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

ZMINA: Rebuilding. The projects of international subgrants first wave

IZOLYATSIA Foundation, together with Trans Europe Halles (SE) and Malý Berlín (SK), are starting the first wave of ZMINA: Rebuilding international subgrants projects implementation.

The first wave of ZMINA: Rebuilding international subgrants aims to support cultural organisations working with peers from Creative Europe countries, including Ukraine, to present high-visibility cooperation projects. Projects must increase the showcasing of Ukrainian culture abroad and share perspectives internationally, particularly in reimagining, reinventing, and reconstructing communities. 

Summing up the results of the first call for international projects, 86 applications were submitted by applicants. Among these 86 applications, 12 projects were supported by ZMINA: Rebuilding program with a total budget of 600 693 euros. 

Net Making — The National Pavilion of Ukraine at the 60th Venice Biennale by NGO Ukrainian Photography, Labirynt Gallery, Open Eye Gallery & Ukrainian Institute

The National Pavilion of Ukraine at the 60th Venice Biennale is being curated and implemented by the NGO Ukrainian Photography as the winner of the open contest organised by the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine. Galeria Labirynt (Lublin, Poland), Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool, UK) and Ukrainian Institute are the core partners of Ukrainian Photography in developing the exhibition and the programme of related events in Venice in 2024. Ukraine will be represented by three artworks by leading Ukrainian contemporary artists: Katya Buchatska, Andrii Dostliev, Lia Dostlieva, Daniil Revkovskyi and Andriy Rachinskyi within the large-scale architectural structure. The project entitled Net Making refers to the metaphor of weaving a camouflage net as a joint action, which simultaneously allows and helps the emancipation of each participant. The exhibition will present viewers with various shared experiences and means of communication. The project builds upon socially engaged artistic and curatorial practices, bringing together various communities and artists to address the most relevant questions, such as identity construction, collaboration and joint action, and communication mechanisms.

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Babylon Villeneuve 2024 by Babylon'13 & UNION DES UKRAINIENS DE FRANCE

Babylon Villeneuve is an international project for screening Ukrainian documentaries in French; the first season was successfully launched in late 2022 with the support of the Prague Civil Society Centre and ended in October 2023. Ukrainian cinema, in particular, produced by Babylon'13, is a great example of Ukrainian culture and a conduit for the truth about Ukraine. As a rule, it is translated into English but rarely has French translations, and therefore for a French audience. While France is an important player in the European arena, the French-speaking world should not be overlooked when we talk about spreading Ukrainian culture and countering Russian propaganda. The project aims to fill this gap and increase the French-speaking audience for Ukrainian cinema. The project is implemented by the NGO Creative Association Babylon'13 — a group of Ukrainian filmmakers producing short and full-length Ukrainian documentary films, which included several well-known Ukrainian directors, producers, cameramen and sound engineers, founded after the dispersal of Euromaidan in late November 2013. The project's main partner is UNION DES UKRAINIENS DE FRANCE (UNION OF UKRAINIANS OF FRANCE). This is a large, reputable, non-profit organisation founded in 1949. Its activities have many directions, among which the main ones are the dissemination and preservation of Ukrainian culture in France, countering Russian propaganda and protecting Ukrainian identity among Ukrainian migrants and their children.

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The Tour of the Performance Mariupol#nadiya_na_svitanok by Khmelnytskyi Regional Academic Music and Drama Theater & Association Zherelo

Tour of the interactive show-performance of art therapy, Mariupol #nadiya_na_svitanok, with a seminar discussion on the issues of restoring the psycho-emotional state of Ukrainians and the beginning of the reconstruction of Ukraine. The main goal of the tour of the performance Mariupol#nadiya_na_svitanok is to draw the public's attention to the current issues of Ukraine and its citizens. Using the example of the story of the play, the plot of which unfolds in the shelter of the Azovstal plant in the city of Mariupol, to direct the attention of the audience to the importance of restoring the psycho-emotional state of Ukrainians as the basis for the future reconstruction of Ukrainians cities, as the homes of citizens, who are now scattered all over the world. Also, this tour can motivate Ukrainians currently in Spain and Poland to return to Ukraine for further reconstruction. The project is implemented by Khmelnytskyi Regional Academic Music and Drama Theater, named after M. Starytskyi, founded in 1931. Since then, it has worked in the cultural sector and is currently the only professional music-drama theatre in the entire Khmelnytskyi region. Every year, the theatre releases from 6 to 8 premieres of plays of different genres and different themes. The repertoire includes dramatic, music-dramatic, choreographic performances, performances for the chamber stage and children's performances.

