Artist talk by Tobias Zielony


Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 19:00

Tobias Zielony is one of the most discussed artists in contemporary German photography, who came to Kyiv in search of a material for his forthcoming photo-story.

He works on the boundaries between photojournalism and art. He is mainly interested in the processes occurring on the margins of society: boredom, every day survival, latent violence, and fantasies, swarming on the corners of rejected everyday life. He took pictures in the abandoned ghost town in California desert, criminal areas of Naples and Winnipeg, poor districts of Marseille and Bristol. His protagonists are mainly young people and teenagers.

Tobias Zielony was born in 1973 in Wuppertal, Germany. He studied documentary photography in Bristol and artistic photography in Leipzig. Since 2009 he has been a professor of photography at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.

At the meeting he will speak about his projects, artistic strategy, and understanding of photography.

Working language – English.

Admission is free

Supported by: ERSTE Stiftung and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

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Lecture by Adrian Ivakhiv. Navigating Earth’s “Zone of Alienation”


Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 19:00

Lecture by Adrian Ivakhiv

Navigating Earth’s ‘Zone of Alienation’:
Chernobyl, the Anthropocenic Sublime, and
Images of a Habitable Future

This talk will interpret the Chernobyl nuclear accident and its “Zone of Alienation” (Zona vidchuzhennia) as a microcosm of the explosive tensions held together within the nucleus of the Anthropocene. Its first part will situate the 1986 nuclear accident within a series of nested geo-temporal reference frames, including Western and Soviet “technological sublimes”; Cold War militarism and the post-Soviet resurgence of Westphalian nationalism; cinematic and science-fictional “zones” associated with zombies, “stalkers,” and posthuman futures; and the deep time of the Anthropocene (or Capitalocene, as others have called it). Its second part will deepen the analysis of the Anthropocene as a “time out of joint,” marked by a geography in which “zones of alienation” and of resistance — from Chernobyl and Fukushima to the floodzones of climate change, from sites of “extreme (fossil fuel) extraction” to the movement of “Blockadia” emerging against them — become key points of struggle over the future of the Earth. I argue that at the heart of this struggle is an effort to create “adequate images” (as Werner Herzog has called them) for our time.

Adrian Ivakhiv is the Steven Rubenstein Professor for Environment and Natural Resources, and a Professor of Environmental Thought and Culture, at the University of Vermont. He has published widely in the fields of environmental humanities, cultural and religious studies, and film and media studies. His books include Claiming Sacred Ground: Pilgrims and Politics at Glastonbury and Sedona (2001), Ecologies of the Moving Image: Cinema, Affect, Nature (2013), and the forthcoming Immanence: Philosophical Engagements in the Shadow of the Anthropocene.

The lecture will be delivered in English.

Admission is free

Supported by: ERSTE Stiftung and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

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“The Mendel Beilis Affair” performance-tour


Saturday, Sunday, 22 and 23 of Octobre, 2 pm – 4 pm

In 1911 – 1913, there was a court case brought in Kyiv against Mendel Beilis, a clerk at a brick factory, for the killing of Andrei Yushchinsky, a 12-year-old boy. The accusation emphasized the ritual nature of the killing and imputed the desire to kill a Christian boy to Beilis, a Jew. This case was initiated by right-wing organizations (the Black Hundreds) and, despite experts and witnesses insisting on the absurdity of the accusation, was supported by a number of influential politicians in the Russian Empire.

“The Mendel Beilis Affair” performance-tour is an attempt to walk along the vestiges and meanings of this case, to see its history in contemporary Kyiv.

Authors: Piotr Armianovski, Dmytro Levytskyi

Composer: Jonny Fox

Translation: Daisy Hayes

Voice: Daisy Hayes, Tamara Trunova

Supported by: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung



History in Hell. Artist talk by Nikita Kadan

Микита Кадан, "Кожен хоче жити біля моря"

Nikita Kadan. Everybody Wants to Live by the Sea

Friday, 21 October 2016, 19:00

The artist will speak about his 2013–16 projects, such as Everybody Wants to Live by the Sea, Gazelka, Limits of Responsibility, The Possessed Can Testify in Court, The Chronicle series.

These works refer to such issues as expansion of historical museum by contemporary art means; war of various ideological narratives in the common space of historical narrative; recognition of the self as a living archive of different, sometimes dissonant, versions of memory; possibility of the critical museum.

“It is crucial to decide: are you combining information, artifacts, evidence from the past in order to overtake future? Are you responsible for a particular project of the future, so you twist and manipulate the past, shown in the museum, in the name of this future? Is your responsibility not related to the future, but you are, by contrast, highly responsible before the museum matter? Is this matter instrumentalized for external purposes? Or is its truth and sameness a goal in itself? Maybe, the museum is a goal in itself?” – Nikita Kadan in conversation with Larysa Babiy.

