Growing Gunya @ Mediamatic
17.12.22-05.03.23 AMSTERDAM

Gunya is a Ukrainian traditional wool coat, originally worn by Hutsul shepherds in the Carpathian mountains. Providing physical protection from severe weather and animals, throughout the years it has carried a deep symbolic meaning, serving as an amulet for its owners. Using the classic shepherd’s coat as a template, we told stories of local materials, natural components and living organisms. The use of different cellulose and protein based materials in combination with natural dyeing techniques showed the ample variety of outcomes and possibilities.

Role: concept, design, curation
Commisioner: Mediamatic, Amstarrdam
Collaborators: Marjo Van Schaik, Ruslana Goncharuk
Location: Mediamatic, Amsterdam, NL


Photocredits: Justin Knelange & Jiyoung Lee