Title: Revolution and Art in 21st-Century Ukraine
Speaker: Jessica Zychowicz
Date: Monday, 21 January 2019
Time: 3:00 P.M.
Venue: Pembina Hall 2-06, University Of Alberta
Dr. Jessica Zychowicz is a Stasiuk Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies. She was recently a Fulbright Scholar (2017–18) based at the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.” Her monograph, Superfluous Women: Feminism, Art, and Revolution in 21st-Century Ukraine, is in progress at the University of Toronto Press. She also co-edits a series on questions of race and post-colonialism for the scholarly journal Krytyka. Dr. Zychowicz completed her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 2016, and a term as Jacyk Fellow at the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs. More information is available at www.jes-zychowicz.com.
The decade bookended by the Orange Revolution (2004–05) and the Maidan Revolution of Dignity (2013–14) in Ukraine had a global impact. In Kyiv, a new generation is mining past forms in local artistic vaults, aiming to reflect upon the 20th century while innovating a visual language that can face the new challenges of the 21st. The presentation will draw upon over ten years of research—including first-hand interviews, participatory observation, exhibits, and academic exchanges with art collectives, gender studies experts, activists, media, tech and science experts, NGOs, and other leaders in Ukraine’s cultural and educational spheres—in order to explore the intersection of local and global discourses around concepts of censorship and human rights.