SOVIET, EMPTY, YELLOW-BLUE: WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE PUBLIC SPACES OF UKRAINIAN CITIES?

SOVIET, EMPTY, YELLOW-BLUE: WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE PUBLIC SPACES OF UKRAINIAN CITIES?

YEVGEN NIKIFOROV
documentary photographer
OKSANA DOVGOPOLOVA
curator of the Past / Future / Art project
KATERYNA SEMENYUK
curator of the Past / Future / Art project
AN ONLINE DISCUSSION WITH A PHOTOGRAPHER YEVGEN NIKIFOROV ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE SOVIET MONUMENTAL HERITAGE IN CONTEMPORARY UKRAINE
During the online event the photographer presented his documentary project "On Republic's Monuments", shared a visual chronology of his observations of the changes of the memorial landscape in Ukraine and, using real examples, showed how the public spaces have transformed under the influence of the decommunisation law. The presentation was followed by a discussion with the project curators Oksana Dovgopolova and Kateryna Semenyuk, and responses to questions from the audience.

In this meeting we did not intend to judge whether what is happening with the Soviet monumental heritage in Ukraine is "good" or "bad", but to talk about artistic research of such processes. Do we change together with the changes happening around us? How can we understand these changes? Sometimes only an artist can set the lens in such a way that makes us ask questions, which we had not raised before.

Online stream of the discussion took place on July 22, on the Facebook page of the Past / Future / Art project.



The project Past / Future / Art is implemented in partnership with forum ZFD Programme in Ukraine. forumZFD is an international non-governmental organisation, which supports civil society in countries affected by war and conflict. forumZFD works with experts in conflict transformation in Germany, and numerous other countries in Europe, Middle East and South-East Asia.