. The human is prioritised over all beings in technology, farming, fertility, entertainment and the military. My work invites the viewer to contemplate their role in the anthropocene.

Having developed a minimalist aesthetic within my works over the past three years, I aim to highlight the ideas of the Zero Art Movement and the ‘Zero’ approach to disruption and repair, war and peace, and the centralising concept of technology taking over nature. For me, this movement illustrates the purity of art, it helps purify the horror of wars, disasters and our capacity for violence towards humans and non-human animals. Taking the ideas of Zero Art Movement further, I looked at artists such as Eduardo Kaac and his ‘Alba’ Rabbit’, Hans Haacke’s condensation cubes (1963–67/2006), Grass Grows (Grass, 1967–69/2011) which explores the ideas of anthropocentrism and socio-political issues of today. I was also fascinated by the works of Walead Beshty and his work on FedEx, it not only becomes a critique on systems but also highlights the fragility of human lives a and everything we create.

By incubating the store bought eggs within the gallery space my work will help to highlight the issue of controlling the natural processes. The artificial incubation becomes a visionary statement and a metaphor for the anthropocene, discussed in recent work of Donna Haraway.

The engagement of the viewer will be crucial, as she becomes a witness and a participant in the horror humans enforce on domesticated animals through farming. But at the same time she might witness the birth of purity, as the chicken hatched would get a chance of life which otherwise would have been taken from them. Eggs have become a universal material for my work, as they emphasise the concept of birth and rebirth, the transition of destruction into purity, and the moment of “0”.