Russian illegal prison on IZOLYATSIA premises has been operational for 10 years.

Art Wednesday: Front Line

The panel discussion dedicated to the interdisciplinary project At the Front Line. Ukrainian Art, 2013-2019 will take place on September 30, 2020, at 8 pm, as part of our Art-Wednesday program.

The project At the Front Line. Ukrainian Art, 2013-2019 took place in Mexico and Canada in 2019-2020 and focused on the artistic interpretation of the situation in Ukraine over the past seven years, including the Maidan protests, the annexation of Crimea, and the war with Russia. The artist Kristina Norman (Estonia), the film director Ivette Löcker (Germany), and the curators of the project, Svitlana Biedarieva and Ania Deikun (Ukraine/ Mexico) will share their vision of the Ukrainian cultural situation and the experience of presenting contemporary political art and documentary cinema in the international space. Also, within the framework of this event, there will be a presentation of the project catalog At the Front Line.

Photo: Kristina Norman, Souvenir, 2015.

Kristina Norman
Ivette Löcker
Inga Pylypchuk
Svitlana Biedarieva
Ania Deikun

The event will be held in English live on IZOLYATSIA facebook page.


Kristina Norman is an artist who focuses on stories of political cooperation and explores the relationship between the concepts of decolonization and "Europeanness" in the countries of the former Socialist bloc. She lives and works in Tallinn. In 2009, Kristina Norman represented Estonia at the 53rd Venice Biennale. The artist explored the ethical dimension of the contrast between different historical and geographical contexts in the installation Souvenir and video Iron Arch first presented at the 2015 Manifesta Biennale and further shown as part of the project At the Front Line.

Ivette Löcker is a documentary filmmaker living and working in Berlin. She received a Master's degree in Slavic Studies, Eastern European History, and Sociology from the University of Vienna in 1997. Ivette Löcker began her career as a production manager and assistant director of the film Pripyat by Nikolaus Geyrhalter. Löcker took part in At the Front Line's documentary program with the film Anja and Serjozha (2018) dedicated to the life of young people in frontline Mariupol. Together with her colleague, Inga Pylypchuk, she will talk about the creation and presentation of the film.

Svitlana Biedarieva is the curator of the project At the Front Line, currently based in Mexico. She obtained the degree of Doctor of History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, with a focus on Eastern European and Latin American art. As an artist, Svitlana Biedarieva held solo exhibitions The Morphology of War at the National Center of Arts in Mexico City and the Erasto Cortes Museum in Puebla in 2017. Laureate of the MUKHi Audience Award in 2019. She currently works on the book "Contemporary Art in Ukraine and the Baltic Countries: Political and Social Perspectives", which will be published by ibidem Press (Stuttgart).

Ania Deikun is the curator of At the Front Line project. She lives and works in Mexico. Ania Deikun focuses on research and teaching of the political and intellectual history of the twentieth century. She studied at the Free University of Berlin and the Center for Economic Research and Teaching in Mexico City. Laureate of the Genaro Estrada Prize awarded by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the study of diplomatic relations between Mexico and the Eastern Bloc. She teaches at the Institute of Higher Fashion Studies Casa de Francia.