The R.E.P. group (Revolutionary Experimental Space) was established at the end of 2004 during the Orange Revolution in Ukraine. The group initially comprised 20 artists. Since 2006 the R.E.P. group’s members are Ksenia Hnylytska, Nikita Kadan, Lesia Khomenko, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Zhanna Kadyrova, Lada Nakonechna. Their work began with a series of actions united by the name Intervention, which appeared as a reaction to the politicized public space of “post-orange” Ukraine. The group’s subsequent activity has focused on long-term serial projects.
In their work, the R.E.P. group addresses a number of themes that are variously symptomatic of the current state of Ukrainian society – in its relations with the rest of the world and its internal problematics, which are considered universally. These include labor migration and the state of post-Soviet cultural institutions; social stratification and shared mythical images of prosperity; Soviet heritage and the simulation of Westernization, as in Eurorenovation; popular demand for a certain type of art and the individual responsibility of the artist. In recent years the group’s practice has involved conceptualizing its existence as a community. In 2006 the group organized a number of exhibitions, and in 2008 it launched the curatorial and activist union Hudrada (Artistic Committee).