Friendlies? Representations of the People from the Donbas Region in Post-Maidan Art in Kharkiv
Talk held in the framework of the Prisma Ukraïna Workshop “When the Muses are not silent: Intellectuals’ and Artists’ Responses to the Ukraine-Russia Conflict and post-Maidan Developments in Ukraine” in Berlin on 19 June, 2018.
The presentation addresses the events of so-called “Russian Spring” in Kharkiv in 2014-2015 and social and political changes brought into the city by the Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs’) flows due to the war in Eastern Ukraine, that have re-sharpen debates on the markers of belongingness to or excluding from the national and regional political communities, as well as on the semantic points of their intersections and conflicts. In particular, it focuses on the ideational spaces of perceptions, representations and narratives on “friends and foes” as they were expressed in art projects and activities took place in Kharkiv and the Donbas region in recent years.