Tiare Ribeaux was the American Arts Incubator artist for Kyiv, Ukraine in partnership with IZOLYATSIA Platform for Cultural Initiatives over the month of March, 2018. She led new media workshops and projects with over 30 Ukrainian artists focusing on cultural identity and environment, which culminated in the showcase and exhibition Emergent Tributaries at IZOLYATSIA from March 29 - April 12, 2018.
Her personal project focused on the Dnipro river, which has historically played a central role in shaping the landscape and cities alongside it in Ukraine: as an ancient trade route for goods and supplies, a place for cultural exchange and gatherings, and a provider of energy through hydroelectricity. The river also provides the country with drinking water, and has been experiencing high levels of pollution through harmful algal blooms, a widespread phenomenon caused by toxic industrial runoff, human pollution, and global climate change. The river has transformed from something once abundant with life, to being covered in a layer of cyanobacteria that can suffocate the lives of other species. She explored material transformation through the lens of the Dnipro, creating intimate portraits of the river in acrylic and projected onto 3D prints, transferring it's boundaries to become a central focus to address this topic, layering and juxtaposing man-made tributaries and new materials with ancient and natural flows. Using a water battery with polluted water from the Dnipro and speculative algal bioreactors, she considers converting cyanobacteria and polluted water in the Dnipro into energy; for both illumination and fuel.
American Arts Incubator is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by ZERO1. The incubator in Ukraine was produced in collaboration with U.S. Embassy Kyiv and IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives.