Spanish Steps, Vinyl print, 2022
'Facade' is a site-specific made for Wembley Park’s Spanish Steps, created by MNPL, an architectural and art group mainly specialising in conceptual architecture, painting, and graphics, was developed in close connection with studying the local Ukrainian architectural environment. This seemingly abstract composition is inspired by particular motifs and features of the architectural environment and cultural heritage in Ukraine of different periods, for instance, a widespread vernacular rhomboid pattern, or pixels imitating the traditional Ukrainian embroidery, creating a timeless and objectless mood.
MNPL is an architectural and art group mainly specialising in conceptual architecture, painting, and graphics, was developed in close connection with studying the local Ukrainian architectural environment. The group was created in 2009. Since 2010, it has been operating a workshop in Odesa, Ukraine. The team consists of 8 people, most of whom are professional architects. When working on particular projects, the group is often joined by extra participants.
Visions of Home art trail
Launching in Summer 2022, 'Visions of Home', curated by Ukrainian-born artist and photographer Ira Lupu, consists of six major public realm artworks, that form part of our free Wembley Park Art Trail. On display until October 2022, 'Visions of Home' incorporates a variety of photographic artworks, murals, and digital artworks – all conveying powerful messages to raise awareness of just how the sense of home has been forever altered, from the perspective of Ukrainian artists. ‘Visions of Home’ gently celebrates this peaceful place of belonging as an inseparable concept that lives forever in the Ukrainian consciousness, using the urban landscape of Wembley Park, with careful consideration, as the canvas for art allows the viewer to absorb its power and beauty at every turn, in a subtle yet impactful way.
For ‘Visions of Home', Wembley Park is partnering with the charity fund Tvoya Opora, (meaning 'Your Support') which is currently fundraising to expand and improve the refugee shelter in Lviv, “Vse Bude Dobre” - “Everything Will Be Fine", – the most populated refugee camp in the country at present. Tvoya Opora is the shelter where Elena Subach & Helen Zhgir photographed much of the people featured in the exhibition.