Olha invites the audience to participate in her drinkable sculpture to both take it in as an object of contemplation and consumption. The audience are welcome to taste the fermented drinks displayed in the installation. The fermented drinks – kvass, kefir and amazake – are all ancient low-alcohol recipes, kvass being first recorded in the Kyiv Rus Chronicles. Fermentation, as well as dried herbs serve as a metaphor for transformation, death and rebirth.
This participatory artwork was created for Kupala Festival 2019: Lunar Edition. Kupala is an annual festival of contemporary art that celebrates nature, participation and creativity that took place at Phytology, Bethnal Green Nature Reserve on 22 June 2019. Since 2016, the Kupala Festival has shown performative and participatory works by a range of international artists,
Make me a Cup of Tea performance and video installation was developed in collaboration with London Creative Network programme, funded by the European Union Regional Development fund and shown as part of LCN showcase at SPACE, London, 2018