An Art Project “a Sacral Space” started in a Holly Week in Lviv.
The main idea is looking for God by means of contemporary art.
The project lasted during Easter celebration (EST on) from 1 till 17, May 2013.
Young artists from Ukraine and Poland presented their sacral works: installations, paintings, sculpture, video art, electronic Sunday Mass and held a seminar on “religious art”.  

The project is carrying out to change widely spread opinion towards modern sacral art, reduced mainly to iconography with its fixed patterns.


  1. Visual Part – 1-17 May 2013 –  A visual Art exhibition (DZYGA Gallery (27 April -8 May 2013), “The Museum of Ideas” (1-17 May 2013));
  2. Music Part – 16 May 2013 – concerts, representing actual style innovations in religious and sacral music, in particular: an electronic Sunday Mess perform by Polish composer Boguslav Shepher the «Мissa elettronica», performers by Ensemble of contemporary music «ConstantY» UA, coordinator Ostap Manulyak (Church of St. Lazarus);
  3. Theoretical Part  – 16 May 2013 – a seminar and discussion devoted to sacral and “religious art” problems. It spoke: Michael Barabash UA - «Ukrainian-Polish art project "Sacred space". Objectives, goals, problems", Lucas Muzhyn PL - "Religion and new media art" (indoors Theological Faculty filosovskoho Ukrainian Catholic University (str. Khutorivka 35a).


A Crucifixion is a symbol almost the most used and used even in bad way. Holy actions were inaugurated and ugly crimes were justified by this sign. In post-secular times, when a border between secular and sacral has been erased almost entirely (when values stay on a personal level rather then on social), signs and symbols started a new existence, completely separated from previous (initial or gained) meaning. In this senseless of symbols a Crucifixion may exist as mathematical plus sign, or as a Nazi fylfot, or as prostrated body, or a mark on a player “add sound”. Whether a Crucifixion is not yet a crucifixion? Or whether it has suddenly been found again?
Perhaps a monitor should be considered as a lamp, a fireplace that gives light. A kind of different light… It looks like it is a light that did not loose its symbolic, to say “sacral” meaning. Then isn’t it a light that stays a last environment where a new, sincere, instant sacral art could develop. Is it a play of light or play with light? “Play” as a sacral category. Sacral play… It seems we return to Baroque perception of the world through theatrum sacrum.

Markiyan Filevych







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