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Impact: Artists in Support of Refugees from Ukraine is an arts fundraiser to be hosted by Artsy online marketplace with the institutional partnership of the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago.
The art world unites for this benefit to support refugees from Ukraine in the largest arts fundraiser of its kind. It uniquely raises cultural awareness of contemporary Ukrainian artists.
The art sale features over 120 lots valuing at nearly $1 million. In a show of solidarity, many prestigious artists joined the cause, such as Samira Abbassy, Leilah Babirye, Sarah Faux, Zaria Forman, Jeffrey Gibson, Tom LaDuke, Steve ESPO Powers, Walid Raad, James Rosenquist, and Annegret Soltau. The benefit includes work from notable galleries Winston Wachter, Monya Rowe, Hesse Flatow, Victoria Miro, and Miles McEnery. The fundraiser crosses generational and representational divides to unite for humanitarian aid.
Cultural awareness and the artistic preservation of Ukrainians uniquely defines this sale, as almost half of the participating artists are from Ukraine or of Ukrainian descent. The sale represents the largest international, contemporary collection of Ukrainian artists. Artist highlights include Inka Essenhigh, Lina Condes, Open Group, who represented Ukraine at the 2019 Venice Biennale, and Nikita Kadan, who is currently taking refuge in Voloshyn Gallery in Kyiv, which has been converted back into a Soviet-era bomb shelter.
Proceeds from the sale go directly toward four respected grassroots nonprofits: Razom (direct war and refugee crisis support), Insight NGO (LGBTQ Ukrainians), Fight for Right (Ukrainians with disabilities), and The Ukrainian Art Emergency Fund (direct artist support). Artsy.net will be donating all their proceeds directly to the USA for UNHCR. The curation of this sale was made possible through the efforts of curators Katrina Majkut, Nina Mdivani, and Adrienne Kochman of UIMA and members of the Ukrainian Artists and Allies League.