Everyday life of the territories located in the war zone in the East of Ukraine

Everyday life of the territories located in the war zone in the East of Ukraine

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Center for Urban History, Lviv

Artist Yevhenia Belorusets and human rights activist Vira Yastrebova, who worked in Debaltseve, Lysychansk, and Severodonetsk, will take part in the discussion. The discussion will be moderated by the curators of the photographic program of the Doncult forum, Maria Lanko and Lizaveta Herman.

Eugenia Belorusets

was born in 1980 in Kyiv. She received a master’s degree in literature from the Kyiv National Linguistic University, studied at the Victor Marushchenko School of Photography, and completed postgraduate studies at the University of Vienna. Translator, editor, activist, she works at the intersection of visual arts, literature and social activism. In 2008 she founded the literary and art magazine “Prostory”. Since 2009 she has been a member of the Khudrada curatorial team. In 2010, the Belarusian received the award of The Guardian newspaper and the Royal Society of Photographers for the best photo essay (“Gogol, 32” project). He lives and works in Kyiv and Berlin.

Vira Yastrebova

lawyer, founder of the public human rights organization “Public Labor Control”. Due to the anti-terrorist operation, she was forced to leave her hometown of Debaltseve, now living in Lysychansk. The NGO works with people living in the Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts bordering the front line, regardless of their union membership. The organization’s activities are to protect socio-economic rights, provide legal education and the provision of primary and secondary legal aid, as well as combating non-payment of wages in extreme conditions.

The discussion took place within the framework of the "Region in the Lens" program of the DonCult cultural forum.

The program "Region in the lens" unites artists for whom Donbass has been and remains the subject of a comprehensive visual research, found in photo series (often long). Their projects focus on various dimensions of the history of Donbass over the past two decades: from the collapse of the miner's heroic image amid the decline of industry and the loss of social prestige to the understanding of extremely dangerous, often illegal work as the only available basis for war; from the life and leisure of working families, which have absorbed all the rudiments of the (post) Soviet way of life to the painful process of pubertal self-identification due to global cultural and behavioral models.

The program includes exhibitions of photo projects at various exhibition grounds in the city, as well as conversations with authors with the participation of invited opponents - theorists, researchers, writers and artists.

Curators of the program are Maria Lanko and Lizaveta Herman.

The event was made possible thanks to the support of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ukraine.


Cover Image: Photo project "Region in the Lens"