FAITH PORN LOVE Presentation of the 5th issue of “Prostory” magazine

On Thursday, 26th of July at 7 p.m. the new issue of the magazine “Prostory” titled “Faith, Porn, Love” will be presented in the Visual Culture Research Center at “Zhovten” Cinema (26, Kostyantynivska St.). The editors of the issue Nelya Vakhovska, Kateryna Mishchenko and Nataliya Chermalykh will speak on political love, pornography in literature, social morality and faith in their own faith.

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Faith, Porn, Love – isn’t just an issue that combines all the three components of the triad to make entire chapters with literature, philosophical and artistic works, starting from the Vienna Actionists’ prose, contemporary Ukrainian poetry and essays, to French philosophy and “indecent” Italian sonnets from the 16th century. The trinity itself signifies a new logic of thinking and action in the contemporary space without hope. According to this logic, love might solidarize, porno may expose the society’s underside, and faith can overturn the established oppressive order. Also “Faith, Porn, Love” is the slogan used by “Prostory” to oppose the existing reactionary politics of prohibitions and censorship, the fighters against gender and sexuality.


Four art projects at once are presented in the issue: works by French photographer Antoine d’Agata, Ukrainian photographers Yevgeniya Belorusets and Stepan Rudyk, and graphic works by Anatoliy Belov. Among the authors of the issue: classics and coevals from Ukraine, Italy, USA, France, Germany, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, such as Anastasia Afanasyeva, Leonid Ushkalov, Bohdan Storokha, Geneviève Fraisse, Theodor Adorno, Alain Badiou, Aldo Nove, Walter Benjamin, Hermann Nitsch, Roland Barthes, Rosa Luxemburg, Agota Kristof, Audre Lord, and many others.


“Prostory” is an independent literary and artistic platform engaged in publishing an online magazine, and printed periodical, as well as organizing public cultural events.

Work has begun on a new rights initiative for the Arts!

In July 2012 in Kiev, ІСТМ was created - an initiative for self-organised protection of rights for working artists.

This organisation has been founded in order to study the situation concerning the rights of working artists in Ukraine, and to uphold their rights.

We will conduct research into the work of Ukrainian institutions and their interactions with artists, and we will publish the results on the ІСТМ site and in appropriate media.

ІСТМ is ready to work collaboratively with other rights initiatives.

ІСТМ participants: Larissa Babij, Anatoli Byelov, Yevgenia Belorusets, Alexandr Burlaka, Ksenia Gnilitskaya, Anna Zvyagintseva, Nikita Kadan, Yuri Kruchak, Julia Kostereva, Vasyl Lozinski, Andrei Movchan, Ivan Melnychuk, Katerina Mishchenko, Lada Nakonechna, Oleksiy Salmanov, TanzLaboratorium, Lesya Khomenko.

More about ІСТМ


News about “A room of my own”


Exhibition “A room of my own” took place in Art Art-centre „Karman“ in Simferopol (08.06.12 – 30.06.12)

and in Uzhgorod during the Summer-school “Gender, Sexuality, and Power” (July, 2012).


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“I’d rather be a cyborg than a goddess”

Discussion of the Ukrainian translation of Cyborg Manifesto by Donna Haraway

June 21, 2012, Thursday, 18:30, VCRC, Kiev

Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology and Socialist Feminism in the Late 20th Century is an ironic utopia about love between humans, living organisms and machines. In the iconic text of the 1980s American biologist and philosopher Donna Haraway analyzes the impact of new technology on postcolonial power system and criticizes essentialist strategies in Western feminisms and socialisms. “I’d rather be a cyborg than a goddess”, – Haraway says, calling upon the politics of cyborg-feminism.

Yevgenia Belorusets – artist, translator, editor of the Prostory magazine; 

Oleksandr Ivashyna – culturologist, Kyiv-Mohyla Acadamy lecturer;

Nadia Parfan – author of the Ukrainian translation of Cyborg Manifesto, Feminist Ofenzyva activist;

Anatoliy Ulyanov – cyborg, transhumanist, curator of internet-project;

Anna Khvyl – culturologist, Feminist Ofenzyva activist.

Moderator – Yelyzaveta Babenko, culturologist, Feminist Ofenzyva activist.

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«Я хочу бути кіборгом, а не богинею»

Презентація українського перекладу Маніфесту кіборгів Донни Гаравей

21 червня 2012, четвер, 18:30

Маніфест кіборгів: наука, технології та соціалістичний фемінізм кінця XX століття – іронічна утопія про любов між людьми, живими організмами та машинами. У культовому тексті 1980-х американська біологиня і філософиня Донна Гарравей аналізує вплив новітніх технологій на постколоніальну систему влади і критикує есенціалістські стратегії західних фемінізмів і соціалізмів. «Я хочу бути кіборгом, а не богинею», – каже Гаравей, закликаючи до політики кіборг-фемінізму.

