Izolyatsia: Arts and War in Ukraine

Monday, November 8, 2021 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Zoom Webinar
Monday, November 8, 2021 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm

Join us for a discussion of contemporary arts in Ukraine with the focus on the Izolyatsia Foundation – a platform of cultural initiatives that started off in the city of Donetsk in Eastern Europe in 2010. The program relocated to Kyiv in 2015, after the beginning of the war. The industrial building that hosted Izolyatsia in Donetsk has been transformed into a Russian prison, infamous for torture and human rights abuses. The current state of this center is described in the book “The Torture Camp on Paradise Street” written by Stanislav Aseev, the political prisoner and journalist. How did a contemporary art center become a place of violence? Is it possible to return to culture after significant tyranny and fear?

We bring together several artists, activists, and journalists, who have been involved in the Izolyatsia initiatives in Ukraine.

Stanislav Aseyev, a writer and a journalist who spent 962 in a Donetsk prison. His most recent book “In Isolation: Dispatches from Occupied Donbas” has just come out in English.

Kateryna Iakovenko is a art researcher and a journalist who worked as a curator at Izolyatsia. She is currently a Fulbright scholar in NYC.

Mykhailo Glubokyi is the development director of Izolyatsia.

Alim Aliyev is a human rights activist and head of the Izolyatsia Advocacy Group at Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry.

Moderated by Iryna Vushko, Assistant Professor of History, Princeton University

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Sponsored by
The Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies