ART IN TIME OF WAR:
CELEBRATING THE RESILIENCE OF UKRAINIAN CULTURE
March 27, 2023, 6:30 pm
Low Library Rotunda, Columbia University
The Harriman Institute, in collaboration with the President's Office of Columbia University, invites you to a celebration of the work of the four current Harriman Fellows in residence at Columbia's Institute for Imagination and Ideas (Paris) and their contributions to contemporary Ukrainian art, film, literature and music.
The Harriman Institute, with support from the Ukrainian Studies Fund, partnered with the Institute for Ideas and Imagination to establish four 12-month residencies for Ukrainian writers and creative artists for the year 2022-23. The current fellows are award-winning poet Natalka Bilotserkivets (Kyiv); journalist Nikita Grigorov (Donetsk); filmmaker Zoya Laktionova (Mariupol); musicologist and writer Anna Stavychenko (Kyiv). Details of the residencies and bios of the fellows can be found here.
The evening will feature a reading by Natalka Bilotserkivets, whose Eccentric Days of Hope and Sorrow, translated by Harriman alumna Ali Kinsella together with Dzvinia Orlowsky, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. The reading will be followed by never-before-seen footage from Zoya Laktionova's new film about Azovstal, the iron-and steel-works in Mariupol.
Classical musical producer Anna Stavychenko has curated a concert of music for string quartet, which includes works by Ukrainian composers Stanyslav Lyudkevych and Zoltan Almashi, featuring the U.S. premiere of the latter's String Quartet no. 4, "Poltava." Members of the quartet are: Ihor Barynin (Violin); Nikita Yermak (Violin); Lavinia Pavlish (Viola); and Valeriya Sholokhova (Cello).
The evening's program will continue with a look at contemporary Ukrainian art presented by filmmaker Tetiana Khodakivska.
A conversation on the role of the artist in time of war with Ivan Krastev (Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia), Ostap Slyvynsky (Vice-President, PEN Ukraine), Valentina Izmirlieva (Director, Harriman Institute) will wrap up the program.
A reception will follow.
For more information and to reserve your seat, please visit the announcement on the Harriman website.