Odessa conceptualism was spawned in 1982 at the acquaintanceship and artistic cooperation between Leonid Voitsekhov and Sergey Anufriyev. It wasn't long before they were joined by Yuri Leiderman, Igor Chatzkin, the Pepper Group (Oleg Petrenko and Liudmyla Skrypkin) and Larisa Rezun-Zvezdochotova. At that time, most of the artists began producing their first works between the ages of 17-19. These were courageous young people without any artistic education, and most important, unintimidated by the older generation of artists or by the State. They put on home (apartment) exhibits, performances and events both at home and in public. Conceptual art shifted the focus from form to idea and in this way redefined the function of art in particular and culture in general.
But what is unique about the phenomenon of Odesa conceptualism? What distinguishes it from western or Moscow-based art? Unfortunately, little is known about this circle of artists, and what's more there's a wealth of myth and incorrect information. Odesa conceptualism requires more thorough study; the first step is having available material on the topic. Archive and collection publication has become a common practice in large museums and cultural heritage projects. For example, the Europeana Collections
project already contains more than 58 million documents. In a similar fashion, vital to the presentation of the development of Ukrainian art is the creation of open-source online archives.