Vasyl Cherepanyn (1980, Ukraine) is Head of the Visual Culture Research Center (VCRC, Kyiv) and an editor of the Political Critique magazine (Ukrainian edition). He works as a lecturer at the Cultural Studies Department of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and holds a Ph.D. in philosophy (aesthetics). He has also worked as a guest lecturer at European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, at the “Political Critique” Institute for Advanced Studies in Warsaw, Poland, and at Greifswald University, Germany. In 2015, VCRC has received the European Cultural Foundation’s Princess Margriet Award for Culture for its activities. Visual Culture Research Center was also the organizer of The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015. Currently he is a Visiting Fellow at the IWM.
The presentation is aimed at mapping the basic political intentions and purposes of The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015, placing them in the context of the Maidan revolution and rooting them in the development of institutional strategies in the cultural field in Ukraine. Posing the fundamental questions of subjectivity, public space, social form, and knowledge production, Vasyl Cherepanyn will trace their manifestations and challenges in urbanism, visual studies, and politics. In analyzing the cultural logic of The School of Kyiv the main emphasis is placed on the heritage of modernism, which has strong potential for inventing alternative societal projects, much needed today in Ukraine and Europe in general.