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Скорочена версія перекладу опублікована в третьому номері журналу «Політична критика»

Євгенія Бєлорусець – художниця, перекладачка, редакторка журналу «Простори»;
Олександр Івашина – культуролог, викладач НаУКМА;
Надія Парфан – авторка українського перекладу «Маніфесту кіборгів», активістка «Феміністичної Офензиви»;
Анатолій Ульянов – кіборг, трансгуманіст, куратор інтернет-проекту;
Анна Хвиль – культуролог, активістка «Феміністичної Офензиви».

Модераторка – Єлизавета Бабенко, культуролог, активістка «Феміністичної Офензиви».


May Congress in Kyiv

creative workers, leftist and feminist forces against censorship and discrimination

20-22 May 2012, 12:00 - 21:00 On Sunday, May 20th, 2012 at 12:00 at the Visual Culture Research Center the opening of the first ukrainian May Day Congress of Creative Workers, left-wing and feminist forces will take place.

The united May Day Congress aims to combat all manifestations of artistic and political censorship, as well as gender and sexual discrimination. May Day Congress of Creative Workers is an assembly of artists, theorists, curators, editors, activists and all those involved in activities in the field of alternative culture and humanities. Apart from censorship and political repressions against the Visual Culture Research Center in Kyiv and the Pussy Riot action group in Moscow, we are going to talk about sexual politics and violence in our society. The Congress will be running under the feminist slogan “the personal is political” covering the marginal issues of the mainstream discourse: the patriarchal order of sexual relations, discrimination against women by social and legal norms, the anti-abortion law, the law against “homosexual propaganda”, etc. We encourage creative workers, leftist activists, feminists to unite for the development of alternative cultural, gender, and sexual politics.

We need international involvement of all those interested in the local mechanisms of adoption and implementation of such decisions.

The program of May Day Congress will include presentations, discussions, screenings, book fair, demonstrations, poetry readings, concerts with the participation of international community of artists, intellectuals, and activists.

Organizers: The May Day Congress of Creative Workers (Moscow, Russia), Visual Culture Research Center (Kyiv, Ukraine)


Exhibition “A Room of My Own” attacked on the eve of Ukraine's first gay parade event

On the 19th of May, 2012 at the Centre for Visual Cultural Research in Kiev, two unknown assailants defaced a photographic exhibition by award-winning photographer Yevgenia Belorusets. Using bent-over forks, the attackers damaged documentary photographs depicting the everyday lives of LGBT families in Ukraine.

The attack took place a day before the official closure of the exhibition, which had passed without incident since opening of the exhibition. Two men entered the gallery, waited until other visitors left, then ran along using forks to scratch the surface of the photographs, knocking some of them to the floor. A security guard working in the gallery was not able to detain the assailants. Police have opened an investigation into the attack. A video surveillance system recording of the attackers has been taken as evidence. 

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Exhibition of work in progress “A Room of My Own”


photographs by Yevgenia Belorusets

dedicated to the everyday lives of LGBT families in Ukraine


Location:           At the Visual Culture Research Center in Kyiv 

Event:           Within the framework of the project of the Visual Culture Research Center entitled: “Image in the Dark: Contemporary Critical Photography”, which is part of the parallel programme of the 1st Kyiv International Biennale of Contemporary Art ARSENALE 2012, we invite you to attend the opening of the exhibition by Ukrainian photographer and artist Yevgenia Belorusets – “A Room of My Own”. The exhibition organisers are also proud to announce a performance by Ukrainian artist Alevtina Kakhidze to take place on the opening night, entitled: "On the subject of gender discrepancies among inhabitants of the planet Geten"


This exhibition is dedicated to the everyday lives of Ukrainian LGBT and Queer families, who have to overcome harassment and threats of violence on a daily basis because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.


 “A Room of My Own” consists of a series of documentary photographic portraits and testimonies by 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.

Silence surrounding the subject of homosexuality both enforces discipline upon and discriminates against the everyday reality of queer people and queer families. Society’s judgement splits people into two camps according to which two sexes people choose to form a family. There are those who can speak about their personal lives, and those who are forbidden to speak it aloud. As a result, one group of people are accorded greater value and relevance simply because of a mythological idea of what constitutes “normality” – a standardisation of human life.

The photographer’s artistic and political intention is to make the invisible visible. To do this, she uses neutral photo-portraits and dialogue with interested parties. Her goal - to reveal that which is hidden – involves overcoming alienation in order to uncover a closed-off world where the participants in this project have found themselves against their will.

