Poetry reading by Anna Halberstadt

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Monday, 22 May 2017, 19:00

Anna Halberstadt is a poet and translator. She has lived in New York since 1980, but was raised in Vilnius and moved to Moscow at the age of 18 to study psychology at Moscow State University.

The main issues she raises in her poetry are Soviet past, remembrance and forgetfulness, trauma of immigration, growing up as a child of Holocaust survivors, living in three countries (Lithuania, Russia, U. S.). She mostly writes in English, sometimes in Russian, translates from Lithuanian to English.

Halberstadt is a member of American PEN Centre, author of such poetry collections as Vilnius Diary and Transit. In 2016 she received Merit Award in Poetry from Atlanta Review.

At the event she will read her poetry in English. You will also hear Ukrainian translations of her works made by Tetyana Rodionova.

Admission is free

Organizer: VERBation translator’s group

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Partner: Visual Culture Research Center

Supported by: Foundation for Contemporary Arts (New York, USA), Litcentr, ERSTE Stiftung and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

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Poetry reading by Eileen Myles and presentation of her collection Selected Selected

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Sunday, 21 May 2017, 19:00

Selected Selected is a short version of Eileen Myles’s book New & Selected Poems published in USA in 2015. Russian translation was done by the poet and translator Anna Halberstadt, who will be also present at the event.

Eileen Myles is a poet, novelist, performer, art journalist and LGBT activist. She is the author of nineteen books including I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems and a re-issue of Chelsea Girls in 2015.

Eileen Myles is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in non-fiction, and Andy Warhol/Creative Capital art writers’ grant, four Lambda Book Awards, the Shelley Prize from the PSA. In 2016 she received a Creative Capital grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. She lives in Marfa, TX and New York.

Eileen Myles will read her poetry in Kyiv for the first time.

Admission is free

Organizer: VERBation translator’s group

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Partner: Visual Culture Research Center

Supported by: Foundation for Contemporary Arts (New York, USA), Litcentr, ERSTE Stiftung and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

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Exhibition TEXTUS. Embroidery, textile, feminism

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March 8 – April 9, 2017

Opening on Wednesday, March 8, at 18:00

The words “textile” and “text” come from the Latin word textus, meaning “fabric,” “connection,” and “interwoven.” Our culture evolved in such a way that it was mostly men who interwove words to create texts, as words and language became carriers of power and law. The interweaving of threads was reduced to “women’s” work, an unexceptional craft compared with the intellectual “weaving of words.” Its function – to decorate, provide warmth and comfort, was synonymous with the role assigned to women in traditional cultures. Despite the technical complexity and visual richness of some textile and embroidery techniques, because of the word “feminine” these works were not considered on par with painting.

This attitude towards “female” techniques is consonant with the attitude towards women’s labor in general. Women earn less than men, and housework and caring for children, which in most cases falls on the shoulders of women, is unpaid and often goes unnoticed and unappreciated.

Embroidery and textile are becoming increasingly popular mediums in contemporary art world. But in conservative societies, embroidery and textile are still seen as having decorative functions and are presented as women’s hobbies where you copy ready patterns, thus having a somewhat discriminatory connotation.

That is why “female” techniques became important representations of feminist art. The exhibition TEXTUS. Embroidery, Textile, Feminism demonstrates how these techniques, by becoming mediums for reflection and critical expression, are undermining the hierarchy of artistic practices.

The exhibit explores this layer of art through the work of contemporary Ukrainian women artists. Presented through embroidery and textile, viewers are offered to read it as a narrative, returning to the original meaning of the word textus.

The works presented in this exhibit and the accompanying lectures and discussions will focus on women’s rights in Ukraine and the post-Soviet space, the issues of women’s labor, and identity in art and society.

