Documenting the Protest, artist-talk in the theater in Tubingen

Vergessene Länder dieser Erde: UKRAINE

 

27.02.2014

 

Einblick in Proteste in der Ukraine liefern: die Foto- und Videokünstlerin Yevgenia Belorusets, der Journalist Moritz Gathmann (Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Der Spiegel, Tagesspiegel, u.v.m.) und Claudia Dathe, freie Übersetzerin und Slawistin an der Universität Tübingen.

 

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Film screening and artist talk

As part of the exhibition:
Euromaidan – Occupied Spaces

Film screening and artist talk

in OKK, Berlin, Prinzenallee 29,
15. February, 7 p.m.

On Saturday 15th February at 7p.m. in OKK Gallery in Berlin, short films from Ukraine will be shown as part of the exhibition “Euromaidan – Occupied Spaces”.

Fragments of short films about the Euromaidan protests in Kiev curated by Ukrainian film-maker Dmitriy Tiazhlov will be shown for the first time in Berlin alongside films from the Babylon 13 initiative.

After the screening, a discussion with artist Yevgenia Belorusets will take place, focussing on media representations of this protest. It will also consider the many surprising and unpredictable developments and perceptions of this protest movement, which continues in Ukraine.

How can the experience of art, when it is incomplete and not self-sustaining, help us to understand current political and social reality? Are we able to perceive a thorough reality of a protest which is taking in a faraway country, when media representations of news are superficial? Is it possible for us to take a stance, and take responsibility for this reality, especially when we are not taking part in it ourselves?

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Photo by Sören Marotz

About the exhibition Exhibition opening times: 31.1.- 20.2., Thurs.-Sun. 15 – 19 Uhr

 

Die Verewigung des Protestes: Euromaidan im sozialen Kontext

Vortrag und Präsentation von Kyrylo Tkachenko anschließend Diskussion mit der Künstlerin Yevgenia Belorusets und Pablo Hermann (OKK)

OKK, Berlin, Prinzenallee 29,

01. Februar, 19:00, 2014

Worum geht es bei gegenwärtigen Protesten in der Ukraine? Geht es vor allem um einen Kampf der Gesellschaft für eine „europäische Zukunft“? War die Vorstellung von einem neuen Bündnis mit Russland so frustrierend, dass der Imperativ „Weg von Moskau!“ wiederum Hunderttausende von Menschen mobilisieren konnte?

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Euromaidan - occupied spaces

photographic exhibition by Yevgenia Belorusets

OKK Gallery, 29 Prinzenallee, Berlin

Exhibition opening: 19.00, 31st January, 2014

31.1.-20.2., Thursdays - Sundays, 3-7p.m.

“Euromaidan – occupied spaces” is collection of photographs depicting everyday life at the epicentre of a mass protest, focussing on the Euromaidan protest in Kiev, Ukraine.

Yevgenia Belorusets’ photos show people spending night after night standing in protest on freezing streets, sleeping in occupied government buildings. In the darkness of this night, they can come under attack from riot police, and must stand shoulder to shoulder to defend the hard-won main square of the city from the State. Winter’s day is also spent on this square, or warming up in underpasses and cafes.

Scenes of highly unstable life in Ukraine today, transported into the sheltered European reality of an exhibition space in Berlin, remind us of the necessity of refreshing our definitions of our political goals. Fascism can grow fast in such situations. But at the same time, in this case, the State is turning into a dictatorship.

Belorusets’ photographs talk about the existence and the blurring of borders, but also about solidarity, and its ability to overcome these borders.

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

26.11.2013

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.

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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

01.11.2013

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.

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Before Execution

10.10.2013

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.

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

23.05.2013
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

14.05.13

“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.

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