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A Decade into the European Refugees Crisis: Movie Screening & Talk with Mauro Mondello

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Monday, November 16, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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The European Studies Council, the Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Humanitarian Responses, and Mauro Mondello, World Fellow 2020; Reporter, Freelance Journalist present a screening of documentary shorts and a discussion addressing both the humanitarian crisis started in 2011 and the refugees in Europe during COVID-19.
Please register in advance for the zoom webinar link: https://yale.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_B06VVaf7SWa56Oc_q0DF9w
Stateless, by Mauro Mondello and Nunzio Gringery - 2011
Lampedusa in Berlin, by Mauro Mondello, cinematography by Paolo Lafratta - 2015
Among many other crises around the world, the European Refugees Crisis, which started in 2011 as a consequence of the Libyan and Syrian wars, is, still today, the most impactful for Europe. Namely, from security to economic or from political to geostrategic, its impacts on Europe are multifaceted. The migration dimension is, however, the most significant one. In addition to its crucial humanitarian extent, it is a source of dissent, contention and competition among the different EU Member States. Discussions around irregular migration have been threatening the solidarity and damaging the reputation of the EU. Together with the rapidly changing regional and global dynamics, the conditions of EU aspiring refugees/migrants has been worsening. Since the beginning of 2020, besides, COVID-19 and connected anti-migration policies of the EU Member States had severe impacts on the conditions of refugees/irregular migrants which are shadowed by the dazzling developments in other fields.
Mauro Mondello is a World Fellow 2020, a freelance reporter, war correspondent, documentary filmmaker and the co-founder of Yanez, an online long-form journalism magazine. Often focusing on human rights and freedoms, his reporting strives to garner dignity and respect for all cultures and religions and to foster an open society that provides shelter for refugees and space for all humanity. He began his journalism career as a staff journalist in Italy and was based in South America between 2008 and 2011. He then moved to Tunis to report on the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. From 2013 to 2019, he was based in Berlin, Germany. Mauro’s current work reports on a variety of issues, including refugees, migration, human rights, EU foreign policy, civil movements, mafia and Italian criminality, nuclear waste and climate change. His documentaries include “Lampedusa in Berlin,” a report about the eviction of migrants in Berlin, filmed in 2015.

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African American Performance in Post-WWII Soviet/Yugoslav Space and Screens

Event time: 
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Speaker/Performer: 
Ian MacMillen, Lecturer at Yale's Department of Music
Event description: 

The Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies Program presents Dr. Ian MacMillen, Yale University, to discuss “African American Performance in Post-WWII Soviet/Yugoslav Space and Screens.”
Please register for the zoom webinar link: https://yale.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2Il8C3jeTgixb9hDN2GEGg
Throughout the 20th century, and especially after WWII, people of African descent immigrated to the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia from both sub-Saharan Africa and its diasporas in North America. Yet in both federal socialist republics, locals of non-African descent were often less likely to have contact with or reason to think about local Black citizens than they were to encounter elite African American performers, either through their tours or through the mediation and dissemination of their work (in all cases arranged and overseen by high-ranking Communist Party officials and/or the U.S. State Department and Information Agency). This talk examines comparatively the history of postwar African American performance (especially music) in the USSR and Yugoslavia and its effects upon audio-visual culture in both countries and particularly within their films.
Ian MacMillen is a Lecturer at Yale’s Department of Music. His scholarship focuses on such subjects as the use of jazz in Soviet animated film; racialized trauma and the interaction of music and flags in American and post-Yugoslav cultural memory; sonic fascination in Bulgarian music tourism; and the racialization and denial of affect among the former Yugoslavia’s tambura stringband musicians. His book on the latter topic, Playing It Dangerously, was published by Wesleyan University Press in 2019, and he is currently working on a new monograph on the complicity of music and other sound in forgetting 20th-century atrocities in Central and Southeastern Europe.