Curator: Oksana Briukhovetska

Participants: Oksana Briukhovetska, Kseniya Gnylytska, Alina Kleytman, Alina Kopytsya, Tetiana Kornieyeva, Iryna Kudrya, Valentyna Petrova, Anna Shcherbyna, Sewing cooperative “Shvemy,” Anna Sorokovaya, Iryna Stasyuk, Olesya Trofimenko, Sofia Vremennaya, Anna Zvyagintseva

Admission is free

Opening hours: Tue–Sun, 12:00–20:00. Monday – closed.

Organizer: Центр візуальної культури

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Supported by: ERSTE Stiftung and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation


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Jakob Preuss: Film screening and discussion with the director

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Thursday, 30 March 2017, 19:00

Screening of the film
When Paul Came Over the Sea – Journal of an Encounter

Paul has made his way from his home in Cameroon across the Sahara to the Moroccan coast, where he now lives in a forest waiting for the right moment to cross the Mediterranean. This is where he meets Jakob, a filmmaker from Berlin, who is filming along Europe’s borders. Soon afterwards, Paul manages to cross over to Spain on a rubber boat. He survives – but half of his companions die on this tragic 50-hour odyssey. Held for two months in a deportation centre, upon his release Paul meets Jakob again at a shelter for migrants in Southern Spain. When Paul decides to continue on to Germany, Jakob has to make a choice: will he become an active part of Paul’s pursuit of a better life, or remain a detached documentary filmmaker?

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Director: Jakob Preuss
Producer: Jakob D. Weydemann, Jonas Weydemann
Camera man: Juan Sarmiento G.
Editor: Franzisca von Berlepsch, Karoline Vielemeyer
Sound: Jakob Preuss, Julian Cropp, Stephan Franz

Jakob Preuss, born 1975 in Berlin, is a documentary filmmaker. His films, shot in Iran, Bosnia, and Ukraine, have been shown in over ten countries and screened at numerous festivals. His first film The Other Chelsea won the First Steps Award and the Grimme Award in Germany. In addition to his activities as a filmmaker, Jakob Preuss is also engaged in political work. In 2014 Jakob co-founded the initiative Geht Auch Anders, whereby artists engage with political issues and take a stance. Since 2014, he has been regularly invited to speak as a expert on migration, a direct result of the four years of research he conducted for When Paul Came Over the Sea. Preuss holds a law degree from the Sorbonne in Paris and a Masters’ degree from the College of Europe, Natolin.

Admission is free

Supported by: ERSTE Stiftung та Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

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Experimental music concert Noise Isolation

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Saturday, 1 April 2017, 19:00

Visual Culture Research Center and Political Critique invite you to the concert from Freak Friendly DIY label.

Participants: Jelena Glazova (Riga, Latvia), Ujif_notfound (Kyiv), XAH (Donetsk), and Bobryk (Kyiv).

Jelena Glazova is a sound artist/visual artist and poet based in Riga, Latvia. She works in the interdisciplinary areas of contemporary art, combining in her works image, poetic text, experimental sound and installation. Her experimental music activity field is noise/drone, usually constructed from processed vocals. She started her career as a musician in 2012 and has since collaborated with such music experimentalists as Derek Holzer, Alexei Borisov, Ernesto Estrella, and others.

Ujif_notfound is a stage name of Kyiv media artist Heorhiy Potopalskyi. His main activity is the creation of multimedia systems based on the algorithm of the kinetic relationship between man and the program. His live performances are based on the generation of audio and visual streams in real time. By controlling the pre-written programs (patches) Ujif_notfound, with each new startup, creates an unique audiovisual space, which can only exist during the performance and is impossible to be recreated.

XAH and Bobryk are young Ukrainian projects. XAH is a harsh noise emanation of SCHPERRUNG band members from Donetsk. Bobryk is a project of Freak Friendly DIY label boss Valentyn Nusimov.

Freak Friendly DIY is an independent label of experimental music founded in 2009. Since that time the label has produced over 40 releases, organized dozens of concerts with participation of international artists.

Admission is free

Organizers: Freak Friendly DIY, Visual Culture Research Center.

