1 March 2018—30 April 2018
Through March and April 2018, IZOLYATSIA will carry out the ZMINA A-I-R residency programme, part of the ZMINA project, in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine. The programme will consist of two-week art residencies in Pokrovsk, Bakhmut, Lysychansk, and Starobilsk.
Pokrovsk – Kateryna Buchatska, Egor Antsygin
Bakhmut – Alevtina Kakhidze, Yevgen Samborsky
Lysychansk – Oksana Kazmina, Yevhen Koroletov
Starobilsk – Pic Pic group
The artists were selected based on their practices which involve participation, interventions into urban space, and interactive art. The residencies will result in each artist making a research project reflecting on the current situation of their city of residence. The projects will rely on interactions with local communities.
The ZMINA A-I-R programme aims at fostering the informal culture in the target cities as well as presenting models of their creative interpretation involving minimal resources and active engagement of the local communities. The artists are expected not only to study the local context through their practices, but also to affect the way local people perceive their own history, landscape, and environment.
ZMINA is a series of cultural projects by IZOLYATSIA carried out in and for local communities in Eastern Ukraine since 2015. The name of the project (in Ukrainian, zmina means ‘work shift’, but also ‘change’) signifies the will for change and, at the same time, is a reference to the industrial context, with work shifts epitomising an undisturbed way of life and a peaceful reality that should be maintained.
The ZMINA A-I-R project is carried out as part of the Ukraine Confidence Building Initiative (UCBI II) funded by USAID.
The audio excursion is based on stories told by Starobilsk citizens about the making of the film The Wild Fields, adaptation of Serhiy Zhadan’s novel Voroshylovhrad. For everyone in Starobilsk, film shooting became one of the most interesting episodes in the city’s recent history, with almost every citizen taking part in the process.
The audio tour provides an interactive route co-created by each participant with the help of the mobile app. It has two walkthrough modes, collective and individual, with around 20 spots on the map located in different parts of the city. The walk shows around the city, its past and present through the stories of its inhabitants.
The mobile application is available at the App Store.
Photos by Mykola Molozhon.