Frontline Art. Representing Donbas 2013-19. 30 October 2020 6.30pm GMT

DATE & TIME: Friday 30 October, 6.30pm GMT (London time)
£5 general admission / £3 students. Book via eventbrite.

Can art help make sense of the trauma of war? If so, what role can art and artists play in helping society come to terms with the loss, destruction and chaos of armed conflict?

This webinar will explore the art that has been produced in Ukraine since the start of the war in Donbas. Our speakers will discuss their experience of participating in the exhibition ‘At the Front Line. Ukrainian Art, 2013-2019’ which took place in Mexico and Canada in 2019-20. The curators of this exhibition, Svitlana Biedarieva and Hanna Deikun, will present the catalogue of the project, and the webinar will also feature an exclusive screening of the short film ‘Ma’ by Maria Stoianova.

This event is held as part of the Donbas Season.



Svitlana Biedarieva

Svitlana Biedarieva is a Ukrainian artist, curator, and art researcher who lives and works in Mexico City. Her interests include the limits of art, ideological space, violence, and resistance. Svitlana has a PhD in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Together with Hanna Deikun, she curated ‘Front Line Art’, an exhibition on Ukraine’s six years of conflict, 2013-2019. As an artist, Svitlana Biedarieva held solo exhibitions ‘The Morphology of War’ at the National Center of Arts in Mexico City and the Erasto Cortes Museum in Puebla in 2017. She currently works on the book ‘Contemporary Art in Ukraine and the Baltic Countries: Political and Social Perspectives’, which will be published by ibidem Press (Stuttgart).




Anna Deikun

Anna Deikun is the curator of ‘At the Front Line’ project. She lives and works in Mexico. Hanna focuses on research and teaching of the political and intellectual history of the twentieth century. She studied at the Free University of Berlin and the Center for Economic Research and Teaching in Mexico City. Laureate of the Genaro Estrada Prize awarded by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the study of diplomatic relations between Mexico and the USSR. She teaches at the Institute of Higher Fashion Studies ‘Casa de Francia’ in Mexico.




Roman Minin

Roman Minin is a graphic artist, photographer, author of objects, monuments and installations, and anthologist of miners’ lives in the heart of the coal-mining region of Donetsk. Minin was born in Dymytrov, in the Donetsk region. He graduated from the Kharkiv Art College and the Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts. In 2012, he was the director of the Urban Art Program of the Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives in Donetsk. Minin, a participant in international art projects and street-art festivals, actively uses methods of augmented reality in his works and considers himself the founder of the art movements Transmonumentalism and SMS-Art. He lives and works in Kharkiv.






Myroslav Shkandrij

Myroslav Shkandrij is Professor Emeritus of Slavic Studies at the University of Manitoba. He has published works on the cultural and political history of Ukraine, the avant-garde, nationalism, Jewish-Ukrainian relations, Russian-Ukrainian relations and postcolonial theory, and has curated exhibitions at the Winnipeg Art Galleries, Hamilton Art Gallery, Ukrainian Museum in New York, and Oseredok (Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre) in Winnipeg.





Documentary 'Ma' by Maria Stoianova (Ukraine, 2017)

The documentary Ma is an experimental short film that involves us in the reality of life in a war zone in a particular way. For 16 minutes, we perceive the world of the protagonist, Zinaida, through her own eyes. We listen to her, but we do not see her. What we see instead are short videos, made with her phone, which represent a sort of diary of her daily life. We go to the forest with her, we go to her summer house, we observe the sky and the views around it, we hear explosions, and feel her fear of the closeness of the war and the loneliness of a mother. Through documentary reconstruction and experimental montage, the director not only gives us a personal insight into the context of the city and the position of the individual on the frontline but also makes us rethink the documentary format itself from an innovative point of view.

(From ‘At the Front Line. Ukrainian Art, 2013-2019’ exhibition catalogue).






This event is held as part of the Ukrainian Institute London's Donbas Season.