Why Is This Happening? Ukrainian war-related art
Lecture by Svitlana Libet

  • Why Is This Happening? Ukrainian war-related art

    Image: graphic design by Kaja Kusztra using work of Zoya Laktionova


Ukraine has been invaded by Russia twice in the last eight years, in 2014 and full-scale in 2022. The presentation will cover works by Ukrainian artists since 2014 till recent days, with the aim to see the roots behind the invasion and get a better understanding of what is happening in Ukraine right now. The works of artists Nikita Kadan, Zhanna Kadyrova, Kateryna Lisovenko, Zoya Laktionova and others will be discussed.

Svitlana Libet is an author, editor and journalist. Since 2022, she has been working as a local producer for the BBC reporting on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In 2019–2022, she worked as the Senior Editor of an online magazine Your Art, which focuses on Ukrainian contemporary art. In 2016–2018, Svitlana worked as the Senior Editor at the Osnovy Publishing House, mostly focusing on art books, and art books for children. Furthermore, Svitlana has worked in several Kyiv-based art institutions such as Visual Culture Research Centre, The School of Kyiv — Kyiv Biennial 2015; PinchukArtCentre, Closer, Kyiv A-I-R (artist-in-residence) project.

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