The heroes and heroines of “A Room of My Own” agreed to talk about their everyday lives without embellishment, despite the risk they face of being publicly judged.

Texts accompanying pictures, which the photographer wrote down based on interviews with them, are an integral part of the exhibition.

An important element of Yevgenia Belorusets’ artistic statement is her intention to deconstruct negative imagery associated with transgender and homosexual people, which is built on stereotypes and on a desire not to know more about the lives of queer people.

Unfortunately, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia are widespread in Ukraine. These attitudes impose severe limitations on the personal freedoms of homosexual and transsexual people.

This type of social exclusion can and should be stopped. All of us are equally responsible for ensuring that this happens.

The exhibition includes visual material about a demonstration called “Shut it down and archive it!” (Zakryvay i archivuy!), which took place in protest against censorship of the work of the Visual Culture Research Center at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, and the Center’s eventual closure by the Executive Board of the University. It also includes work made especially for this demonstration by architect Oleksandr Burlaka.

Curator:              Nataliya Tchermalykh

Designer:            Aleksandr Burlaka


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Дискуссия "Право на искусство"


8 мая в 19.00 в офисе Фонда ЦСИ в рамках дискуссионной платформы „На полу“ состоится дискуссия Право на искусство, модератором которой выступит Евгения Белорусец.

НА ПОЛУ - это платформа для дискуссий об актуальных событиях и проблемах украинского современного искусства, которая предоставляет возможность регулярно встречаться и обмениваться мнениями и знаниями.

Евгения Белорусец, фотохудожница, социальная активистка, переводчица, основательница журнала ПРОSTORY.

Во время дискуссии будут обсуждаться ранее замалчиваемые вопросы, связанные с производством искусства:

- Как институции, действующие сейчас в Украине, влияют на «право быть художницей / художником» и формируют его?

- Имеет ли художник / ца возможность по-своему структурировать время и пространство, и насколько широка эта автономия?

- Можно ли в украинской ситуации говорить о комодификации, превращении творчества на товар, и отчуждении художников и художниц от своей работы?

- Что такое работа художницы / ка и как можно ее оценить?

- Могут ли у художницы / ка быть трудовые права? Возможно / необходимо ли защищать эти права?

- Как положение художников и художниц в Украине влияет на развитие искусства?

- Что такое престиж / символический капитал и как он влияет на художественный процесс? Каким образом происходит / не происходит его конвертация?

- На каком основании художницы и художники могут создавать объединения профсоюзного типа, и что подобные объединения могли бы ставить за цель сегодня?

- С какими инициативами могли бы солидаризироваться подобные объединения?

В дискуссии примут участие критикесса и куратор Олеся Островская-Люта, члены групп Худсовет, SOSка, Танцлабораториум, активисты Центра визуальной культуры.




On Thursday, April 26th at 6 p.m. the Visual Culture Research Center opened in the new premises at “Zhovten” (“October”) Cinema. The space for the combination of art, knowledge and politics will now be located at one of the oldest cinemas in Kyiv, whose name and history embody the idea of visual culture as education and emancipation. The format for the presentation of the VCRC was the action of solidarity of the 7th Berlin Biennale, which openes on the same day at KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin).


"Forget Fear" is the slogan of the 7th Berlin Biennale, curated by Artur Żmijewski, Polish artist and art director of the Political Critique magazine. "Forget Fear" is also the name for a discussion on political engagement of intellectuals and artists with the participation of VCRC activists and colleagues that will take place during the VCRC opening event. The action also included screening of films from the Biennale Breaking the Newsspecial project.

Visual Culture Research Center was founded in 2008 at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy with the aim of creating an interdisciplinary environment for the analysis of the post-Soviet situation of Ukraine on the intersection of art, knowledge and politics. The Center since has conducted 120 scientific events and discussions with the participation of scientists from Ukraine and abroad, and 20 art exhibitions. In March 2012, VCRC was turned out of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, which was the result of the university administration's ideological censorship.

Participants: Yevgenia Belorusets, Andriy Bondar, Olga Bryukhovetska, Denys Gorbach, Dmytro Gorbachov, Lyudmyla Gordeladze, Pavlo Gudimov, Olga Zhuk, Nikita Kadan, Yevhen Karas, Serhiy Kutniy, Oleksandr Ivashyna, Alisa Lozhkina, Roksolana Mashkova, Andriy Mokrousov, Nadiya Parfan, Oleksandr Roytburd, Anastasiya Riabchuk, Mykhaylo Sobutsky, Oleksandr Soloviov, Volodymyr Chemerys, Vasyl Cherepanyn.

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