The accompanying program to the photography exhibition "After the escape" at the Zion Church deals with the possibilities of a reflected view in and outside of war events, curated by Kateryna Mishchenko.
Since the end of February 2022, Ukraine's entire logistics have changed to war: Evacuations, separations, deliveries of aid, the return of mostly male Ukrainians:inside who suddenly had to take up arms have become everyday practices. Through this dramatic dynamic, the people affected are forced to adopt new identities and role models in the short term: Artists:ins become soldiers:ins, hipsters:ins become social workers:ins, wealthy lawyers:ins become suppliers of medicines, and large numbers of fleeing working women* become single parents or have to care for their relatives. How can these changes forced by the outbreak of war be described and represented when media and art professionals themselves are subject to this change of meaning, since they too are directly involved in the war? How do personal stories of flight influence work in war and crisis zones? How can we report on wars? What (artistic) media are available to us for this purpose? What role do proximity and distance play in creating and viewing images? In the program accompanying the exhibition "After the Flight", Ukrainian and German media and cultural professionals as well as academics will talk about the possibilities of a reflected view in and outside of war events.
Reading "What do we do with flour, we rather need a baker".
Sat, 14.05, 7:00 pm
Diary of Evacuation by Kateryna Iakovlenko Discussion with Angelina Kariakina (editor-in-chief of the newsroom "Suspilne", the Ukrainian public radio station, Kyiv), Florian Bachmeier (photographer, Munich), moderated by Susanne Strätling (professor of general and comparative literature with a focus on Slavic literature at the Free University of Berlin) and translated by Frank Thomas. The event will be held in German.
The war in Ukraine is spoken and written about worldwide, it is represented in auditory and visual images. Its media representation is supposed to create empathy and solidarity with Ukrainians, although this often seems to be subject to today's fast pace and the short attention span associated with it. How do mediators of war deal with this? What difference does it make if they themselves are directly involved or affected? What ethical questions do they ask themselves during their work? Do they always succeed in reflecting or even questioning themselves in the process of mediation?
Panel discussion "Rescuing Art"
Wed, 25.05.2022, 7 p.m., Zionskirche Berlin
War challenges art and artist:ing, as well as all other areas of life and professional practices, to reinvent themselves. In such an extraordinary situation, does art possess a heightened mediating function? What practices does war impose? How can artworks and artists:inside be protected?
Date: Wednesday, 25.05.2022, 7 p.m., Zionskirche Berlin
Prologue: Alarming Symphony by Sasha Kurmaz
Kateryna Iakovlenko (author, art scholar)
& Alona Karavai (cultural manager, curator)
moderated by Wendy M.K. Shaw (art historian specializing in Islamic cultures)
Concert Mavka & Jazz Aid Ukraine
Sat, 28.05.2022, 7 p.m., Zionskirche Berlin
We are pleased to conclude the accompanying program "Evacuation Trains in Pictures" in cooperation with Mavka & Jazz Aid Ukraine. The concert will take place as the last evening event in the Zionskirche before it will temporarily close its doors for restoration works in early summer.
Our project takes place in cooperation with the Förderverein Zionskirche e.V. and is supported by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb) and the Rudolf Augstein Foundation.