Two Years into Ukraine
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LOVE IN KYIV

More terrible is love in Kyiv than
Magnificent Venetian passions. Butterflies
Fly light and maculate into bright tapers –
Dead caterpillars’ brilliant wings aflame!
And spring has lit the chestnuts’ candles!
Cheap lipstick’s tender taste,
The daring innocence of miniskirts,
And these coiffures, that are not cut quite right –
Yet image, memory, and signs still move us…
Tragically obvious, like the latest hit.
You’ll die here by a scoundrel’s knife,
Your blood will spread like rust inside a brand
New Audi in an alley in Tartarka.
You’ll plunge here from a balcony, the sky,
Down headlong to your dirty little Paris
Dressed in a blouse of secretarial white.
You can’t discern the weddings from the deaths…
For love in Kyiv is more terrible than
Ideas of New Communism: specters
Emerge in the intoxicated nights
Out of Bald Mountain, bearing in their hands
Red flags and pots of red geraniums.
You’ll die here by a scoundrel’s knife,
You’ll plunge here from a balcony, the sky, in
A brand-new Audi from an alley in Tartarka
Down headlong to your dirty little Paris
Your blood will spread like rust
upon a blouse of secretarial white….

Natalka Bilotserkivets

 

This year, now well into its start, and resolutions all but forgotten. The final days of February, Black History Month, and entrance into Lent. Valentine came and went, loveless as usual.

Gaza is on fire. The International Court of Justice convenes to discuss the policies and practices of Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory after its recent implicit ruling of Israel conducting genocide. Meanwhile, Netanyahu unveils his grand plan, in apparent disregard of the sentiments put forth by the international community. The U.S. continues to back the enemy of their enemy, once again vetoing the United Nations Security Council resolution for cease-fire.

Trump is ordered to pay in a landmark civil fraud case brought by New York state’s Attorney General – including his other judgements, a sum now in excess of half a billion dollars.

The Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is killed earlier this month after going missing for several weeks and re-emerging in a Russian federal correctional colony located in the Arctic region.

Conflict is the new normal.

Today is February 24th. On this day, French troops conquer Breda in the southern part of the Netherlands (1793), Cuban war for independence begins (1895), Estonia declares independence from Russia (1918), the former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is found guilty of rape and criminal sexual acts in landmark case that ignited the MeToo movement (2020), Russia launches its full scale invasion of Ukraine (2022).

Today is February 24, 2024. Today marks two years since the Russian aggression into Ukraine, not counting the continuing conflict which began this month ten years ago. For the recent 75th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we put forth War, and the Declaration of Human Rights tying artists and their works to themes of human rights, crises and conflict. Today, we continue for the two year anniversary of this conflict featuring some profiles and articles under the theme of Ukraine and the war. Welcome to the .147th edition of Prescriptions.

 

Mstyslav Chernov, 20 Days in Mariupol

20 Days in Mariupol

An AP team of Ukrainian journalists trapped in the besieged city of Mariupol struggle to continue their work documenting atrocities of the Russian invasion. As the only international reporters who remain in the city, they capture what later become defining images of the war: dying children, mass graves, the bombing of a maternity hospital, and more. Through March 10, 2024, various locations.

 

Coexisting with Darkness / Installation view

Coexisting with Darkness

Missiles and UAV strikes led to the introduction of rolling blackouts, causing cities and villages to be periodically engulfed in darkness. ‘Energy terrorism’ tactics aimed to disrupt Ukraine’s ‘mental infrastructure’: to break people’s faith in their own strength and their trust in government. Through March 31, 2024 at Mystetskyi Arsenal in Kyiv, Ukraine.

 

Viacheslav Ratynskyi

Café Kyiv 2024

On February 19, Berlin hosted Café Kyiv, an annual event dedicated to Ukraine organized by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. The event brought together representatives of politics, business and culture to support Ukraine and discuss its European future. The Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers will join the event with the exhibition Armed Truth – 10 Years of the Revolution of Dignity and Euromaidan in Ukraine.

 

Oleksa Konopelko

Kyiv Perennial

Curating an international Kyiv Biennial with cultural workers in times of war poses a challenge both for the institutions and for the individuals involved. Curatorship under emergency circumstances imposes completely different conditions on the production and perception of artworks and discourses, and reimagines the biennial as a collective endeavor on an existential ground of political, social, and cultural survival. Through June 9, 2024, various locations, Berlin.

 

Danylo Pavlov, Bakhmut, 2023

Myroslav Laiuk: Bakhmut

During the most intense fighting for Bakhmut in the winter and in March 2023, the author spent days and nights with Ukrainian infantrymen and artillerymen, medics and chaplains, rescuers and children who remained in the city and its surroundings, where artillery shelling and street battles were a constant. Presented at the bookstore Sens in Kyiv and Published by Ukraïner.

