Liza Babenko, "Commenting on the war: on the other side of the Russian propaganda or Ukrainian artists as hostages of the national patriotism"

photo: Maciej Ratuszny

The Katarzyna Kozyra Foundation is pleased to present the text by Liza Babenko "Commenting on the war: on the other side of the Russian propaganda or Ukrainian artists as hostages of the national patriotism". Her analysis was influenced by the festival Women Commentators organized by Foundation. 

Lisa Babenko is an art critic, researcher, film and theatre director based in Kiev. She received her Master’s Degree in Philosophy of Culture at the Russian State University for the Humanities. Babenko is interested in politically engaged contemporary theatre and cinema, video-art, art and film criticism, post-colonialial and feminist studies, among others.

She graduated from the Victor Misianoʼs Moscow Curatorial Summer School “Doing Exhibitions Politically" (The V-A-C Foundation and What, How and For Whom curatorial collective, 2012). Babenko was an activist of the Visual Culture Research Centre, Kiev, which organised many groundbreaking exhibitions of contemporary art, international conferences on art and politics as well as left-wing political campaigns. She curated numerous exhibitions and projects, including: “To the Production of Revolution”, performansu Keti Chukhrov “Afghan-Kuzminki” at the First Kiev International Biennale of Contemporary Art “Arsenale 2012, the 1st Ukrainian May Day Congress of creative workers, left-wing and feminist forces, the “Feminist Workshop“ in collaboration with Boryana Rossa in the fridge & Haspel (Sofia). Her last research and directing work is a learning play “Energy of Cosmos Is Indestructible!!!” in collaboration with Anton Vidokle, Research Congress “Former West: Documents, Constellations, Prospects” at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin 2013). Babenko is interested in art, film criticism, feminism, post-colonialism, politically involved contemporary theatre, cinema, art house and video-art.

Lisa Babenko on Academia.edu

A view of the Women Commentators Festival exhibition, photo: Katia Krupennikova