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Can Britain Have a Grand Strategy after Brexit Panel

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Monday, November 9, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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Speaker/Performer: 
TBA
Event description: 

The EU Studies Program along with Hamish Falconer, World Fellow 2020, present a panel of experts to discuss “Can Britain Have a Grand Strategy after Brexit” Featuring the following speakers:
Ben Judah is a foreign policy writer based in New York, with his current research focus on the foreign and economic policy of both post-Brexit Britain and a potential future Biden-Harris Administration.
Georgina is a senior researcher at the Institute for Government where she focuses on Global Britain, Franco-British relations and the future of the EU. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
Hamish Falconer is a former member of Britain’s foreign service and a current World Fellow
Moderated by: Professor David Cameron, Professor of Political Science
Please register in advance for the zoom webinar link:
https://yale.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IhtlPqXtQ_-CuPYqEFaEFQ

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Sound of the Nation: Russian-Speaker Integration in Latvia

Event time: 
Friday, November 6, 2020 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
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Speaker/Performer: 
Indra Ekmanis, Baltic Sea Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute
Event description: 

The European Studies Council and the Baltic Studies Program at Yale present Indra Ekmanis, Baltic Sea Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute, who will present the following talk on “Sound of the Nation: Russian-Speaker Integration in Latvia”
Comments by Solvita Denisa-Liepniece, Juris Padegs Fellow, Yale University
Please register for the webinar zoom link: https://yale.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8wrN-QlLSZ6d22Qwct8saA
Dr. Indra Ekmanis is the editor of FPRI’s Baltic Bulletin, and a Baltic Sea Fellow in the Eurasia Program. She was previously an editor for public radio’s The World through the ACLS/Mellon Public Fellows Program, where she focused on worldwide migration and European issues. Dr. Ekmanis recently completed a fellowship as a Kennan Institute Title VIII Research Scholar at The Wilson Center. She has a PhD in International Studies from the University of Washington. Her academic research looks at social integration, minority rights, nationalism, civil society and democratic transition, with an area specialization in the Baltic Sea Region and post-Soviet space. She is currently working on an interdisciplinary edited volume on disinformation in the Baltic region.

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Visual Acts of Radical Care: An Exhibition of Feminist Artists-Activists from Central and Eastern Europe

Event time: 
Monday, November 30, 2020 - 12:00am
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Speaker/Performer: 
Curator, Aniko Szucs (Yale University)
Event description: 

3D Virtual Art Exhibition
Curated by Dr. Aniko Szucs, Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Yale University
Featuring the following feminist artists/activists:
Rufina Bazlova
Andi GV
Alevtyna Kakhidze
Cecylia Malik
Masha Svyatogor
To view the 3D virtual exhibit: https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/2306160/visual-acts-of-r…
For easiest viewing-enter fullscreen and click on start guided tour.

Introduction of Exhibition

“In a political situation in which care is both exceptionally necessary and exceptionally underprovided,” writes artivist Harry Josephine Giles, “acts of care begin to look politically radical. To care is to act against the grain of the social and economic orthodoxy: to advocate care is… to advocate a kind of political rupture.” In Central and Eastern Europe, authoritarian regimes and illiberal democracies have been aggressively suppressing solidarity, curiosity, and tolerance by silencing and disenfranchising artists, expelling NGO organizations, and debilitating social movements. Taking a stand against such oppressive trends by building allyship amongst ethnically, racially, religiously varied communities has indeed become an act of “radical care.”

With the global state of populist and nationalist governments taking control, advocacy work and practicing care has become an ethical commitment. Radical care demands that activists, artists, and scholars rethink the conditions of equality, togetherness, and diversity. Radical care proposes mutual recognition and mutual aid; it envisions alternative forms of solidarity and acts of sharing.