Supported by: ERSTE Stiftung та Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

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Film screening. GIRL POWER

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Friday, 17 March 2017, 19:00

GIRL POWER is a documentary that presents female graffiti writers from fifteen cities – from Prague to Moscow, Cape Town, Sydney, Biel, Madrid, Berlin, Toulouse, Barcelona, and all the way to New York. The graffiti community is predominantly a man’s world, and men often share the view that graffiti – namely the illegal kind – is not for girls. And yet women have become increasingly more emancipated in recent years; there are female graffiti shows, magazines, and websites. Girl Power captures the stories of ladies who have succeeded in the male graffiti world.

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Directors: Sany, Jan Zajíček

Awards:
Filmový festival Finále Plzeň (2016)

The film will be shown in the original language with Ukrainian subtitles.

About directors:

Sany studied Marketing Communication. She actively participates in organizing cultural events in Prague and abroad. She has produced several big festivals. She is one of the few active graffiti writers in the Czech Republic. She has devoted herself to graffiti for 14 years.

Movie director, animator, and editor Jan Zajíček studied Animation and Direction at the Film and TV School at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He has composed the music for several movies, edited documentary films and feature film trailers. He has created a broad range of animated and live action TV spots and jingles. He was one of the pioneers of the Czech graffiti scene at the beginning of the 1990s.

Admission is free

Organizer: International Festival of Film and Urbanism “86”

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Partner: Visual Culture Research Center

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Supported by: ERSTE Stiftung та Charles Stewart Mott Foundation


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Presentation series and discussion Female Handwork

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Saturday, 18 March 2017, 16:00

Female Handwork is a series of short lectures, in which the speakers will present sociological and historical aspects of female labour in mass textile production, as well as in creative individual work.

Sociologist Oksana Dutchak will present her research “Brand Clothes Made in Ukraine: Pay and Labour Conditions for Female Clothing Factories Workers.”

Historian Olha Martynyuk will talk about the tragedy at “Chernihiv Wool” enterprise and how its workers were assigned a liquidator status, in her contribution “1986 Radioactive Wool Sorters.”

Curator and gender researcher from Minsk Iryna Solomatina will tell the story of the recently unknown Belorussian folk artist with an unusual talent and biography: “‘Dyvany-Malyavanki’ by a Belorussian Artist Alyona Kish (1896(?)–1949): Between the Oblivion and Recognition.”

An artist Anna Sorokovaya in her presentation “Military Handicraft” will share the stories about different forms of textile handwork during the World War I and II, as well as in the present time.

The event will take place within the framework of the exhibition TEXTUS. Embroidery, Textile, Feminism.

Admission is free

Organizer: Visual Culture Research Center

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Supported by: ERSTE Stiftung and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation


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Artist talk by Uta Kilter

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Monday, 20 March 2017, 19:00

The 1990s in “Uta Situation”

An artist, performer, researcher, and art critic, Uta Kilter has been making the “Uta Situation” TV show about contemporary art for 25 years. The weekly show included reviews of the exhibitions, taking place in Kyiv, Lviv, and most of all, in Odessa during the two decades. At the meeting Uta Kilter will present her video archive, tell about her experience in creating authorial TV show, share memories and thoughts about Ukrainian artistic process in the 1990s.

“These are the businessmen for whom the 90s were ‘stormy’, but for us, artists, they were ‘brave’. These were the glorious years! Yes! We used to work to the point of exhaustion, without sleep, without money: everything, that was made, was made in the flush of enthusiasm! We traveled a lot, brought information and shared it. It was a passage/method from Europe to Ukraine, not the other way round.”

Uta Kilter is an artist, actor, curator, art critic, journalist, and researcher. She was born in Kyiv. She studied in Kyiv Choreographic College. She is a graduate of the department of philosophy at Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University. Since the beginning of 1990s she has been creating the “Uta Situation” TV show. She lives and works in Odessa.