Admission is free

Nikita Kadan was born in Kyiv in 1982. In 2007 he graduated from the National Academy of Fine Art and Architecture. He is a member of R.E.P. group and curatorial and activist group Hudrada. He participated in the 14th Istanbul Biennial, 56th Venice Biennial (Ukrainian pavilion). His works are part of such collections as Pinakothek der Moderne (Munich), M HKA (Antwerp), MUMOK (Vienna), Military History Museum (Dresden), Galeria Arsenal (Bialystok). He lives and works in Kyiv.

The talk will take place within the framework of A Visit from Ghosts exhibition.

Supported by: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung



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Presentation of the book A – Art. F – Feminism. Essential Dictionary


Friday, 14 October 2016, 19:00

International art project A – Art. F – Feminism, supported by Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung in Moscow, took place in 2015. It resulted in an experiment of creating a dictionary, which would comprehend the relation of art, feminism, society, critique and practice, and offer to define notions through artists’ personal experience.

The dictionary consists of 49 terms and notions offered by the authors from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia. Its topics are: gender stereotypes; exclusion of women; motherhood; self-consciousness; corporeal identity; power and resistance; emotional, physical, reproductive violence; self-realization; woman and feminism in culture; positioning of women in art sphere and beyond.

Presentation participants: Marina Vinnik and Olena Bezrukova. Moderated by Oksana Briukhovetska.

Free copies of the book will be available at the presentation.

Admission is free

Supported by Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Ukraine



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Premiere screening of the film SNAILS (director’s cut) by Maryna Vroda


Saturday, 15 October 2016, 19:00

Snails. A never-ending walk of two friends through the landscapes of post-Soviet country. Who will win: landscape, or guys?

“One of the characters is back from Kyiv to his home grounds. At first glance, it might seem that he is no different than others, but there is something alien in his behavior. The other has lived here all his life. This is his land. Beautiful, yet brutal, it is both the epitome of rural idyll, and affirmation of the “rural life idiocy,” as well as the example of particular melancholic beauty, which can only be found in almost abandoned industrial spaces of the former Soviet Union. Much is hidden behind the character’s conflict. Here different viewers will see the generation portrait, sociological research of the current crisis, and the story about a touching, almost romantic, youngster’s friendship. Any of these views can be considered correct, yet these meanings are completely disseminated in surrounding nature. Like Poussin’s landscape, Snails not only tell the human story, but also the story of trees, hills, bridges, and railroad tracks.” – Maksim Semenov for Séance magazine.

Snails, 27’, 2014

Director: Maryna Vroda
Screenplay: Maryna Vroda
Cameraman: Volodymyr Ivanov
Sound: Mariya Nesterenko, Artem Mostovyi
Production: Ihor Savychenko, Kyrylo Shuvalov, Maryna Vroda
Actors: Dmytro Yaroshenko, Valeriy Berest
Country: Ukraine

Director’s talk will take place after the screening.

Admission is free

Maryna Vroda (1982, Ukraine) graduated in 2007 from the Kiev National University of Theatre, Cinematography and Television. Following her graduation, she had the chance to work with Sergei Loznitsa on his film My Joy (2010). Her short film Cross won the Palme d’Or for shorts at the 2011 Cannes Film festival and was screened at the 2011 International Film Festival Rotterdam. Filmography: The Family Portrait (2006), The Oath (2007), The Rain (2007), Cross (2011), Snails (2014), Penguin (documentary, 2015).

Supported by: ERSTE Stiftung and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

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Workshop for children with Anatoliy Belov


Sunday, 9 October 2016, 19:00

The artist Anatoliy Belov invites children aged 6 and older to his workshop “Specter’s scissors,” where he will teach them his unique vytynanka-technique.

During the workshop participants will try to “draw with the scissors” and depict ghosts, spirits, and other specters.

We ask our little guests to bring scissors with them!

The workshop will take place within the framework of A Visit from Ghosts exhibition.

Duration of the workshop – 2 hours.

Admission is free

Supported by: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung




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Premiere screening of the film Landslide by Oleksiy Radynski


Friday, 7 October 2016, 19:00

Landslide is a film about an attempt to build “a society, which will be radically different from everything else that surrounds us” (to quote the film’s protagonists). This attempt is taking place in the very center of the Kyiv city, in the area reclaimed by the forces of nature. Landslide, degradation of urban politics and disintegration of social ties led to the emergence of anarchic, uncontrolled enclave in the city center. That is how the idea of “utopia, here and now” was born. Representatives of street art, music scene, theater avant-garde, etc. take part in the making of this utopia.

After the screening there will be a discussion with the film director Oleksiy Radynski and artist Vova Vorotniov moderated by Kateryna Mishchenko.

