Mar 22nd 2023

Women at War: Ukrainian Feminist Art Today
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Monika Fabijanska, curator of the exhibition Women at War, will discuss the contemporary feminist art scene in Ukraine, providing a context for Russian-Ukrainian war as represented in art over the eight years of war following the annexation of Crimea and the creation of separatist Republics in Donbas in 2014. War is central to history. History has been written (and painted) by men. This presentation will provide a platform for female narrators of history and examine the perception of war as gendered. It will also be an introduction to Eastern European feminisms, which are significantly different from the Western mold, and will contribute to a conversation about how national identity is tied to the perception of women’s role in society.

Monika Fabijanska is a New York City-based independent art historian and curator who specializes in feminist art. In 2022, she curated Women at War at Fridman Gallery. Her previous exhibitions include critically acclaimed Betsy Damon. Passages: Rites and Rituals (La MaMa Galleria, The New York Times best shows of 2021); ecofeminism(s) (Thomas Erben Gallery, 2020, featuring Lynn Hershman Leeson, Cecilia Vicuña, etc.); and groundbreaking The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women’s Art in the U.S. (Shiva Gallery, John Jay College, 2018). Fabijanska’s writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Women’s Art Journal, Orońsko Sculpture Magazine, BLOK Magazine, etc.

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(left) Dana Kavelina, Letter to a Turtledove, 2020, still. (right) photo: Bartlomiej Barczyk, Agencja Gazeta

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