[Aaus-list] February 11 - Nazar Kozak Talk - Breaking Through the State Border as an Art Project

Mark R Andryczyk ma2634 at columbia.edu
Wed Feb 6 12:32:41 EST 2019

Breaking Through the State Border as an Art Project
Monday, February 11, 2019
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room, 1219 International Affairs Building (420
W 118th St)

Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute,
Columbia University for a presentation by *Nazar Kozak* (National Academy
of Sciences of Ukraine).

An example of border art, a politically motivated mode of art production,
which is staged directly in site on state borders or has them in its
primary focus, Maria Kulykivska's endurance *The Raft Crimea *(2016)
emerged as the artist's personal reflection on migration politics and on
the social tensions they produce. For Ukraine, this theme has a special
connotation because of Russia's annexation of the Crimea peninsula and
hybrid invasion in the country's east, which resulted in the displacement
of more than a million people. The artist planned to undertake a 700-mile
journey on a safety raft down the Dnipro river from Kyiv to the European
Union's border and then to cross it illegally. Having in its focus this
challenging and dangerous project, which did not run according to its
initial plan, this presentation attempts to explore how art can contribute
to the praxis of resistance against the world's biopolitical divide

*Nazar Kozak* is a senior research scholar in the Department of Art Studies
at the Ethnology Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
Previously he taught art history at the Ivan Franko National University of
Lviv. Kozak’s primary research is on Byzantine and post-Byzantine art in
Eastern Europe. More recently, he has begun to work on contemporary
activist art. His article on art interventions during the Ukrainian Maidan
revolution was published in the Spring 2017 issue of the *Art Journal*; it
received an honorable mention as a finalist for that year’s *Art Journal *

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