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)

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