The artists presented in this exhibition perform acts of radical care in at least three different ways: by bringing to fore invisible experiences and existences, by becoming protectors instead of protestors, and by daring to expose the radical ruptures in society. Hungarian photographer, Andi GV and Ukrainian visual artist Alevtina Kakhidze both redraw—Andi GV through photography and Kakhidze with pencil and ink—the contours and shades of those who live in liminal geopolitical spaces, dehumanized and unrecognized by the nation states and international organizations. The artworks of Polish artist and artivist Cecylia Malik and the Belarusian artist Masha Svyatogor demonstrate how performances of radical care may transform the position of the activist: protestors, through their affective advocacy work, become protectors of ecological, racial ethnic, labor, and human rights causes. Lastly, this exhibition also proposes that certain protest actions may constitute acts of radical care. By subverting the Belarusian folk embroidery tradition and Poland’s most sacred religious icon in their artivist works, Rufina Bazlova and Polish LGBTQ activists, respectively, turn well-known nationalistic and religious tropes into sites of rupture. In these images the conflicting ideologies are visualized, and—within the utopia of the artworks—perhaps are also reconciled.

Each of these artists succeed in accomplishing the ultimate goal of radical care: they build communities and inspire them to envision new social realities. Through their works, the organizers of this conference and the curators of this exhibition invite you to do the same.

Admission: 
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Visual Acts of Radical Care: An Exhibition of Feminist Artists-Activists from Central and Eastern Europe

Event time: 
Sunday, November 29, 2020 - 12:00am
Location: 
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Speaker/Performer: 
Curator, Aniko Szucs (Yale University)
Event description: 

3D Virtual Art Exhibition
Curated by Dr. Aniko Szucs, Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Yale University
Featuring the following feminist artists/activists:
Rufina Bazlova
Andi GV
Alevtyna Kakhidze
Cecylia Malik
Masha Svyatogor
To view the 3D virtual exhibit: https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/2306160/visual-acts-of-r…
For easiest viewing-enter fullscreen and click on start guided tour.

Introduction of Exhibition

“In a political situation in which care is both exceptionally necessary and exceptionally underprovided,” writes artivist Harry Josephine Giles, “acts of care begin to look politically radical. To care is to act against the grain of the social and economic orthodoxy: to advocate care is… to advocate a kind of political rupture.” In Central and Eastern Europe, authoritarian regimes and illiberal democracies have been aggressively suppressing solidarity, curiosity, and tolerance by silencing and disenfranchising artists, expelling NGO organizations, and debilitating social movements. Taking a stand against such oppressive trends by building allyship amongst ethnically, racially, religiously varied communities has indeed become an act of “radical care.”

With the global state of populist and nationalist governments taking control, advocacy work and practicing care has become an ethical commitment. Radical care demands that activists, artists, and scholars rethink the conditions of equality, togetherness, and diversity. Radical care proposes mutual recognition and mutual aid; it envisions alternative forms of solidarity and acts of sharing.

The artists presented in this exhibition perform acts of radical care in at least three different ways: by bringing to fore invisible experiences and existences, by becoming protectors instead of protestors, and by daring to expose the radical ruptures in society. Hungarian photographer, Andi GV and Ukrainian visual artist Alevtina Kakhidze both redraw—Andi GV through photography and Kakhidze with pencil and ink—the contours and shades of those who live in liminal geopolitical spaces, dehumanized and unrecognized by the nation states and international organizations. The artworks of Polish artist and artivist Cecylia Malik and the Belarusian artist Masha Svyatogor demonstrate how performances of radical care may transform the position of the activist: protestors, through their affective advocacy work, become protectors of ecological, racial ethnic, labor, and human rights causes. Lastly, this exhibition also proposes that certain protest actions may constitute acts of radical care. By subverting the Belarusian folk embroidery tradition and Poland’s most sacred religious icon in their artivist works, Rufina Bazlova and Polish LGBTQ activists, respectively, turn well-known nationalistic and religious tropes into sites of rupture. In these images the conflicting ideologies are visualized, and—within the utopia of the artworks—perhaps are also reconciled.

Each of these artists succeed in accomplishing the ultimate goal of radical care: they build communities and inspire them to envision new social realities. Through their works, the organizers of this conference and the curators of this exhibition invite you to do the same.

