“The School of Kyiv” – Department Vienna

A Class of the School of Kyiv, Kyiv Biennial in Vienna

“The School of Kyiv” is a project in co-operation with the Kyiv Biennial 2015 (www.theschoolofkyiv.org), which aims to destabilise the mutual projections (those of Kyiv onto Europe and Vienna onto the Ukraine) and instead indicate translocal conditions and constellations, shared by the two cities. At this stage there are four “Schools” – “The School of the Devil“, “The School of the Lonesome“, “The School of Migration“, “In the Darkness of the Night“ – around which “autonomous” art projects as well as agora-like displays of exchange, mediation and collective work are grouped. The project relies on the catalysing power of contemporary art but equally integrates forms of knowledge production around migration, asylum, the queer and the community. “The School of Kyiv” is located in art spaces as well as venues of migrant everyday life and its protagonists seek to interlink those diverse regimes of experience and knowledge.

The School of Kyiv” addresses antagonisms and renounces the obstructively repressive politics of so called “integration”. Underlying this discourse are the recent debates on the term of “dispossession” the expropriation of collective experience through the fragmentation of people’s lives, resulting in the incapacity of groups to build their political subjectivity. On the other hand the potentials of those dispossessions are filtered and creatively processed for alternative representations and identifications.

The propositions for subjectivization by contemporary art act as a catalyst to display experiences of everyday life, in a theatrical, performative or documentary manner. Then again the difficulty, complexity and ambiguity of artistic work is presented as a counter-world to the identificatory offers of the dominant pictorial world. Therefore, art is not at the service of social work or politics, but offers opportunities for a more poetic mediation.

“The School of the Lonesome” and “The School of the Devil” will be hosted in May at the Sandleitenhof, “The School of Migration” at municipal libraries and public space, and the events of “The School of the Lonesome” at the studio of the artist Heinz Frank and “Into the Darkness“ in WUK Vienna.

Artists among others:
Anatoly Belov and Oksana Kazmina, Igor and Ivan Buharov, Josef Dabernig, Ines Doujak and John Barker, Ben Fodor, Till Gathmann, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Tzu Nyen Ho, James T Hong, Vlodko Kaufman, Mikhail Koptev and the Orchard Theatre, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Katerina Mishchenko, Lada Nakonechna, Marina Naprushkina, Yves Netzhammer, Zeyno Pekünlü, Mykola Ridnyi, Ruti Sela and Maayan Amir, Felix Sobolev, Anton Vidokle

Curated by Hedwig Saxenhuber and Georg Schöllhammer.


Lection by Marina Naprushkina
11 May 2016, 7 pm

Performance by Zeyno Pekünlü, At the Age of all Possibles
10 May 2016, 7 pm

Fashion Performance by Mikhail Koptev and the Orchard Theatre
17 May 2016, 7 pm
WUK 1090 Vienna, Project Room, Währinger Straße 59

Discussion: Ukraine in Flames: What Art Can Tell After the Revolution
18 May 2016, 4 pm
Kunsthalle Exnergasse 1090 Vienna, Währinger Straße 59

Performance by Till Gathmann
19 May 2016, 7 pm
Sandleitenhof, 1160 Vienna, Matteottiplatz 6

Discussion with David Chichcan. How to Make the Radical Left Art in Ukraine
21 May 2016, 5 pm
Kunsthalle Exnergasse 1090 Vienna, Währinger Straße 59

Lecture by Lesia Kulchinska (VCRC). In-hibition: A Story of Love and Hatred Towards Art
21 May 2016, 7 pm
Kunsthalle Exnergasse 1090 Vienna, Währinger Straße 59


The School of the Devil
Sandleitenhof, 1160 Vienna, Matteottiplatz
Opening: 3 May 2016
Duration: 4 – 21 May 2016
Opening hours: daily 4 – 8 pm

The School of the Lonesome
Sandleitenhof, 1160 Vienna, Matteottiplatz and Studio Heinz Frank, 1150 Vienna, Guntherstraße 13
Opening: 3 May 2016
Duration: 4 – 21 May 2016
Studio Heinz Frank: only for scheduled events

The School of Migration
Selected libraries in Vienna
Opening: 3 May 2016
Duration: 4 – 21 May 2016
Opening hours: during business hours

Die Schule von Kyiv, “In the Darkness of the Night”
Kunsthalle Exnergasse 1090, Währinger Straße 59
In cooperation with Hudrada, Serge Klymko, Lesya Kulchynska and WUK Vienna.
Opening: 18 May 2016, 8 pm
Symposium: 18 May 2016, 4 pm
Exhibition: 19 – 29 May 2016
Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday 1 – 8 pm, Saturday 11 am – 2 pm