My photographs about labour migration in Ukraine in discussion at Heinrich Böll Stiftung Berlin


Eine neue Generation ukrainischer Autorinnen und Autoren interessiert sich zunehmend für die sozialen Verwerfungen und Brüche innerhalb der Gesellschaft. Ein Thema dabei ist die Arbeitsmigration aus der Ukraine: Allein aus der Westukraine sind in den vergangenen Jahren rund sieben Millionen Menschen abgewandert, um im Ausland ihren eigenen Lebensunterhalt und den ihrer Familien zu sichern. Auf vielen Migrant/inn/en lastet nicht nur der psychische Druck der Illegalität.


More about event here.


Discussion at "Ukrainian Beauty" exhibition

Pinchuk Arts Centre, Kiev
10.11.2013, 7pm.

Discussion between Pinchuk Art Prize 2013 Nominee Yevgenia Belorusets, curator Bjorn Geldhof and arts and literary critic Nelia Vakhovska.

The discussion focussed on the question of how important and possible it is for the PinchukArtCentre to be connected to the reality of everyday life in Ukraine. Where do the boundaries of political and intellectual choice lie for the participants and the institution itself when they create a statement? What is the nature of the discourse about labour migration both in Ukraine and abroad, and what kind of position can artistic expression take on this subject?

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Ukrainian Beauty in Exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013


On November 2, 2013 the PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv, Ukraine) presented a group show of 20 artists shortlisted for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013, the first private nationwide contemporary art prize in Ukraine for young Ukrainian artists aged up to 35. 

The 20 nominees for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013 were shortlisted by a Selection Committee from about 1000 applicants.

Among them:
Yevgenia Belorusets, Anatoly Belov, Daniil Galkin, Oleg Gryshchenko, Andriy Hir, Dobrinya Ivanov, Zhanna Kadyrova, Olesia Khomenko, Alina Kopitsya, Mariia Kulykivska, Oleksandr Kurmaz, Roman Minin, Lada Nakonechna, Mykola Ridnyi, Ivan Svitlychnyi, Volodymyr Vorotniov, Anna Zvyagintseva, Melnychuk-Burlaka Group, Open Group and Synchrodogs.



Before Execution


Karas Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine

The exhibition Before the execution, dealing with forms of representation of political violence in the arts took place in Kiev’s Karas Gallery from the 10th to the 28th of October 2013. The show gathered watercolours and installation work by Nikita Kadan (Ukrainian artist born in 1982) from his series Controlled coincidences, a literary text written by Yevgueniya Bielorussets (Ukrainian artist and photographer born in 1982), the graphic and photographic documentation of Nikolay Grokh’s (Soviet and Ukrainian artist born in 1936) visit to Cambodia in 1984, as well as artworks inspired by the latter.


More about at Prostory 


Discussion on "Paradise in one village" at the Forum Stadtpark in Graz, Austria

Last Chance Saloons, Forum Stadtpark

Geschätzte 4.5 Millionen Ukrainer*innen sichern sich ihr Dasein als Arbeitsmigrant*innen. Unter oft dubiosen Bedingungen müssen sie ihre Arbeit verrichten.

Was sind die Geschichten dieser Menschen? Wie sehen sie die Welt und in welchen größeren/multinationalen Zusammenhängen muss das Phänomen der Arbeitsmigration gedacht und bearbeitet werden? 


“A Room of My Own” shown at Museum of Zemstvo, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova


“A Room of My Own” consists of a series of documentary photographic portraits and testimonies of the stars of this project, who the artist met during trips to various cities across Ukraine. Through fragmented sketches of domestic life, with all its joys and pains, Yevgenia Belorusets and the heroes and heroines of her project tell their personal stories, affording us a brief glimpse of what lies behind the thick curtain which ordinarily separates their private lives from their public identities.



Gogol St. 32 and Brick Factory Tour at "Ukrainian News" Exhibition at the Centre for Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski in Warsaw


16 March – 2 June 2013

Ukrainian News at the Centre for Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski in Warsaw brings together for the first time a variety of engaged artistic practices from contemporary Ukraine. Focusing on the work of activist groups as well as individual artists, the exhibition shows conventions that transcend common artistic approaches. The Post-Soviet condition of Ukrainian society is represented through various work - from street artists to intellectual communities involved in current social struggles.

