Opening of The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015

IWM co-curates the “School of Abducted Europe”

As a prelude to its new project Ukraine in European Dialogue the IWM will contribute to The School of Kyiv Biennial taking place in the Ukrainian capital from September 8 to November 1, 2015. The Biennial includes an extensive intellectual program organized into “Schools”, with the “School of Abducted Europe” being co-curated by the Institute and the Visual Culture Research Center (Kyiv). More than 30 scholars, intellectuals and writers will give lectures or seminars, engage in public conversations or participate in panel debates.

Departing from the current situation in Ukraine, The School of Kyiv will address burning issues relevant for citizens of Ukraine, Europe and beyond, as well as imagine egalitarian and alternative futures and the propositions of art. The School of Abducted Europe aims at transgressing the neo-colonial mode of relationship between the European metropolis and its peripheries, exploring the potential for transformation of the European project. The School of the Displaced will gather displaced persons and share their experiences with artists who have become refugees for political reasons themselves. The School of Image and Evidence uses documentary film production as an instrument for critical analysis of the war in Ukraine and the role of the image in propaganda machines that instigate it. The School of Landscape focuses on the landscape as a key notion of national imagination and the land as a territory of struggles, and ideological, as well as economic projections, trying to outline an image of multifaceted overlays as a starting point for a non-identitarian idea of the state. The School of the Lonesome will involve the audience in developing micro-scenes voicing the unexpressed emotions of post-revolutionary dissolution. The School of Realism will explore the antagonistic notion of realism that dominated Ukrainian art for a long period.

Among the highlights of the School of Abducted Europe are four panel discussions, dedicated to the future of Europe, comparative experiences of decommunization, anti-gender movements and political culture, and countering Russia’s disinformation regime; as well as lectures from, among others, Slavenka Drakulić, Masha Gessen, Ivan Krastev, Peter Pomerantsev, Shalini Randeria, Karl Schlögel, Anton Shekhovtsov, Marci Shore, Aleksander Smolar, and Timothy Snyder; and public conversations between Ukrainian and European intellectuals.

Information on participants, the program and detailed schedule of opening events, sponsors and supporters and all practical matters for the Biennial as a whole is available at
The School of Abducted Europe’s entire program and bios of participants are available at