Jul 202306Do
18.30 Uhr – 20.00 Uhr

FEINART TALK Series | 'Sunflower' – A Grassroots Resistance Movement Subverting the Art Institution in Poland

For this event, Ukrainian artist Yulia Krivich will engage in an open conversation with FEINART researcher Gabor Ehrlich about the Russian imperialist war, the current illiberal turn and the consequences for her own artistic practice.

The focus of the conversation will be on the 'Sunflower' Cultural Community Center in Warsaw, a postartistic endeavour run by Ukrainian practitioners and their Polish allies with the support of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (MSN). Krivich, who is one of the co-founders, will explain the multitude of activities and networks around 'Sunflower'. The center was created to provide community-based (artistic, curatorial, pedagogical and activist) responses to the Russian war of aggression.

Furthermore, the talk will explore Krivich’s own artistic practice. It will highlight Krivich's involvement in postartistic collectives resisting the chauvinist cultural turn in Poland and address the role of interdependent art institutions in the struggle against the cultural hegemony of the far-right in Eastern Europe.

Yulia Krivich (Poland / Ukraine) is a visual artist, activist, and curator. Her practice is based on a postartistic approach and community-building activities. Krivich is a co-founder of the Solidarity Community Center 'Sunflower' in the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw as well as a member of the Soniakh Digest, a digital platform that researches contemporary info-wars and geopolitics from the perspective of Eastern Europe. She participated in numerous exhibitions in Ukraine, Poland, and internationally. In 2022 she was part in the Ukrainian program at Documenta 15. In her work, she explores issues related to language, migration, and postcolonial theory.

Gábor Erlich is an artist/activist and an early-stage researcher within FEINART who grew up in a working-class family in a small Hungarian village. He completed his MFA at the Intermedia Department of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest. Erlich’s research, practice, as well as his activism are based on a Marxist approach to art and society.

The event will take place online.


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