Public lecture by Vasyl Cherepanyn (director of Visual Culture Research Center, Kyiv) (EN)
In light of Russia's military invasion of Ukraine, a ruthless war that is taking place in Europe as we speak – leaving behind destroyed cities, thousands of dead, millions of refugees, poverty, all sorts of mass extermination, and the prospect of global famine – Vasyl Cherepanyn, puts this new catastrophic reality into the perspective of Europe at large. Discussing the recent as well as historical experiences of imperialism, colonialism, authoritarianism and revolution, the talk addresses European destinies in the realm of memory politics and the current threats to reclaiming democracy and the principles of internationalism. How can we reimagine the European institutional order out of another fascist war of aggression on the continent?
Vasyl Cherepanyn, born 1980, is head of the Visual Culture Research Center (VCRC), an institution founded in Kyiv in 2008 as a platform for collaboration among academic, artistic and activist communities. He holds a PhD in philosophy (aesthetics) and has lectured at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), University of Helsinki, Free University of Berlin, Merz Akademie in Stuttgart, University of Vienna, Institute for Advanced Studies of the Political Critique in Warsaw, and University of Greifswald. He was a visiting fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna in 2016. He coedited Guidebook of the Kyiv International (Medusa Books, 2018) and '68 NOW (Archive Books, 2019), and curated The European International (Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, 2018) and Hybrid Peace (Stroom, The Hague, 2019). VCRC is the organizer of the Kyiv Biennial (The School of Kyiv, 2015; The Kyiv International, 2017; The Kyiv International—’68 NOW, 2018; Black Cloud, 2019; Allied, 2021) and a founding member of the East Europe Biennial Alliance. VCRC received the European Cultural Foundation Princess Margriet Award for Culture in 2015 and the Igor Zabel Award Grant for Culture and Theory in 2018.
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