The International Institute for Peace (IIP) gladly announces the upcoming public talk with
Art in Ukraine – Challenges and Opportunities
Following RAFT CRIMEA
The conflict in Eastern Ukraine displaced nearly two million people within Ukraine, many of them fled to Kyiv and so did Maria Kulikovska after violence escalated in 2014 where she continued her art work. In her project RAFT CRIMEA Maria Kulikovska says” The raft «Crimea» is both, an artwork and a real political proposal. Water routes have always defined the development of states. Thousands of people, who are deprived of their homes, seeking for better life, safety, or simply a possibility of survival, are moving today on boats and rafts to the shores, where no one is neither waiting for them, nor wants to see them. The vast population of the new republic, which is not marked on the map, is drifting on the waves: the phantom republic of migrants. Anyone can become its citizen one day. The «Crimea» life raft will become its embassy, a displaced parliament for all of those who are devoid of place and political representation.
Together with Stephanie Fenkart and Hannes Swoboda, Maria Kulikovska will discuss questions about creating art within a situation of political conflict, art and it’s opportunities to make some change and her living reality expressed through art.
Welcome and Moderation:
· STEPHANIE FENKART, Director, International Institute for Peace (IIP)
· HANNES SWOBODA, President, International Institute for Peace (IIP)
In talk with:
· Maria KULIKOVSKA, is an Ukrainian performance artist born in 1988 in Kerch, Crimea, which has been annexed in 2014 by the Russian Federation.
Due to Maria Kulikovskas origin she has made the situation in Ukraine as a main topic of her work. She mainly works as a performance artist, using her own body as material for expressing realities. She, an IDP, empowers herself and gives a voice to many young people which have been affected by the war in Ukraine, or the annexation of Crimea.
Her own story as a Crimean artist, now displaced in Kyiv with her family still in Crimea, effects not only her art but also her personal life.
Maria Kulikovska has had exhibitions in several European cities. She graduated from the National Academy of Fine Art and Architecture in Kyiv. Maria is the author of numerous performances, actions and happenings: War and Pea$e(Mariupol, 2016), 9th of May (solo exhibition; London, 2016), 1 May (London, 2016),Happy Birthday (London, 2016), Patience?, #Onvacation (Venice Biennale, 2015),White (2015), Untitled (2014), 254 (2014) are among them.
AN EXHIBITION OF MARIA KULIKOVSKA´S ART IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM TUESDAY 29th UNTIL 5TH OF JUNE 2018 AT “die GRAPHISCHE” Leyserstraße 6, 1140 VIENNA on WORKING DAYS ONLY !!!
The Discussion will be held in English.
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