Russia, stop the war against Ukraine!

During last months the Ukrainians on all squares were struggling for establishing democracy in their country. The protest called Maidan faced unprecedented police violence, repressions and terror organized by the state apparatus of Ukraine. The protesters were beaten, abducted, tortured, hundreds of them were killed by the special police forces, criminals and snipers. Millions of the Ukrainians raised against the corrupted oligarchic bloody regime of Yanukovych, which was supported by the Kremlin, and they won.

This genuine emancipative peoples’ uprising was fundamentally European – the very idea of Europe was reclaimed on Maidan. Demos of Ukraine were fighting against neo-feudal oligarchy and proved to the whole world that the real democracy is alive today. New Europe was born on Maidan – Europe of solidarity, dignity, self-organization and freedom.

On the 1st of March 2014 the Russian authorities officially declared an armed invasion onto the Ukrainian territory. During last days the Russian troops intervened into the Crimea, blocking the airports, media, administrative buildings, settlements of the Ukrainian army and borders of Ukraine. We are observing now an armed counter-revolution as an answer to the Ukrainian democratic revolution, the Russian putsch conducted by the fascist Putin’s regime on the international scale.

We demand from the Russian authorities to stop the armed invasion into Ukraine and to withdraw the Russian troops from its territory! The right to define the future destiny of Ukraine belongs to its citizens!

Vasyl Cherepanyn – director of the Visual Culture Research Center (Kiev, Ukraine), editor-in-chief of Ukrainian Political Critique magazine.

P.S. Please spread this appeal as much as possible.


Open Museum workshop: developing the mission of NAMU

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Workshop “Open Museum” by Artur Żmijewski starts September 10

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Research workshop Open Museum, conducted by Artur Żmijewski, will take place at the National Art Museum of Ukraine from the 10th to the 17th of September. The workshop will be held in the format of a collective research of the Museum as a cultural institution that is rethinking its strategy and role in the society. A group of researchers, artists, and activists, who were selected by Artur Żmijewski as a result of an open competition, were invited to participate in the workshop.

The research group of Open Museum consists of: Volodmyr Vorotniov, Maria Guryeva, Lubov Kuybida, Lesia Kulchynska, Daria Prydybailo, Maria Prokopenko, Anastasia Sidelnik, Mykola Skyba, as well as groups “Open Place” (Yulia Kostereva, Yuriy Kruchak) and “Curatorial Platform” (Lizaveta German, Tetyana Kochubynska, Maria Lanko).

Research within the workshop will be focused on the following issues: How does the museum’s mission transform in today’s world? How do the cultural institutions work in the political field? Can art and its institutions be an instrument for real change in the society?

Artur Żmijewski is an artist, essayist and curator. He is the artistic editor of Political Critique magazine (Krytyka Polityczna). He represented Poland at 51st Venice Biennale (2004). His works were shown at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; KunstWerke (Berlin), National Gallery of Art Zachęta, Documenta 12 (2007), Manifesta 4 (2002). In 2012, he curated the 7th Berlin Biennale.

Presentation of the results of the workshop with Artur Żmijewski and the participants will take place on the 18th of September at NAMU.

Organizers of the workshop:
National Art Museum of Ukraine
Visual Culture Research Center
Polish Institute in Kyiv
Center for Contemporary Art “Ujazdowsky Castle”

Project partner:
Political Critique magazine


Open call for workshop by Artur Żmijewski

National Art Museum of Ukraine, Visual Culture Research Center, Polish Institute in Kyiv

Open call for workshop by Artur Żmijewski
OPEN MUSEUM

September 10-17, 2013
6 Hrushevskogo St., Kyiv (NAMU)

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Open call

Artists, activists and academics (particularly with background in sociology, cultural studies, art history, philosophy, and cultural management) are invited to apply for participation in the workshop by Artur Żmijewski that will take place in the National Art Museum of Ukraine.

The workshop will be held in the format of a series discussions, talks and practical classes. Participants will develop a collective research project based on various aspects of the museum’s work – from its collection to the work of the museum’s staff. Artistic and academic research strategies are equally encouraged within the workshop’s framework. The participants will be granted access to the museum’s collection, as well as other selected aspects of the museum’s work as an institution.

The workshop will evolve around the idea of an ‘open museum’, focusing on the following issues: How does the museum’s mission transform in today’s world? How should the museum change in order to represent contemporary society? How can external factors and agents contribute to the museum’s development?

Applicants should submit their CV and letter of motivation describing the fields of their interest to info@vcrc.org.ua

The workshop will be held in English.
Participation in the workshop is free of charge.
The participants are expected to take part in the workshop on a daily basis during the working hours of the museum.

Deadline for submission is August 30.
The list of participants will be announced on September 3.

Artur Żmijewski is an artist, essayist and curator. He is the artistic editor of Political Critique magazine (Krytyka Polityczna). He represented Poland at 51st Venice Biennale (2004). His works were shown at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; KunstWerke (Berlin), National Gallery of Art Zachęta, Documenta 12 (2007), Manifesta 4 (2002). In 2012, he curated the 7th Berlin Biennale.


DRAFTSMEN’S CONGRESS CLOSING EVENT. TAKE PART!

TAKE PART!

8 – 9 June, 2013
National Art Museum of Ukraine, 6, Hrushevskoho St., Kyiv

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For the past three weeks the premises of the National Art Museum have become a platform for free public communication through drawing. Together with Ukrainian and foreign artists the participants covered inch by inch the walls and floor of one of the Museum’s rooms with their drawings. All comers participated in the production of a collective work of art within the walls of the most honored art institution of Ukraine.

