Make Protest Art

Interactive Art Days with Input on Protest Art in Eastern Europe Berlin, 1.-3.10.22 + 15.10.22

What's it about?

Eastern Europe

Learn more about the societies and struggles of people in Eastern Europe

Struggles and Protest

Get to know protest artists, see what they fight for and how they fight for it

Making Art

Be inspired and make protest art yourself

The Project

Where

Offline in Berlin (close to Köpenick centre, well connected)

When

4 days in October: 1.+2.+3.+15.10.22+ 1-2 voluntary evening sessions in between (dates are not scheduled yet)

What

● Inputs from Protest Artists from Eastern Europe● Context about societies, struggles and achievements● Time to discuss with the artists and participants● Room to create your own protest art

Who

● 3 protest artists from different regions in Eastern Europe● 12 participants● 3 organizers (Anna, Lisa, Tatjana)

Language

English

Accessability

If you have any disabilities, please contact us,so we can find ways for your participation!

Illustration

How to participate

● You are interested in Eastern Europe?● You want to create your own protest art?● You speak and understand English?● You are 18 years or older? ●  No previous knowledge about Eastern Europe or Protest Art necessary!● Please note our participation fee is 15 €*

* Participation Fee: To cover all costs (like appropriate payment for those giving input, food, materials, etc.) we apply for funding (see below) but we still have to charge a participation fee. We try to keep this as low as possible but we know 15€ might be a lot for some of you. If you have problems covering this amount, please contact us and we will find a way for you to participate (contact: moc.liamnotorp%40tra_tsetorp).

What does protest art in Eastern Europe look like? 

We want to find out in a two-week project with four workshop-days in October and at the same time create the space to implement these new insights artistically ourselves.

Who are we?

We are three young left-feminist experts on Eastern Europe with a focus on sociology who want to bring the region of Eastern Europe and the struggles of the people there closer to the people in Berlin.

What do we want to achieve?

Our aim is to interest people from different social and cultural backgrounds for Eastern Europe and to achieve a deeper engagement with the topic of protest art in Eastern Europe as well as with the societies in Eastern Europe. To realize this, we are using the following approach: on the one hand, artists from Eastern Europe will give an input about their work and society. On the other hand, participants will work artistically themselves and produce, with a self-chosen medium, their own artworks.

What exactly are we going to do?

In four workshop days and one or two voluntary evening sessions, we will approach the topic of protest art in Eastern Europe and the social background through short inputs (with a following discussion) by protest artists from different regions in Eastern Europe. Furthermore, the participants will have time to create their own art and to use the art making process as a way of engaging with the new knowledge they got from the inputs. We will provide a room as the main location for all activities, which will also be available to the participants as a place to work on their own artworks during the times of the workshops. The artworks will be presented within the group and optionally also in a public space.

With whom do we want to achieve this?

The participants are English-speaking, creative people (minimum 18 years old) who are interested in learning more about protest art in Eastern Europe as well as the social context; are willing to question their own previous perspectives and who have a desire to experiment artistically with the themes of protest art and Eastern Europe. In addition, protest artists from Eastern Europe will be invited to present their protest art and tell us more about the social context.

Why is this important?

Eastern Europe is a region that is geographically close to us, they are societies that are historically, sociologically, and economically closely interwoven with the German society. Nevertheless, we usually only deal with their history, culture and way of life in a superficial way. Often, interest is only aroused when a negative event takes place in the respective countries, such as the mass arrests and violent crackdowns of the protests in Belarus after the 2020 presidential election, the shootings on the Maidan in Kiev in 2014 or Russia's war of aggression on Ukraine this year. The attention often only happens in a flash and is purely focused on the respective event, the social background is rarely analysed and understood. For a deeper understanding its therefore important to initiate discussion and exchange between people from different regions and social as well as cultural backgrounds.

About the Artists

Kyiv (Ukraine)

Tonya Melnyk: Shvemy, ReSew

Tonya Мelnyk - seamstress, artist, feminist, grassroot and queer activist, co-founder and participant of sewing cooperative Shvemy (Kyiv - St. Petersburg, since 2015), and sewing cooperative ReSew (Kyiv, since 2016). Tonya is professional tailor and seamstress, has experience in doing different orders on every-day, fashionable and scenic clothes and textile stuff. Tonya works a lot with upcycling, trying to involve it into the process of clothes production. Like artist and activist Tonya works on the topics of non-alienated and fairly priced labor, alternative economy as a way to overcome exploitation, isues of discriminations, grassroot queer history, rethinking and reappropriation of cultural, historical and social traditions and events, health and illness, selfcare, relationships between human and non-human. Their main artist media are textiles and clothes, also theatrical and performative practices, street-art and video.

Learn more about Tonya hereFind more information about ReSew here

Pictures and Text: Tonya Melnyk

Budapest (Hungary)

Sarah Günther: Pneuma Szöv

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Pneuma Szöv. is an artists co-op working mainly in Budapest since 2008 with collaborations and
temporary exiles internationally. They launch processes that trouble the regimes of our daily lives and re-enchant what seems to be obvious and unchangeable. Their post-dramatic performances meld artistic research, social philosophy, and urban studies with various forms of visual art, community and public art, free pedagogy, and activism, in preparation for a different potential society to come.
Sarah Günther, as the artistic director of Pneuma Szöv. and in her other works, creates experimental theatre and art that radically plays around the constraints of our lives and the selfselling mechanisms of capitalism.
links: pneumaszov.org, tv-free-europe.eu

Find the homepage of Pneuma hereLearn more about their project "TV free Europe" here

Picture and Text: Sarah Günther

Heading photo

Russia

to be announced soon

once all the details are settled, you will find more information about the artists here.

Funding

We are in the process of applying for funding. As soon as we have more information, you will find it here.

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