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Kino Guarimba Film Residency — Rebuilding Ukrainian Cultural Sector by Associazione Culturale La Guarimba International Film Festival, Amantea, and ArteNativa

Kino Guarimba is a collaborative residency program for international filmmakers in Calabria, Southern Italy. The topic of this edition will be Rebuilding Ukrainian Cultural Sector. The program will provide scholarships to 10 Ukrainian women directors. It aims to support Ukrainian filmmakers by fostering creative exchange, skill development, and cultural exploration. The residency facilitates the production of short films in a Southern Italian town, actively involving local communities. It also offers networking opportunities and enhances international visibility for the films produced. The works created by Ukrainian filmmakers will be showcased during a special screening organized in Málaga, Spain, organized by the international partners of ArteNativa. Furthermore, the films will be distributed globally, supporting Ukrainian cinema internationally. The Associazione Culturale La Guarimba International Film Festival, Amantea, and ArteNativa implement the project. La Guarimba is a social innovation project and a non-profit organization based in Calabria, Southern Italy. AmaTea is an active collective of creative youth that has existed in Chernihiv since 2006. Since 2013, it has been a public organization. ArteNativa is a cultural association that proposes an alternative form of teaching Italian to foreigners through the arts. 

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The White Disease: The Fantastic Realism of One Wartime by NGO Narodna Dopomoha Ukraine, The Centre of Ukrainian Initiatives in the area of Culture, Policy, and Economics, NGO Center for Ukrainian Initiatives in Culture, Politics and Economics & Municipal cultural institution Dnipro City Youth Theatre Virymo

The project goal is to contribute to the creation of a high image of Ukrainian performative art and to promote actual Ukrainian senses and values through showcasing the dramatic performance of The White Disease by Karel Čapek in Europe (Austria and the Czech Republic) and forum discussions on the topic of reconstruction with the participation of key stakeholders from cultural area, local authorities, Ukrainian diasporas, and refugees. The project presupposes wide coverage (shows in two capitals of Europe) and forum discussions for the involvement of broader audiences in interpreting the topic of rebuilding in the play's art context. NGO Narodna Dopomoha Ukraine implements the project. It has been implementing projects in Ukraine since the 1990s, with funding from institutional donors, including the European Commission, the Austrian Ministry for Social Affairs, the Austrian Development Agency, etc.

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Ukrainian Pavilion at Malta Biennale 2024 by NGO Cultural Practice, Past / Future / Art Memory Culture Platform & Cultural Association Nosadella.due

The project aims to create and present the Ukrainian National Pavilion at the first Malta Biennale of Contemporary Art (2024). The Biennale authorities see Ukraine's participation as a political task and guaranteeing space for the Ukrainian pavilion, where the Ukrainian message will be visible and represented on an equal footing with other European countries. The Maltese government and UNESCO are involved in the launch of the new cultural festival. The pavilions will be presented on cultural heritage sites. The project of the Ukrainian pavilion is thus planned as an event of cultural diplomacy, especially important in times of Russian full-scale invasion. The project focuses on the topics chosen as key by the Biennale: working through the colonial past and the cultural phenomenon of the Mediterranean from a wide perspective. The Ukrainian pavilion symbolically unites Malta and the Ukrainian city of Odesa, the traditional gate between the Mediterranean civilization and Ukrainian steppes. The Pavilion will present a project by Alevtina Kakhidze, an established artist with international experience and presence. A project is implemented by NGO Cultural Practices — a non-profit organisation founded by Kateryna Semenyuk and Oksana Dovgopolova in 2017 that has been focused on collective memory and visual art. Other partners of the project: Past / Future / Art memory culture platform, Cultural Association Nosadella.due.

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ZMINA: Rebuilding is a project the EU's Creative Europe program co-funded as part of a special call for proposals to support Ukrainian IDPs and the Ukrainian cultural and creative sectors. The project is the result of cooperation between the IZOLYATSIA Foundation (Ukraine), the Trans Europe Halles network (Sweden) and the Malý Berlín organization (Slovakia).