FESTIVAL

Women Commentators (Russia and Ukraine)

All photos: Maciej Ratuszny

Komentatorki / Women Commentators Festival was an event based on a relationship and interaction with the public. The objective was the creation of a broader space for a dialogue between Russian and Ukrainian female artists and the Polish audience. The project, conceived as a combination of visual arts and political science, strived to promote activities of women working in a variety of art media as well as their presence in public life. It defied stereotypes, provided new information, which might have not been widely known at the time, and engaged wider audience.

The underlying assumption of the festival was that we didn’t want to ignore either the current political and artistic events, or the situation of women in general. We wanted to have real impact and we knew that art was the perfect tool to achieve that goal.

Katarzyna Kozyra Foundation supports young female artists who use unusual forms of artistic expression and whose common denominator is the compelling need to reflect upon the world around them – their social and political surroundings. The 2014 edition of the Women Commentators project was dedicated to the activities of young female artists from Russia and Ukraine. Each of the invited artists developed their own way of analysing modern-day problems. This aspect added even more dimensions and value to the project – it invited to participate in a discussion that did not exclude any group and made no assumptions.

During the festival we launched an exhibition, organised debates and workshops held by artists and invited special guests: experts on art, social sciences and politics. We also organised film screenings prepared in collaboration with our partners: Planete+ Doc Film Festival (now: Docs Against Gravity Film Festival) and Against Gravity, concerts, performances and readings.

Artists:

Liza Babenko, Yevgenia Belorusets, Lusine Djanyan, Mariia Gonchar, Olga Jitlina, Alevtina Kakhidze, Lesia Khomenko, Maria Kiseleva, Ekatarina Lazareva, Lyubov Matyunina

Festival: 3 – 5 October 2014.
Exhibition: 3 – 26 October 2014.
Królikarnia – Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture, Department of the National Museum in Warsaw.
Curator: Katia Krupennikova.

Organised by the Katarzyna Kozyra Foundation

The project carried out in cooperation with and courtesy of the National Museum in Warsaw, Królikarnia Department – Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture.

Partners: Planete+ Doc Film Festival (now: Docs Against Gravity Film Festival) and Against Gravity, Hostel Pepe, Lodove, Skamiejka Restaurant and Filigran Sp. z o.o.  

Media patronage: TVP Kultura, Radio TOK FM, Culture.pl, Natemat.pl.

The project is co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE: 

Liza Babenko, Yevgenia Belorusets, Joanna Borkowska, Agata Czarnacka, Klementyna Dec, Lusine Djanyan, Magda Gemra, Jason Goldsmith, Mariia Gonchar, Mariusz Grzelak, Małgorzata Jacyno, Olga Jitlina, Alevtina Kakhidze, Aleksandra Karasińska, Lesia Khomenko, Maria Kiseleva, Ewa Kozik, Kaja Kręglicka, Katia Krupennikova, Alicja Latkowska, Ekatarina Lazareva, Anna Łazar, Kajetan Łukomski, Anna Maciąga, Lyubov Matyunina, Agnieszka Morawińska, Helena Olenderek, Aleksandra Parnowska-Ramsey, Klaudia Polak-Szewczyk, Michał Przymusiński, Maciej Ratuszny, Dmitrij Schmidt, Michalina Skibicka, Tomasz Stryjek, Anna Szylar, Janusz Szymański, Mirek Szewczyk, Marcin Szota, Dominika Szubańska, Jan Śpiewak, Agnieszka Tarasiuk, Marek Troszyński, Joerg v. Weiler, Monika Weychert-Waluszko, Agnieszka Wołk-Łaniewska, Nikita Zułkarnajew, Adam Żarnoch