The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015

The School of Kyiv

8 September – 1 November 2015

ERSTE Foundation is happy and proud to be part of “The School of Kyiv”! Organising this Biennial in such politically uncertain times meets the desire of civil society to offer a platform for public exchange and political debate. We, at ERSTE Foundation, perceive this ambitious event as a strong and important signal to create an open arena of reflection and coming together. When the Biennial was in danger to be almost canceled this spring, numerous public art- and cultural institutions showed solidarity and offered support. Among them our long-term project partner, the Visual Culture Research Center (VCRC), which in addition also took over the organization of the Biennial. At that crucial point ERSTE Foundation decided to support „The School of Kyiv“ as well.

The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015 presents a new format of an art biennial integrating exhibitions and arenas of public reflection. Works of more than 100 international and Ukrainian artists are shown in an open display structure, including six Schools, where artists and intellectuals from around the world meet and work with the public in collaborative forums.

Departing from the current situation in Ukraine, “The School of Kyiv” addresses burning issues relevant for the citizens of Ukraine, Europe and beyond, as well as imagins egalitarian and alternative futures, and the counter-propositions of art.

As part of the biennial programme, we have the pleasure to invite you to a special evening on 28 October, consisting of the following programme:
Artist talk by Igor Grubić, screening of “East Side Story” (2006-2008) and excerpt of “Monument” (2010-2015),
followed by
Conversation with Petrit Selimi and Vedran Džihić about the “old and new landscapes”.

The School of Kyiv is an independent project curated by Hedwig Saxenhuber and Georg Schöllhammer, and conceived and organized together with the Visual Cultural Research Center (Kyiv).

Departments of The School of Kyiv will open in a series of institutions across Europe as an integral part of the project.