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Pavla Nikitina

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Pavla Nikitina comes from Kyiv, Ukraine. There she began her studies at Taras Shevchenko State Art School as a painter but later moved to the sculpture department because she was no longerable to only express herself in a flat surface. It was essential for her as a sculptor to learn how to work with stone. Unfortunately, in Ukraine at that time there wasn‘t an opportunity to study stone sculpture so she had to look for it abroad. She was accepted to study in Czechia where she graduated from the Secondary Technical School of Stonework and Sculpture in Horice and at the same time she studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts ofBrno University of Technology in Brno. Currently, she is completing her last year of the bachelor'sdegree at the Department of Sculpture 1 under the direction of Professor Michael Gabriel.The first main theme of Pavla's sculptural work was the study of herself, and in the last two yearsher work has been dealing with social problems in society.The cult Ukrainian writer Lubko Deresh wrote in his essay “Ghetto Guilt: How to Break the Wallbetween “Normal”and People with Developmental Disabilities”:“Pavla's story is a good example of going beyond the“ pain coordinate.” Pavla began her studies inCzechia in 2014, when Maidan in Kiev occurred and the war in the east of Ukraine began. Unableto physically support people in her own country, she decided to create an art project dedicated toATO veterans and soldiers. (...) The experience of working with soldiers has allowed the artist tounderstand that she is not interested in art because of narcissism - much more she wants to be avolunteer in the world of art and devote her work to others. Working with the soldiers on the "5 Minutes" project convinced her that "small steps" could also be a way of contributing to thecommon cause. Therefore, in Brno, after meeting with the theater group for the mentally handicapped called The Small Clownery, which was created by the actor Jiri Prisnits for her handicapped son and otherchildren with developmental disabilities, she decided to create a project that would reflect herfeelings about meeting the theater and its participants. (...)“Pavla wants with her art projects to encourage people to work on themselves, listen tothemselves, the world and the people around them. It is her way of fighting indifference, of wakingpeople up from their lethargy.