Admission: 
Free
Open To: 

Visual Acts of Radical Care: An Exhibition of Feminist Artists-Activists from Central and Eastern Europe

Event time: 
Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 12:00am
Location: 
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Speaker/Performer: 
Curator, Aniko Szucs (Yale University)
Event description: 

3D Virtual Art Exhibition
Curated by Dr. Aniko Szucs, Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Yale University
Featuring the following feminist artists/activists:
Rufina Bazlova
Andi GV
Alevtyna Kakhidze
Cecylia Malik
Masha Svyatogor
To view the 3D virtual exhibit: https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/2306160/visual-acts-of-r…
For easiest viewing-enter fullscreen and click on start guided tour.

Introduction of Exhibition

“In a political situation in which care is both exceptionally necessary and exceptionally underprovided,” writes artivist Harry Josephine Giles, “acts of care begin to look politically radical. To care is to act against the grain of the social and economic orthodoxy: to advocate care is… to advocate a kind of political rupture.” In Central and Eastern Europe, authoritarian regimes and illiberal democracies have been aggressively suppressing solidarity, curiosity, and tolerance by silencing and disenfranchising artists, expelling NGO organizations, and debilitating social movements. Taking a stand against such oppressive trends by building allyship amongst ethnically, racially, religiously varied communities has indeed become an act of “radical care.”

With the global state of populist and nationalist governments taking control, advocacy work and practicing care has become an ethical commitment. Radical care demands that activists, artists, and scholars rethink the conditions of equality, togetherness, and diversity. Radical care proposes mutual recognition and mutual aid; it envisions alternative forms of solidarity and acts of sharing.

The artists presented in this exhibition perform acts of radical care in at least three different ways: by bringing to fore invisible experiences and existences, by becoming protectors instead of protestors, and by daring to expose the radical ruptures in society. Hungarian photographer, Andi GV and Ukrainian visual artist Alevtina Kakhidze both redraw—Andi GV through photography and Kakhidze with pencil and ink—the contours and shades of those who live in liminal geopolitical spaces, dehumanized and unrecognized by the nation states and international organizations. The artworks of Polish artist and artivist Cecylia Malik and the Belarusian artist Masha Svyatogor demonstrate how performances of radical care may transform the position of the activist: protestors, through their affective advocacy work, become protectors of ecological, racial ethnic, labor, and human rights causes. Lastly, this exhibition also proposes that certain protest actions may constitute acts of radical care. By subverting the Belarusian folk embroidery tradition and Poland’s most sacred religious icon in their artivist works, Rufina Bazlova and Polish LGBTQ activists, respectively, turn well-known nationalistic and religious tropes into sites of rupture. In these images the conflicting ideologies are visualized, and—within the utopia of the artworks—perhaps are also reconciled.

Each of these artists succeed in accomplishing the ultimate goal of radical care: they build communities and inspire them to envision new social realities. Through their works, the organizers of this conference and the curators of this exhibition invite you to do the same.

Admission: 
Free
Open To: 

Visual Acts of Radical Care: An Exhibition of Feminist Artists-Activists from Central and Eastern Europe

Event time: 
Friday, November 27, 2020 - 12:00am
Location: 
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Speaker/Performer: 
Curator, Aniko Szucs (Yale University)
Event description: 

3D Virtual Art Exhibition
Curated by Dr. Aniko Szucs, Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Yale University
Featuring the following feminist artists/activists:
Rufina Bazlova
Andi GV
Alevtyna Kakhidze
Cecylia Malik
Masha Svyatogor
To view the 3D virtual exhibit: https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/2306160/visual-acts-of-r…
For easiest viewing-enter fullscreen and click on start guided tour.

