The Kyiv International – Kyiv Biennial 2017: Program of the first week


23 – 29 October

On Wednesday, 25 October, at 18:00 the opening of the second segment of the “The Festivities are Cancelled!” exhibition will take place at Pavlo Tychyna Literary-Memorial Museum-Apartment (5 Tereshchenkivska St., ap. 1, 3, metro Teatralna).

The exhibition “The Festivities are Cancelled!” is dedicated to the memory of revolution and the phenomenon of censorship. This exhibition is necessitated not so much by the centennial of the revolutionary events of 1917 – as by the relevance of a conversation about revolutionary impulses, the writing of history, and the formation of collective memory.

During times of crisis, in a society living through war, censorship and self-censorship can seem like the only natural defense mechanisms against aggressors. While a revolutionary gesture asserts the potential for collective polyphonic social creativity, censorship seeks an unambiguous picture of the world, as if created by a single authoritarian entity.

Exhibition Participants: Emanuel Almborg (Sweden), Yana Bachynska, Babi Badalov (France), Yevgenia Belorusets, Davyd Chychkan, Nikita Kadan, Zhanna Kadyrova, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Lesia Khomenko, Pavel Khailo, Vasyl Lozynski, Larion Lozovoy, Yuri Leiderman, Lada Nakonechna, Deimantas Narkevičius (Lithuania), Vlada Ralko, Oleksandr Ranchukov, Р.Е.П. group, Andriy Sagaydakovsky, Sergey Shabokhin (Belarus), Olia Sosnovskaya, Alexander Ugay (Kazakhstan), Leonid Voytsehov, Yana Volkova, (Belarus), Elena Vogman (Germany), Clemens von Wedemeyer (Germany), Anna Zvyagintseva.

Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00–17:00, Saturday–Sunday, 10:00–18:00.

The exhibition will take place until November 26.

Enter by museum ticket

On Thursday, October 26, at 19:00 the screening of the film “Arsenal” (1928) by Oleksandr Dovzhenko from the “Ukrainian Revolutionary Cinema Avant-Garde” film series will take place at the Institute of Scientific, Technical and Economic Information (“UFO”, 180 Antonovycha St., metro Lybidska).

Admission is free

On Friday, October 27, at 19:00 the exhibition “Market” will open at Zhytniy Market (16 Verkhniy Val St., metro Kontraktova Ploshcha) with “Cybele,” a new musical project by Anatoly Belov, and a concert featuring George Babanski and Eldar Ganeev.

The buildings of Ukrainian indoor markets, constructed in the 1960s–1980s, are unique monuments to late modernism. However, these structures are not formally recognized by Ukrainian law and are thus vulnerable to devastating renovations. The purpose of the “Market” project is to draw attention to these buildings as newly discovered monuments by exploring the history of their architecture, and by reflecting on the contexts of their creation and existence in the past, present and future. The exhibition will take place at the Kyiv Zhytniy Market, which was constructed in 1980 in the so-called International style.

Participants: Dana Kosmina, Nikita Kadan, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Ksenia Hnylytska, Oleksandr Burlaka, Oleksiy Bykov, David Chichkan (Ukraine), Sergey Shabokhin (Belarus).

Curator – Hanna Tsyba

Architect – Dana Kosmina

The exhibition will remain open daily, except Monday, during Zhytniy Market working hours – 9:00–19:00.

Admission is free

On Saturday, October 28, 19:00 at the Institute of Scientific, Technical and Economic Information (“UFO”, 180 Antonovycha St., metro Lybidska) there will be a Lecture “Voice and the Traces of Time” by Oksana Bulgakova, film theorist and Professor at Guthenberg University.

Admission is free

On Sunday, October 29, at 19:00 at Institute of Scientific, Technical and Economic Information (“UFO”, 180 Antonovycha St., metro Lybidska) there will be a discussion “Art Censorship and Resistance Experiences in Turkey Under the State of Emergency” with Asena Günal and Özlem Altunok (Turkey). Asena Günal is a co-founder of Siyah Bant, a research platform that documents censorship in the arts in Turkey. Özlem Altunok is a coordinator at Susma, a platform founded in 2016 to monitor cases of censorship and self-censorship, especially in arts and media, and to raise awareness and create a network of solidarity in the face of restrictions on freedom of expression. Altunok is also a content editor at Art Unlimited, a bimonthly journal of contemporary art.

Admission is free

Organized by Visual Culture Research Center (Kyiv, Ukraine).

Institutional Partners: Avtonomi Akadimia (Athens, Greece), BURSA Gallery (Kyiv, Ukraine), Columbia Global Centers | Paris (France), DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program (Berlin, Germany), De Balie (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Depo (Istanbul, Turkey), Depot (Vienna, Austria), documenta 14 (Athens/Kassel, Greece/Germany), European Alternatives (Paris, France), Forum Transregionale Studien (Berlin, Germany), Hromadske TV (Kyiv, Ukraine), Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna, Austria), Medusa Books (Kyiv, Ukraine), National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Center (Kyiv, Ukraine), Political Critique (Warsaw, Poland), Shedhalle (Zurich, Switzerland), Studio 14 (Athens, Greece), Transeuropa Festival 2017 (Madrid, Spain), (Prague, Czech Republic).

Partners: British Council / Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, ERSTE Foundation, European Cultural Foundation, International Renaissance Foundation, Robert Bosch Foundation.