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Presentation About Ukrainian Street Art

July 11th, 2014
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News from Berlin – Is street art vandalism or rather an artistic way to raise awareness to crucial political and social issues? This will be the key question to be discussed this Saturday, 12th July, at Sprachenatelier Berlin at the project presentation of five students of the Freie University Berlin who used Ukrainian street art as an example for their project course “Civil disobedience? Society and state in Eastern Europe”. They investigated the topic in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, which, being a starting point of recent upheaval in Ukraine, offers a perfect ground for political street art.

The students travelled to Ukraine in April, in a time of the greatest turmoil that Kiev has been experiencing over the last couple of months to find out how different forms of street art can be used as civil disobedience. Magdalena, Alina, Marina, Christian and Anna documented countless graffiti, paintings and stickers, visited the famous Maidan Square where they interviewed local artists and activists to assure they bring home a complete picture of Ukrainian political art to present it to the Berliner audience. The evening will start with the presentation of their impressions and findings, which will be followed by a lecture from Prof. Dr. Gerald Geilert, art expert and professor of visual and audiovisual media.

The presentation starts at 7 pm, 12th July at Sprachenatelier Berlin (Frankfurter Allee 40, 10247 Berlin). The organizers invite everyone interested in contemporary art’s response to the Ukrainian crisis to participate and develop their own opinion about Ukrainian street art and the Maidan Square events. A glass of wine and snacks will be served during the exposition.  

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