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PinchukArtCentre to Hold Literature Programme “Generations Borderline: 1985-2004”

23 July 2015

In August, Tuesdays and Thursdays, the PinchukArtCentre invites to a series of lectures, discussions and readings in the framework of the literature programme “Generations borderline: 1985-2004”, which, similar to  the exhibition “Borderline” is devoted to the period of Ukrainian independence formation and significant works of the national writers of 1985-2004.

Lectures of the summer literature programme will begin with an opening lecture on August 4 entitled “80s Generation: from Underground to Mainstream” by writer, publicist, President of the Ukrainian Center of the International PEN Club Mykola Ryabchuk. Subsequent lectures in the PinchukArtCentre will be given by writer and critic Mykhailo Brynykh, literature and cultural studies expert Tamara Gundorova and writer Oksana Zabuzhko.

Traditional discussions and readings will take place every Thursday at the PinchukArtCentre. In particular, on August 6, writers and representatives of different literary generations will discuss the achievements and losses of Ukrainian 90s and the first decade in the history of modern Ukrainian literature. Among the panellists there will be Yury Shcherbakov, Ludmila Taran, Pavlo Volvach, Olena Styazhkina and Anton Kushnir.

On August 13, as part of the readings “Dialogue of writer generations” young Ukrainian authors will read favourite excerpts from the iconic Ukrainian novels of 1985-2004: Oleksiy Chupa will present “The Moskoviad” by Y. Andrukhovych, Marysia Nikitiuk will read abstracts of “Stalinka” by O. Ulianenko, Iryna Tsilyk — “Fieldwork in Ukrainian Sex” by O. Zabuzhko, Pavlo Korobchuk — novel “Wozzeck” by Y. Izdryk, Ksenia Kharchenko — “The UnSimple” by T. Prokhasko and Karina Tumayeva — “Depeche Mode” by S. Zhadan.

The period explored by the curators of the PinchukArtCentre’s exhibition “Boarderline” coincides with the emergence of the major poetry collections of Yuri Andrukhovych. Therefore, on August 20 there will take place a poetic evening of the Patriarch of poetic group “Bu-Ba-Bu” (ukr. Stands for 'burlesque, side-show, buffoonery') entitled «From “The Sky and Squares” to the “Songs for the Dead Rooster.”»

The programme will end with the dialogue between writer Larysa Denysenko and artist Vlada Ralko on the nature of authors’ and artists’ diaries, and also a meeting with actress Halyna Stefanova and literary critic, film director Roman Veretelnik. Halyna Stefanova played in one-woman shows “Fieldwork in Ukrainian Sex" (2003) and «Variations for Shakuhachi, TV and Voice» (2011) based on the works of Oksana Zabuzhko. As part of the literature programme the PinchukArtCentre will also host a performance based on the popular plays followed by a discussion.

Journalist Tetiana Teren is a curator of the literature programme.

“Borderline. Ukrainian Art 1985–2004” is a large scale group show of Ukrainian artists exploring development of the Ukrainian contemporary art from early 1980s till 2004 when the Orange Revolution had happened in the country. The exhibition investigates driving forces of socially and politically engaged art starting from “pre-perestroika” time. It presents more than 40 major group works by prominent Ukrainian artists and art groups whose practice has been defined during and shortly after the collapse of the USSR.

Due to the limited availability of seats early registration is recommended. Please call +380 44 590 08 58 or e-mail to [email protected] 

Event participants have a priority access to the art centre.


Calendar of literature programme

“Generations Borderline: 1985-2004”


Tuesday, August 4, 19:00

Lecture by Mykola Ryabchuk “80s Generation: from Underground to Mainstream”

Venue: space with works of Yuri Leiderman (2nd floor)


Thursday, August 6, 19:00

Discussion “The Ukrainian 90s: search for national identity»

Participants: Yury Shcherbakov, Ludmila Taran, Anton Sanchenko, Olena Styazhkina and Anton Kushnir

Moderator — TV presenter Tetiana Danylenko

Venue: space with works of Oleg Tistol (2nd floor)


Tuesday, August 11, 19:00

Lecture of Mykhailo Brynykh “Iconic Ukrainian novel: genesis”

Venue: space with works of Boris Mikhailov (3rd floor)


Thursday, August 13, 19:00

Young Ukrainian authors read excerpts from iconic Ukrainian novels of 1985-2004:

“The Moskoviad” by Y. Andrukhovych (1993) —  Oleksiy Chupa

“Stalinka” by O. Ulianenko (1994)  —  Marysia Nikitiuk,

“Fieldwork in Ukrainian Sex” by O. Zabuzhko (1996) —  Iryna Tsilyk

“Wozzeck” by Y. Izdryk (1997)  — Pavlo Korobchuk

“The UnSimple” by T. Prokhasko (2002) — Ksenia Kharchenko

“Depeche Mode” by S. Zhadan — Karina Tumayeva

Venue: space with works of Boris Mikhailov (3rd floor)


Tuesday, August 18, 19:00

Lecture Tamara Gundorova «Post-Chornobyl library: from Carnival to Apocalypses»

Venue: educational room (5th floor)


Thursday, August 20, 19:00

Poetic evening of Yuri Andrukhovych

“From “The Sky and Squares” to the “Songs for the dead rooster.”

Venue: space with works of Yuri Leiderman (2nd floor)


Tuesday, August 25, 19:00

Lecture of Oksana Zabuzhko “Ukrainian literature of the period of independence and European context”

Venue: space with works of Yuri Leiderman (2nd floor)


Thursday, August 27


Dialogue between writer Larysa Denysenko and artist Vlada Ralko “Diary genre: word and colour”

Venue: space with works of Vlada Ralko (4th floor)



Meeting with Halyna Stefanova and Roman Veretelnik

Performance based on plays “Fieldwork in Ukrainian Sex” and «Variations for Shakuhachi, TV and Voice»  

Supported by Les Kurbas National Centre for Theatre Art

Venue: space with works of Boris Mikhailov (3rd floor)


Please follow the calendar at /ru/events_and_calendar


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PinchukArtCentre is the largest and most dynamic private contemporary art centre in Central and Eastern Europe. As a project of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, it is dedicated to fostering artistic education, production and appreciation of contemporary art in Ukraine and the world.

Recent events have included personal exhibitions by Jeff Wall, Gary Hume, Olafur Eliasson, Candice Breitz, Damian Ortega, Sergey Bratkov, Subodh Gupta, Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, Jan Fabre and others.

The art centre has founded Prizes to support national and international young artists up to 35.The PinchukArtCentre had represented Ukraine in 2007 and 2009 at the 52nd and 53rdInternational Art Exhibitions -la Biennale di Venezia, organizing the Ukrainian national pavilions, as well as with Future Generation Art [email protected] exhibitions in 2011 and 2013 as part of the Collateral events.The PinchukArtCentre with the support of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation presents the Ukrainian national pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia.

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