Film participants:

Vova Vorotniov
Borys Blazhennyi
Yuriy Antonov
David Chichkan
Oleksandr Pavlov
Mykhaylo Koptev and the Orchid Theatre
Ira Novikova, Artur Snitkus (“O,”)

Landslide, 26‘, 2016

Directed by Oleksiy Radynski
Cameramen: Sasha Bojko, Max Savchenko
Additional footage: Andriy Piddubnyak, Oleksiy Radynski
Editing: Mykola Bazarkin, Oleksiy Radynski
Sound engineer: Oleksandr Horbunov
Color correction: Andriy Dovhyi
Line producer: Lyuba Knorozok
Producer: Svitlana Zinovyeva

Music: HDSH, Metrostroy Klan

Production: Inspiration Films, supported by Ukrainian State Film Agency (within the framework of the Contours project).

Admission is free

The screening takes place within the framework of the exhibition A Visit from Ghosts, open in Visual Culture Research Center until October 30. Curated by Kateryna Mishchenko.

Exhibition A Visit from Ghosts is supported by Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung


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Lecture by Michel Agier. From “Right to the City” to “City-Making:” the Margins, the Center, and the Anthropologist

(с) Sébastien Dolidon

(с) Sébastien Dolidon

Thursday, 6 October 2016, 19:00

Michel Agier: “My anthropology of the city is based on the ethnographic research and on reflexive understanding of situations, places and events that “make the city.” For the anthropologist the “city-making” means realization of the “right to the city,” here and now. According to this idea, some controversial and, perhaps, minor practices (intervention, occupation) take radical meaning, as they evoke – because of such notions as the margins, the frontiers, vulnerability, emptiness, and disorder – the desire and appeal to the creation of the virtual or ideal dream city. In such terms, the anthropology of the city does not refer to any normative definition of the city as such, or create a new one, but conceives the city as continuous process of its construction and deconstruction.”

The lecture continues the course City – Discrimination, Segregation, Integration – French Experience, developed by the French Institute in Ukraine, exploring these issues from historical, sociological, and demographic perspectives.

Michel Agier is an anthropologist, research fellow at the IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement) and EHESS (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales). His research and teaching focus on the relationship between globalization, conditions and places of exile and the making of new urban contexts. He coordinates a new research program selected by the National Research Agency (ANR), “Babylon, city as frontier. What cities do for migrants, what migrants do for cities” (2016-18). In the year 2016-17 his seminar at EHESS is called “Anthropologies of hospitality.” Among his latest publications are: Migrants and Us. Understanding Babylon (CNRS Editions, 2016), and Anthropology of the City (PUF, 2015).

The lecture will be delivered in French with consecutive interpretation into Ukrainian.

Admission is free

In 2015 the course Migrations, Identities, Territories, developed by the French Institute, took place in Visual Culture Research Center as part of the School of the Displaced of The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015.

Organizer – l’Institut Français d’Ukraine


Supported by: ERSTE Stiftung and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

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Photo: Sandra Shubert

Photo: Sandra Schubert

1 – 30 October, 2016

The opening of the exhibition A Visit from Ghosts will take place on Saturday, October 1, at 19:00. On Sunday, October 2, at 15:00 a curator-led tour will be hold.

The exhibition A Visit from Ghosts not only poses a question of what we are to remember, but also of the ways of telling history with visual or other artistic means. Because ghosts are not just images or phantoms, they are sets of meanings that remind us of past traumas and always take new forms of expression.

Thematically the exhibition covers contemporary Ukrainian history: war, hate crimes, decommunization controversies. Besides, A Visit from Ghosts extends the understanding of these issues by referring to earlier European phenomena – fascism, anti-Semitism, oppressive aspects of East German socialism, etc.

The exhibition participants focus on the feeling of anxious expectation – they are showing, how it can be interrupted. They organize the exhibition space as full of noises and images, stories and experiences. Exactly in such situation the work of memory and outworking of the painful past are being activated.

The exhibition is supported by The Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Germany) within the framework of the international conference Contested Memories of the Difficult Past. Eastern Europe and Its History of the 20th Century, devoted to victimization and responsibility, covering the conflicted historical narratives, as well as the influence of diaspora on manifestations of historical memory in post-socialist countries.

Curated by Kateryna Mishchenko

Artists: Piotr Armianovski, Anatoliy Belov, Oksana Briukhovetska, Peggy Buth, Eiko Grimberg, Die Tödliche Doris, Angelina Kariakina, Dmytro Levytskyi, Mykola Ridnyi, Serhiy Popov, Sandra Schubert, Mikhail Tolmachev.

Display: Katharina Köhler, Wolfgang Schwärzler

Opening hours: Tue – Fri: 14:00 – 20:00, Sat – Sun: 12:00 – 20:00, Mon – closed.

Events taking place during the exhibition:

October 7, 19:00. Oleksiy Radynski: Landslide (2016), film screening and discussion

October 9, 12:00. Anatoliy Belov: Spectrous Scissors, workshop for children

October 21, 19:00. Nikita Kadan: History in Hell, artist talk

October 22, 14:00. Piotr Armianovski, Dmytro Levytskyi: The Beilis Case, performance-tour around Podil area

October 29, 21:00. Curator-led night-tour

October 29, 23:00. The Night with the Ghosts, discussion

Admission is free.

Supported by Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung


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