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More about Ukrainian News at e-flux




Return to “COURT EXPERIMENT” in SIZ gallery in Rijeka Croatia


On the 7th of February 2013, Ukrainian multidisciplinary curatorial collective Hudrada re-opened their “Court Experiment” exhibition in the SIZ gallery in Rijeka, Croatia.

This exhibition first came together in 2010 – it came about after a series of legal proceedings were launched against members of the Hudrada group on account of their work as political activists.

“Court Experiment” is a statement against the prosecution of Ukrainian activists for expressing disagreement with real injustices. It is an action of solidarity with the accused, whose trials continued for years. The project started with visits to court sessions by people who wanted to express their support for the accused. Among them were activists, journalists, academics and artists.

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Performance by Alexander Volodarsky


“Court Experiment” attempts to draw public attention both to these concrete cases of legal prosecution and persecution in Ukraine. It also aims to highlight how the country’s legal system, as a government structure within a neocapitalist economy, is an instrument of violence and injustice.

Hudrada’s exhibition in the SIZ gallery consists of authors’ works and draws conclusions concerning the court proceedings, whose subjects became the basis for the “Court Experiment”. A timeline of the court proceedings and related events accompanies the works.

The exhibition features works by Yevgenia Belorusets, Alexander Volodarsky, Ksenia Hnylytska, Anna Zvyagintseva, Nikita Kadan, Yulia Kostereva, Yuriy Kruchak, and Lada Nakonechna.



Возвращение к «Судебному эксперименту»

Кураторское объединение Худсовет представит свою выставку в Хорватии, в  SIZ gallery

7-го февраля 2013 в Риеке (Хорватия) в галерее SIZ украинское кураторское междисциплинарное объединение Худсовет покажет выставку “Судебный эксперимент”. Эта выставка сформировалась в 2010 году и поводом для нее стали судебные преследования участниц и участников Худсовета за их политическую активистскую деятельность. Эти отдельные случаи давления на активистов с помощью судебной системы являются показательными для общей ситуации преследования активистов в сегодняшней Украине.

На выставке будут представлены работы Евгении Белорусец, Александра Володарского, Ксении Гнилицкой, Анны Звягинцевой, Никиты Кадана, Юлии Костеревой, Юрия Кручака, Лады Наконечной.


Interim Days: Tbilisi // Symposium and Exhibition

Tbilisi, Georgia


November 20th to 24th 2012

Exhibition opening Saturday 24th 17:00.


Tbilisi State Academy of Arts 
Exhibition Hall (old building)
22 Griboyedov St. 0108 Tbilisi

Could the political or social environment we operate within and the challenges we encounter lead to new ways to produce and exhibit art? The symposium and exhibition project Interim Days: Tbilisi is created with the intention to act as a networking platform for artists and cultural producers from different social and cultural contexts. The main goal is to find opportunities to develop international collaborations and to establish new initiatives that involve transnational cooperation, including eastern European countries. The point of departure is the perspective of the participants, where the experience of being an artist becomes predominant and tells wider stories, about society and the possibilities for art to exist in different contexts. 

The participants come from Sweden, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and the Ukraine, but there are also participants from other countries with experience from artistic practice within these regions. The discussion will focus on what separates the different contexts when it comes to the possibilities for art to exist and to the hardships and opportunities that follows. The perspective, in this case, always comes from the artist.

The symposium is collaboration between Kalmar konstmuseum andGeoAIR with financial support from the Creative Force programme within the Swedish Institute and generous support of Tbilisi State Academy of Arts. Kalmar konstmuseum as well as GeoAIR has a well documented experience of being a part of international projects.

Symposium and final presentation of works produced as a result of five days intensive exchange between participants will take place in the big exhibition hall of Tbilisi State Academy of Arts. Exhibition opens Saturday 24th 17:00.

Participants: Marika Asatiani (GE), Yevgenia Belorusets (UA), Tako Chabashvili (GE), Lado Darakhvelidze (GE), Laura Hatfield (CA/SE), Gustav Hellberg (SE), Johanna Karlin (SE), Emmeli Person (SE), Paran Pour (IR/DE), Steffi Schöne (DE), Giorgi Tabatadze (GE), Vladimir Us (MD)

More about Interim Days




We are asking members of the international community to join us in supporting the demands of the staff of the National Art Museum of Ukraine and calling for open, transparent and competitive procedures for filling key positions in cultural and art institutions in Ukraine.

