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You are invited to an online book presentation and discussion about political and social expressions in contemporary art of Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia since the collapse of the USSR.


Contemporary Ukrainian and Baltic Art. Political and Social Perspectives, 1991-2021“, edited by Svitlana Biedarieva, explores the transformations that art in Ukraine and the Baltic states has undergone since their independence in 1991, analysing how the conflicts and challenges of the last three decades have impacted the reconsideration of identity and fostered resistance of culture against economic and political crises. The contributions in this collection open a discussion of whether there is a single paradigm that describes the contemporary processes of art production in Ukraine and the Baltic countries.

The volume focuses on a variety of issues addressed by the artists including controversial historical topics, the erasure of past historical traumas, the pertinence of the cultural scene of the newly independent nations to a wider European context, and the present military conflict in eastern Ukraine.

The discussion panel will include the book editor Dr Svitlana Biedarieva (the Courtauld Institute of Art and University of London), a Ukrainian-Estonian artist Andrij Bojarov, and a discussant Dr Uilleam Blacker (UCL). It will be moderated by Professor Andreas Umland (the Ukrainian Institute for the Future in Kyiv and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs in Stockholm). The volume contributors feature Ieva Astahovska, Kateryna Botanova, Olena Martynyuk, Vytautas Michelkevičius, Lina Michelkevičė, Margaret Tali, and Jessica Zychowicz.

The discussants will consider connections between the past and the present as seen by the artists in Ukraine and the Baltic countries as well as their visions of the future.

“Contemporary Ukrainian and Baltic Art” is volume 14 in the “Ukrainian Voices” book series published by ibidem Press and collected by Andreas Umland.

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Donations welcome. All funds raised throughout this event will go towards University Scholarships for Russian-Ukrainian war veterans within British-Ukrainian Aid’s ‘Reintegration through Education’ project.

We look forward to seeing you at our event!

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