OLEXA MANN (UA) – CODEX
Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 2:45 PM
"Codex" - a comic that will never be printed - is a kind of multimedia project by Ukrainian artist Olex Mann:
- a series of graphic sheets that deliberately transcend the term "series"
- a non-verbal novel, a book with structure and composition, parts, pockets and parallel lines
- graphic novel, as one type of comic book, 9th art form
- cartoon, a type of storyboard
Why Codex? Because it is this term that, according to the artist, best reveals the idea.
"In the history of culture, a sufficient number of codices are known: from the Roman era, where some rules or legal norms were recorded, to medieval religious codices, to the exploratory, guild, proto-American codices of pre-Columbian civilizations, to Leonardo's "Atlantean Codex" or the "Codex Serafini", where it describes an alternative structure of society and nature," says Mann.
Curators' note: The Codex now contains 460 graphic sheets, several dozen of which were created after Russia's invasion of Ukraine this year. Symbolically, we are thus making a selection of 24 Codex graphic sheets in reference to the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24, 2022.
Olexa Mann is a Ukrainian contemporary artist, publicist, curator, graduated from Dněpropetrovsk and Lviv Academy of Fine Art. Took an active part in the Kyiv Maidan of 2013-2014 and the events of the Revolution of Dignity from the very beginning, was one of its brightest voices in the press, on television and social networks. He is the author of many slogans of the Revolution and various articles. He is the author of “ZombieLand”, “New Anthropology”, “Bestiary”, “Call of the God of Revolution”, “Black Period” and "Codex" projects. Works of Olexa Mann are included in anthologies of Ukrainian contemporary art "25 Years of Presence" (ArtHuss, 2016) and "30 Years of Presence" (ArtHuss, 2021). He was one of the founders and active participants of the “Mystetskyi Barbakan”, which arose as a platform for counter-cultural resistance during the Revolution of Dignity. In 2015, the “Ljuta Sprava” publishing house published an anthology of creative resistance “Barbakan. Triangle 92”. His works are in private collections in Ukraine, Austria, France, Germany, Japan, the USA and Canada. A má za sebou desítky sólových i kolektivních výstav v Evropě i USA.