For the ending of the Draftsmen’s Congress we invite everyone to come and take part in the common drawing and dicsussion program of the last day of the Congress on Saturday, June 8th. On Sunday, June 9th at 14:00 at the Draftsmen’s Congress closing event the artwork created by the draftsmen will be divided into parts, so that everyone will be able to take a piece of the collective work of art.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

8 June, Saturday – the last day of Draftsmen’s Congress in Kyiv

14:00 – Talk with SOSka group: «Mapping the Territory / Appartment Exhibitions»
15:00 – Presentation of In-hibition project by Visual Culture Research Center
16:00 – Presentation of «Disputed Territory» exhibition catalogue by curatorial association Hudrada
17:00 – Discussion about the Draftsmen’s Congress. Participants: Maria Zadorozhna, Svitlana Tsurkan (National Art Museum of Ukraine); Lesia Kulchinska, Oleksiy Radynski (Visual Culture Research Center). Moderator: Vasyl Cherepanyn.

9 June, Sunday – Draftsmen’s Congress closing event

Come to the Art Museum and take a part of the collective work of art!


THE THIRD WEEK OF THE DRAFTSMEN’S CONGRESS 5 – 9 June 2013

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

5 June, Wednesday

12:00 – Tetyana Gershuni
14:00 – Mykola Vlasov
15:00 – Alisa Berezka
16:00 – editorial staff of Prostory magazine

6 June, Thursday

12:00 – Alina Yakubenko
15:00 – Lada Nakonechna and the School of Visual Communication

7 June, Friday

12:00 – Alevtyna Kakhidze
17:00 – Serhiy Popov
18:00-20:00 – screening of film «Incident in a Museum» by Oleksiy Radynski followed by a discussion

8 – 9 June. TAKE PART!

8 June, Saturday
the last day of Draftsmen’s Congress in Kyiv

11:00 – Pavlo Makov
15:00 – curatorial association Hudrada

Discussion program:

14:00 – Talk with SOSka group: «Mapping the Territory / Appartment Exhibitions»
15:00 – Presentation of In-hibition project by Visual Culture Research Center
16:00 – Presentation of «Disputed Territory» exhibition catalogue by curatorial association Hudrada
17:00 – Discussion about the Draftsmen’s Congress. Participants: Maria Zadorozhna, Svitlana Tsurkan (National Art Museum of Ukraine); Lesia Kulchinska, Oleksiy Radynski (Visual Culture Research Center). Moderator: Vasyl Cherepanyn.

9 June, Sunday
Draftsmen’s Congress closing event

Go to Art Museum and take a part of the collective work of art!

Changes and additions in this schedule could be made.
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HATRED FOR THE ART

Visual Culture Research Center at The Third International Arsenal Book Festival
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31 May, Friday, 19:00
Book Arsenal, 10-12, Lavrska St., Hall 1

HATRED FOR THE ART
Presentation of the closed exhibitions research project and Ukrainian Body catalogue

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The project In-hibition by Visual Culture Research Center exposes the stories of exhibitions that were closed in Ukraine during the last twenty years, attempting to explore what exactly needed to be suppressed, which fears and anxieties stood behind the acts of shutdown, why art was deprived of the right to be visible. A shutdown of an exhibition is always a reaction to the intolerable, which indicates that art is being experienced as dangerous, threatful for the comfortable viewer’s position. The project was first introduced at the exhibition Ukrainian News at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowsky Castle (Warsaw, Poland).

Presentation of the catalogue for the exhibition Ukrainian Body, which was closed in February 2012 at Visual Culture Research Center that was based in Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, will take place. The edition describes the story of the exhibition, its participants and the position of Ukrainian Body in the contemporary Ukrainian art context. The project In-hibition and the publication Ukrainian Body track the most significant manifestations of intolerance towards art while depicting the most vulnerable points of Ukrainian society.

Participants: Oksana Briukhovetska, Oleksandr Ivashyna, Serhiy Klymko, Lesia Kulchynska, Oleksiy Radynski.
Moderator: Vasyl Cherepanyn.


THE SECOND WEEK OF THE DRAFTSMEN’S CONGRESS 29 May – 2 June 2013

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS INVOLVING ARTISTS AND GROUPS:

29 May, Wednesday

11:00-13:00 – zigendemonic
13:00-15:00 – Anatoly Belov and Alina Kopytsia

30 May, Thursday

10:00-14:00 – Oleksandr Burlaka
14:00-18:00 – Oksana Bryukhovetska, Mykola Vlasov

31 May, Friday

14:00-19:00 – KYIV AIR Artist Residence participants

1 June, Saturday

13:00-18:00 – Feminist Ofenzyva

2 June, Sunday

13:00-18:00 – Feminist Ofenzyva

Changes and additions in this schedule could be made.
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THE FIRST WEEK OF THE DRAFTSMEN’S CONGRESS 22-26 may 2013

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

22 May, Wednesday

13.00-18.00 – Tenpoint group. Penetration
13.00-15.00 – Stanislav Silantyev. New Language

23 May, Thursday

10.00-13.00 – Maria Matiyenko. The Drawing of Movement
13.00-18.00 – Anna Zvyahintseva

24 May, Friday

12.00-18.00 – Nikita Kadan. Certain Cases

25 May, Saturday

10.00-14.00 – Volodymyr Protsenko
14.00-18.00 – Paulina Antoniewicz. Rainbow

26 May, Sunday

10.00 – Oleksandr Dolgiy, Dmytro Korniyenko
10.00 – Ivan Melnychuk
14.00 – Vova Vorotniov & ETC

Changes and additions in this schedule could be made.
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DRAFTSMEN’S CONGRESS IS OPEN!