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Yevgenia Belorusets

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Dorothea Schlegel Artist in Residence, Research Area 1: "Competing Communities", August-September 2022

Yevgenia Belorusets is a Ukrainian artist, writer, and photographer born in Kyiv in 1980. Her work calls attention to the most vulnerable sections of Ukrainian society. Yevgenia is a co-founder of the journal Prostory, a member of the interdisciplinary curatorial collective Hudrada, an author of the photo series Victories of the Defeated and the books Lucky Breaks (recipient of the International Literature Award – Haus der Kulturen der Welt in 2020) and A Cycle of Lectures on the Modern Lives of Animals.

Her work is located at the intersection of visual art, literature, journalism and activism, and makes a solid connection between documentary and artistic language.

The new English translation of her fictional short story collection Lucky Breaks was published in Ukrainian and Russian (2018), German (2019) and English (2022) and is based on interviews conducted during her wartime travels to eastern Ukraine for a photography project.

The photography and literary project “Victories of the Defeated” is a cycle of more than 150 photographs and texts created by Yevgenia Belorusets during the 2014–2021 war in Donbas. It is devoted to post-industrial Ukraine, to work in coal mines on the edge of the war zone and to contemporary forms of labour amidst military conflict.

Her most recent work is The War Diary, written in Kyiv during the first few weeks of the new wave of the Russian invasion. It was presented during their exhibition at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022 and will be published as a book featuring texts and photographs.

Research Project at EXC 2020 "Temporal Communities":

"War Diaries"