Introduction of Exhibition

“In a political situation in which care is both exceptionally necessary and exceptionally underprovided,” writes artivist Harry Josephine Giles, “acts of care begin to look politically radical. To care is to act against the grain of the social and economic orthodoxy: to advocate care is… to advocate a kind of political rupture.” In Central and Eastern Europe, authoritarian regimes and illiberal democracies have been aggressively suppressing solidarity, curiosity, and tolerance by silencing and disenfranchising artists, expelling NGO organizations, and debilitating social movements. Taking a stand against such oppressive trends by building allyship amongst ethnically, racially, religiously varied communities has indeed become an act of “radical care.”

With the global state of populist and nationalist governments taking control, advocacy work and practicing care has become an ethical commitment. Radical care demands that activists, artists, and scholars rethink the conditions of equality, togetherness, and diversity. Radical care proposes mutual recognition and mutual aid; it envisions alternative forms of solidarity and acts of sharing.

The artists presented in this exhibition perform acts of radical care in at least three different ways: by bringing to fore invisible experiences and existences, by becoming protectors instead of protestors, and by daring to expose the radical ruptures in society. Hungarian photographer, Andi GV and Ukrainian visual artist Alevtina Kakhidze both redraw—Andi GV through photography and Kakhidze with pencil and ink—the contours and shades of those who live in liminal geopolitical spaces, dehumanized and unrecognized by the nation states and international organizations. The artworks of Polish artist and artivist Cecylia Malik and the Belarusian artist Masha Svyatogor demonstrate how performances of radical care may transform the position of the activist: protestors, through their affective advocacy work, become protectors of ecological, racial ethnic, labor, and human rights causes. Lastly, this exhibition also proposes that certain protest actions may constitute acts of radical care. By subverting the Belarusian folk embroidery tradition and Poland’s most sacred religious icon in their artivist works, Rufina Bazlova and Polish LGBTQ activists, respectively, turn well-known nationalistic and religious tropes into sites of rupture. In these images the conflicting ideologies are visualized, and—within the utopia of the artworks—perhaps are also reconciled.

Each of these artists succeed in accomplishing the ultimate goal of radical care: they build communities and inspire them to envision new social realities. Through their works, the organizers of this conference and the curators of this exhibition invite you to do the same.

Admission: 
Free
Open To: 

Visual Acts of Radical Care: An Exhibition of Feminist Artists-Activists from Central and Eastern Europe

Event time: 
Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 12:00am
Location: 
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Speaker/Performer: 
Curator, Aniko Szucs (Yale University)
Event description: 

3D Virtual Art Exhibition
Curated by Dr. Aniko Szucs, Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Yale University
Featuring the following feminist artists/activists:
Rufina Bazlova
Andi GV
Alevtyna Kakhidze
Cecylia Malik
Masha Svyatogor
To view the 3D virtual exhibit: https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/2306160/visual-acts-of-r…
For easiest viewing-enter fullscreen and click on start guided tour.

Introduction of Exhibition

“In a political situation in which care is both exceptionally necessary and exceptionally underprovided,” writes artivist Harry Josephine Giles, “acts of care begin to look politically radical. To care is to act against the grain of the social and economic orthodoxy: to advocate care is… to advocate a kind of political rupture.” In Central and Eastern Europe, authoritarian regimes and illiberal democracies have been aggressively suppressing solidarity, curiosity, and tolerance by silencing and disenfranchising artists, expelling NGO organizations, and debilitating social movements. Taking a stand against such oppressive trends by building allyship amongst ethnically, racially, religiously varied communities has indeed become an act of “radical care.”

With the global state of populist and nationalist governments taking control, advocacy work and practicing care has become an ethical commitment. Radical care demands that activists, artists, and scholars rethink the conditions of equality, togetherness, and diversity. Radical care proposes mutual recognition and mutual aid; it envisions alternative forms of solidarity and acts of sharing.