 

Thierry Clech

Sunset on Ukraine

“My earliest memory of Ukraine is like a snow globe where a simple shake spreads the tiny sequins into the atmosphere, silver flakes swarming slowly in the confined sky, covering the entire landscape.” Photography and text by Thierry Clech. Published by Snoeck, 2022.

 

Igor Chekachkov

Igor Chekachkov

Started as a photojournalist in 2008, Igor Chakachkov covered a wide range of cultural, mass and sports events. The path through photographic fields, weaving through years of work and searching, led the author to the field of art photography which he still explores these days.

 

Roman Bordun, The view from the house in Irpin on June 30, 2022 © Roman Bordun

13 Stories of War

The Ukrainian Warchive has brought together visual essays created by 13 Ukrainian photographers and artists responding to the profound impact of full-scale war on their country and its people since the Russian invasion.

 

Kristina Podobed

Kristina Podobed

I started doing photography in 2011, mainly documenting myself and my female friends. I gradually became more aware of what I wanted to achieve as an artist and started to work on my personal projects. –Kristina Podobed. Ukraine based photographer and part of our 2020 Selection of 30 Under 30 Women Photographers.

 

Balnura Nusipova

Calvert 22

Calvert 22, UK’s leading cultural institution dedicated to promoting and supporting the new culture of the New East recently announcing the closure of its Calvert Journal, transformed now into the New East Digital Archive.

 

Bonnie Peterson

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago

The Institute was founded in 1971 through the initiative of art collectors Dr. Achilles and Vera Chreptowsky, and sculptors Konstantin Milonadis and Mychajlo Urban. They wanted to fill a void in the public’s understanding of nationally and internationally recognized Ukrainian artists engaged with contemporary art.

 

Louise Nevelson

Louise Nevelson

Louise Nevelson, artist, (Leah Berliawski) was born in 1899 in Perejaslav-Chmelnytskyj, Russia (now Ukraine) in a Jewish Orthodox family that emigrated to the USA in 1905. In the 1960s, she achieved major recognition, and late in life became one of the most celebrated post-war sculptors.

 

Stephen Shore

Survivors in Ukraine

303 Gallery recently presented an exhibition by Stephen Shore, of photographs from the artist’s series Survivors in Ukraine. This body of work was shot in Ukraine in 2012 and 2013, in and around the homes and villages of Holocaust survivors.

 

Michael Bochkarev

UPHA Made in Ukraine

UPHA Made in Ukraine is the first book published by BOOKSHA. The work on the project started in 2017. The book is the result of creative work by the participants of the Ukrainian Photographic Alternative group. For the final version of the book, 57 photographers were selected with 82 art projects.

 

Chien-Chi Chang / Magnum Photos

Ukraine: Updates from Magnum

Magnum Photographers are on the ground in Ukraine documenting the Russian invasion and its impact on life in the country, covering it as it is published alongside stories that report on the conflict.

 

Boris Mikhailov

Boris Mikhailov

Ukrainian born Boris Mikhailov is one of the leading photographers from the former Soviet Union. For over 30 years, he has explored the position of the individual within the historical mechanisms of public ideology, touching on such subjects as Ukraine under Soviet rule, the living conditions in post-communist Eastern Europe, and the fallen ideals of the Soviet Union.

 

Natalka Bilotserkivets, Craft Magazine / Photo by Kateryna Lashchykova

Natalka Bilotserkivets

Natalka Bilotserkivets is a Ukrainian poet and translator. In 1976 she graduated from the Kyiv University Department of philology. Worked in Maksym Rylsri Museum, as Molodist Publishing House poetry department editor, and over 20 years in the Ukrainian Culture magazine. Natalka is the author of 7 poetic collections and a book of literary critical essays.

 

ARTPIL Prescription .145 / WAR, and the Declaration of Human Rights

WAR, and the Declaration of Human Rights

Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice & peace in the world. Thus begins the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. we revisit some features and artists who have created in Resistance, Rebellion, and in the Struggle for Human Rights.

 

You can’t discern the weddings from the deaths…
For love in Kyiv is more terrible than
Ideas of New Communism: specters
Emerge in the intoxicated nights
Out of Bald Mountain, bearing in their hands
Red flags and pots of red geraniums.
You’ll die here by a scoundrel’s knife,
You’ll plunge here from a balcony, the sky, in
A brand-new Audi from an alley in Tartarka
Down headlong to your dirty little Paris
Your blood will spread like rust
upon a blouse of secretarial white.

Natalka Bilotserkivets
Translated by Andrew Sorokowsky

The Path of Totality
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Dislocations presents a contemporary update of Alex Webb’s long out-of-print 1998 book by the same name first published by...
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