The National Art Museum of Ukraine (NAMU) is in crisis. Very soon, the Minister of Culture Mykhailo Kulyniak is supposed to announce his decision whether to entrust the Museum Council of the Ministry of Culture with recommending a candidate to fill the position of General Director of NAMU or to appoint Tatiana Mironova, who over six months as Acting Director has proved herself (both within and outside the Museum’s walls) incompetent to head Ukraine’s leading art museum.

On October 16, members of the Museum staff published an open letter addressed to the Minister of Culture, in which they refute a number of slanderous remarks and false claims published by Mironova in a recent blog post. They write, “Given [Mironova's] glaring incompetence and unsubstantiated allegations, providing of false information, appropriation of the Museum’s past achievements, the team of the National Art Museum of Ukraine demands the immediate dismissal of Ms. Mironova from the post of Acting Director of NAMU and barring her from being appointed director of NAMU”. The following day, the museum workers began an open protest, calling for Mironova’s immediate dismissal on a sign posted in the museum’s entry hall.

Meanwhile, hundreds of art professionals and members of the Museum’s public signed letters calling for transparency in the process of selecting the new museum director.

A group of concerned citizens – members of the Ukrainian art community and the Museum’s public – have circulated a letter of support for the institution, calling on the Minister of Culture to appoint a new director with the necessary qualifications – experience working in a museum and familiarity with the specific conditions of NAMU.

You can sign the petition (see text below) in English HERE and in Ukrainian HERE. The signed letter will be delivered to the Minister of Culture Mykhailo Kulyniak SOON.

For more background information on the situation in NAMU, please see our statement on Art Leaks.

We, the undersigned – artists and viewers, cultural actors and museum professionals, and all those who are concerned about the future of the National Art Museum of Ukraine (NAMU) – declare our support for the NAMU staff, who launched a protest on October 17, 2012.

We support the position of the collective of museum workers, as expressed in an open letter to the Minister of Culture of Ukraine Mykhailo Kulyniak:

“Given her glaring incompetence and unsubstantiated allegations, providing of false information, appropriation of the Museum’s past achievements, the staff of the National Art Museum of Ukraine demands the immediate dismissal of Ms. [Tatiana] Mironova from the post of Acting Director of NAMU and barring her from being appointed director of NAMU.”

We believe that the most valuable asset of the museum today is its collective. It is precisely this group of professionals that over the past several years has transformed NAMU into Ukraine’s leading art museum – an institution open to innovation and experiment. NAMU has presented the country’s most significant projects integrating contemporary art into the traditional museum context. These exhibitions, which can already be considered part of history, include “Ukrainian New Wave” (curator Oksana Barshynova), “Great Surprise. R.E.P.” (curator Olesya Ostrovska-Lyuta), “Gnilitsky. Cadavre exquis” (curators Lesya Zayats, Oksana Barshynova), “Hostage in NAMU” (curator Larissa Babij), “Myth: Ukrainian Baroque” (curators Galyna Skliarenko, Oksana Barshynova), and important international projects like “1989 – 2009: Turbulent World – Telling Time” (collective of international curators), “Beuys. Paik. Vostell. Art actions and video-art of the 1960s-1970s” and “Record Again! 40 years of” (curator Daryna Yakimova), “Cultural Luggage” (curator Mykola Skyba).

We insist that NAMU should be headed by a museum specialist who knows the museum from inside and has experience working in this particular institution, who has played a role in the museum’s above-mentioned critical development. A few candidates meet these qualifications: Yuliya Lytvynets, Chief Curator of NAMU; Maryna Skyrda, Deputy General Director in Education of NAMU; Maria Zadorozhna, former Deputy General Director of NAMU.

We insist on the timely fulfillment of the process of choosing the new director of NAMU through the expertise of the Museum Council of the Ministry of Culture and the Minister of Culture’s subsequent appointment of the director, so that the museum may finally return to its previous working rhythm.

We also believe that the introduction of open, transparent and competitive procedures for filling key positions in cultural and art organizations is imperative for the modern development of Ukrainian institutions and is capable of safeguarding them from the influence of private business interests and government bureaucracy.