Swab Performance 2017




Swab Performance 2017


The curated program Swab Performance is celebrating its third edition with the participation of the Ucranian Collectives IZOLYATSIA and VCRC, which will bring us politically engaged performances.


IZOLYATSIA is a cultural platform founded in Donetsk in 2010 and relocated to Kyiv in June 2014 after the military occupation of its premises. The foundation’s mission is to inspire positive change in Ukraine by using culture as an instrument. IZOLYATSIA has carried out over forty international projects, supporting socially responsive artists and creative producers in Kyiv, throughout Ukraine, and worldwide, as well as serving as a resource for international curators, scholars, artists and ambassadors. IZOLYATSIA has three intertwined directions of activity: art, education and projects geared at activating Ukraine’s creative sector.

Lina Romanukha (Ukraine) is a curator and cultural manager based in Kyiv, holding an MA in Cultural Studies from Kyiv-Moghyla Academy. She has worked in various roles, including as the coordinator of the international educational project The Procession of Icons at the Les Kurbas National Theatre Centre. For two years, she was the photographer and manager of the first independent gallery in Ukraine, Karas Gallery, conducting an inventory of art collections, and has held a role at the PinchukArtCentre. She has curated and participated in a number of performances at festivals, such as GogolFest (Ukraine), StadFestival (Netherlands), and ArtPole (Ukraine), and organized lectures on contemporary art and exhibitions of young Ukrainian artists. Now she is working at IZOLYATSIA. Platform for cultural initiatives as curator of project Art Wednesday and residency program.



The Artists from IZOLYATSIA: Maria Kulikovska.

Performance.  The Raft Crimea


The Raft Crimea is a performance aimed to remember us about the vulnerability and desesperation of those who lost their homes, and to call for solidarity. The Raft Crimeais a platform to discuss about the problems of the displaced and search in common for a solution. Thousands of people are deprived of their homes and go the de sea in rafts, looking for a new life. However, nobody is waiting or willing to see them. This huge mass of population is not marked in the maps and is drifting in the sea: The republic of migrants. Anyone can become a citizen one day. The boat of Crimea will be their embassy, a parliament for those who do not have a voice, a place or political representation.


Duration: 3 days

Thursday,  September, 28: From 12:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00

Friday, September, 29th: From 12:00 to 15:00

Sunday October,1st : From 12:00 to 15:00

Place: In front of the Italian Pavilion

Petr Armyanovski.

Performance. Donets’k: Red and Black.

Petr from Donetsk which now in the occupation. He will create performance Donets'k: red and black

"Donets'k - Euro2012 city and the city of roses. Donets'k my hometown and there is already the 4th year is a war. People are tortured because of their ideas in the basement. This city coming out of me by red and black" said the artist. His performance will recreate the colours of his cirt (red and black) with roses and coal, to represent the city and its suffering.


Duration; 25min

Friday, September, 29th at 18:00

Place: Performance Booth.



Victoria Myroniuk.

Performance. Red Wedding

Victoria worked with ritual structures. She experimenting and exploring different rituals, their performativity part, potential and limitations. She also investigate a losted Ukrainian traditions and try to recover them. Last years she worked with weddings ritual. So, she will represent a work cold Red Wedding which will rise the question of Soviet influence on the Ukrainian traditions and struggle between them.   


Duration: 18-30 min

Saturday, 30th, at 18:30

Place: Performance Booth.




Visual Culture Research Center (VCRC) 

Was founded in 2008 as a platform for collaboration between academic, artistic, and activist communities. VCRC is an independent initiative, which is engaged in publishing and artistic activities, scientific research, organization of public lectures, discussions, and conferences. In 2015 Visual Culture Research Center received the European Cultural Foundation’s Princess Margriet Award. Visual Culture Research Center was also an organizer of The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015.

Lesia Kulchynska, PhD, is a curator, cultural and film theorist at Visual Culture Research Center. Researcher at the Department of Film and Television Studies at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and associated professor at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. She is also researcher and curator at the Visual Culture Research Center. She received her Master diploma in Culture Studies, worked as a journalist in culture and social issues in different Ukrainian magazines. Based in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Serge Klymko, is a curator, cultural manager and journalist, working both independently and as a part of Visual Culture Research Center collective. His curatorial inquiry lays at the crossroads of visual and performance art, music curating and cultural projects ranging from art & politics debate panels to urban activism, musique concrete concerts and fashion.  In the last 5 years he has curated a number of cultural and art projects in Kyiv, Moscow, Warsaw, Tbilisi and Vienna. Holds MA in Cultural Studies, lives in Kyiv, Ukraine. 



The Artitists from VCRC:



Michail Koptev

Performance: Orchid Fashion Circus.

Orchid Fashion Circus uses the genre of fashion show which is all about seduction and admiration but substituting its object of desire. Instead of the glorification of the rich and privileged, Koptev uses a fashion show to bless the excluded, humiliated and condemned. His catwalk becomes a tool to tell the story about courage to face a disgrace and ability to turn it into a seductive beauty, to gain the space and publicity for what is disavowed or rejected, to glorify the freedom. At Swab Barcelona, Koptev will make a show with local community representatives as a model newcomers or experienced fashion walkers.


Duration: 30 – 40min

Saturday, September 30th at 13:00

Place: Performance booth




Valentina Petrova.

Performance: Reality, Show.

One of the imperatives of contemporary art is to be critical. Due to this approach, an artist, among a deluded mass of people is supposed to be the one who is awake and can see the reality clearly, debunking the necessary illusions. But how this magical knowing gaze is achieved? Valentina Petrova claims that the shortest way to see the undisputed reality is to watch the reality shows. She will ask an audience to show her the examples of their favourite reality shows to discuss it with her, inviting people to take a critical stand reserved for an artist, initiating them into a sacral praxis of contemporary art: criticizing reality constructed by mass media.


Duration: 2-3 hours

Sunday, October 1st at 17:00

Place: Performance Booth


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