The artists presented in this exhibition perform acts of radical care in at least three different ways: by bringing to fore invisible experiences and existences, by becoming protectors instead of protestors, and by daring to expose the radical ruptures in society. Hungarian photographer, Andi GV and Ukrainian visual artist Alevtina Kakhidze both redraw—Andi GV through photography and Kakhidze with pencil and ink—the contours and shades of those who live in liminal geopolitical spaces, dehumanized and unrecognized by the nation states and international organizations. The artworks of Polish artist and artivist Cecylia Malik and the Belarusian artist Masha Svyatogor demonstrate how performances of radical care may transform the position of the activist: protestors, through their affective advocacy work, become protectors of ecological, racial ethnic, labor, and human rights causes. Lastly, this exhibition also proposes that certain protest actions may constitute acts of radical care. By subverting the Belarusian folk embroidery tradition and Poland’s most sacred religious icon in their artivist works, Rufina Bazlova and Polish LGBTQ activists, respectively, turn well-known nationalistic and religious tropes into sites of rupture. In these images the conflicting ideologies are visualized, and—within the utopia of the artworks—perhaps are also reconciled.

Each of these artists succeed in accomplishing the ultimate goal of radical care: they build communities and inspire them to envision new social realities. Through their works, the organizers of this conference and the curators of this exhibition invite you to do the same.

Admission: 
Free
Open To: 

Visual Acts of Radical Care: An Exhibition of Feminist Artists-Activists from Central and Eastern Europe

Event time: 
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 12:00am
Location: 
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Speaker/Performer: 
Curator, Aniko Szucs (Yale University)
Event description: 

3D Virtual Art Exhibition
Curated by Dr. Aniko Szucs, Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Yale University
Featuring the following feminist artists/activists:
Rufina Bazlova
Andi GV
Alevtyna Kakhidze
Cecylia Malik
Masha Svyatogor
To view the 3D virtual exhibit: https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/2306160/visual-acts-of-r…
For easiest viewing-enter fullscreen and click on start guided tour.

Introduction of Exhibition

“In a political situation in which care is both exceptionally necessary and exceptionally underprovided,” writes artivist Harry Josephine Giles, “acts of care begin to look politically radical. To care is to act against the grain of the social and economic orthodoxy: to advocate care is… to advocate a kind of political rupture.” In Central and Eastern Europe, authoritarian regimes and illiberal democracies have been aggressively suppressing solidarity, curiosity, and tolerance by silencing and disenfranchising artists, expelling NGO organizations, and debilitating social movements. Taking a stand against such oppressive trends by building allyship amongst ethnically, racially, religiously varied communities has indeed become an act of “radical care.”

With the global state of populist and nationalist governments taking control, advocacy work and practicing care has become an ethical commitment. Radical care demands that activists, artists, and scholars rethink the conditions of equality, togetherness, and diversity. Radical care proposes mutual recognition and mutual aid; it envisions alternative forms of solidarity and acts of sharing.

The artists presented in this exhibition perform acts of radical care in at least three different ways: by bringing to fore invisible experiences and existences, by becoming protectors instead of protestors, and by daring to expose the radical ruptures in society. Hungarian photographer, Andi GV and Ukrainian visual artist Alevtina Kakhidze both redraw—Andi GV through photography and Kakhidze with pencil and ink—the contours and shades of those who live in liminal geopolitical spaces, dehumanized and unrecognized by the nation states and international organizations. The artworks of Polish artist and artivist Cecylia Malik and the Belarusian artist Masha Svyatogor demonstrate how performances of radical care may transform the position of the activist: protestors, through their affective advocacy work, become protectors of ecological, racial ethnic, labor, and human rights causes. Lastly, this exhibition also proposes that certain protest actions may constitute acts of radical care. By subverting the Belarusian folk embroidery tradition and Poland’s most sacred religious icon in their artivist works, Rufina Bazlova and Polish LGBTQ activists, respectively, turn well-known nationalistic and religious tropes into sites of rupture. In these images the conflicting ideologies are visualized, and—within the utopia of the artworks—perhaps are also reconciled.

Each of these artists succeed in accomplishing the ultimate goal of radical care: they build communities and inspire them to envision new social realities. Through their works, the organizers of this conference and the curators of this exhibition invite you to do the same.

Admission: 
Free
Open To: 
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