Admission is free

Supported by: ERSTE Stiftung та Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

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Lecture and workshop on craftivism by Sofia Tocar

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Saturday, 11 March 2017, 18:00
Sunday, 12 March 2017, 15:00

Thread and needle are integral elements of civilization development, still relevant today. In the same time, textile has traditionally been considered a female work. In her book The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine, art historian and psychotherapist Rozsika Parker argues, that exploring the history of embroidery means exploring the history of a woman.

Saturday lecture Thread and Needle by Sofia Tocar will answer the question, why textile and female creativity are so closely related, as well as why we differentiate between “high” and “low” art. The lecturer will follow the history of textile production as art and social phenomenon in its close relation to social status of women.

Craftivism (craft+activism=craftivism) counters our traditional views on the role of male and female handicraft by pointing out that the personal can be social and embroidery can be a form of a protest, which inspires and supports those who participate. In craftivism, collectivity and solidarity are important as part of a “small protests” creation process, taking place with the help of needles, threads, and knitting needles.

Sunday workshop by Sofia Tocar will consist of an introductory theoretical part about the history and role of craftivism in social protest, as well as of practical part, too.

Sofia Tocar is a researcher, curator of a residence program for artists from Eastern Europe and Central Asia in Prague. She was born in Moldova in 1990 and has lived in Prague since 2010, where she studies at Master’s Program in art history at Charles University. She explores the use of textile in contemporary art and activism, mainly in feminist movements.

The lecture and workshop will take place within the framework of the exhibition TEXTUS. Embroidery, Textile, Feminism.

Admission is free

Organizer: Центр візуальної культури

VCRC

Supported by: ERSTE Stiftung and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation


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Visual Culture Research Center Reopens «The Lost Opportunity»

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On Sunday, February 12, we are reopening «The Lost Opportunity» exhibition by Davyd Chychkan in its present condition. The exhibition space, preserved as it is after the pogrom, will serve as a ground for reflection on the situation, in which current artistic expression is now, as well as of our society in general.

The works by Davyd Chychkan are artistic images that found themselves strong in their weakness in front of the pogromists with covered faces. The interpretation of these images requires a complex assessment, a nuanced commentary, a thoughtful critique, and aesthetic sensibility. The reopened exhibition points to its return to the territory of intellectual interaction and reflection, from which it was ousted by the act of barbaric violence. It is thus the only way to discover its real political meaning.

At that, remaining on the positions of open-mindedness and enlightenment, freedom of speech and autonomy of artistic work, we suggest to look critically at the social landscape of post-Maidan and the opportunity of not losing the guidelines that were defined during Maidan. The savagery of pogrom implies the essence of «anti-Maidan»: the social darkness that cannot be allowed to occupy the Ukrainian public space. 

We are reopening the exhibition with a lecture by Ukrainian lawyer and human rights advocate Ksenia Prokonova, taking place on Sunday, February 12, at 16:00. Addressing artists, cultural institutions and human rights activists, the lecture will consider potential legal actions in cases of attacks and destruction of artworks.

Ksenia Prokonova is a lawyer, Head of the Dispute Management Practice.

Focusing on war and the post-Maidan situation in Ukraine, «The Lost Opportunity» exhibition by Davyd Chichkan opened on Thursday, February 2. It poses the questions that have been in the air for more than three years: what was this event, and what it could have become? According to the author, Maidan is a lost opportunity for the Ukrainian society to accomplish a social revolution, which would mean not only to defend dignity, but rather finally gain dignified living conditions. In his series of graphic works, the artist discovers the causes and speaks about the consequences of this loss, one of which is the so-called “decommunization” – a paradoxical phenomenon which shapes the traits of counterrevolution in the context of political ignorance.

We remind that on Tuesday, February 7, at 17:40, 14 people broke into Visual Culture Research Center, inflicted injuries on the security guard, destroyed the exhibition «The Lost Opportunity» by Davyd Chychkan, and stole four artworks.

The exhibition will be open till February 26. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 14:00 to 20:00. Closed on Monday.

Admission is free.

Organized by Visual Culture Research Center

VCRC

Supported by: ERSTE Stiftung and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation


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