Movement Politics in Eastern Europe: Focus Belarus Teil I

First broadcast: Mon 06.07.2020, 11.06 Uhr MEZ
Rerun: Wed 15.07.2020, 21.00 Uhr MEZ
A Broadcast in collaboration with: Airi Triisberg, Sasha IHNATOVICH

BÜCHS’N’RADIO is a broadcast conceived by Andrei SICLODI together with the participants of the International Fellowship Program for Art and Theory at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen.

In the context of the First Büchsenhausen Focus Weeks in January 2021 a conversation took place between our Fellow Airi TRIISBERG and the activist and cultural manager Sasha IHNATOVICH.
This event addressed the continuities and discontinuities of leftist organizations in Eastern Europe by looking at the particular context of Belarus. Sasha Ihnatovich presented a variety of current political initiatives in Belarus, focusing mostly on examples originating from feminist, queer, and environmental contexts. A further topic of discussion was the constitution of these political art practices and their intersection with movement politics.

In the July broacast you will hear the first part of this discussion. (The second part will be broadcast in August.)

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Airi TRIISBERG is an independent curator, writer and educator based in Tallinn. She is interested in issues related to gender and sexualities, illness/health and dis/abilities, self-organization and collective care practices, struggles against precarious working conditions in the art field and beyond. Her practice is often located at the intersection of political education, self-organization and knowledge production. One of her ongoing research interests focuses on historical and contemporary moments when experiences of living with illness or disability have been politicized in order to express social critique. In 2015 she curated Get Well Soon!, an exhibition presenting artistic re-articulations of social imaginaries rooted in the radical movements of the 1970s. Another strand in her practice focuses on precarious labor and art workers organizing. In 2010-2012 she was an active member in the art workers movement in Tallinn. In 2015 she co-published the book Art Workers – Material Conditions and Labour Struggles in Contemporary Art Practice together with Minna Henriksson and Erik Krikortz.

Sasha IHNATOVICH is a feminist, cultural manager, activist, visual culture researcher, independent filmmaker and film tutor. She has authored a number of short documentary and experimental films, and curated several film festivals, such as Meta- Queerfest Short Film & Animation (2015, Belarus), Luksuz Film Festival (2014, 2018, 2019 Slovenia), toKino (2013, Lithuania). She is also mentoring various media and film workshops for children, young people and adults in Belarus, Lithuania and Slovenia. In 2015 – 2017 she was active in feminist LGBTQ+ project MAKEOUT in Belarus. In the framework of the MAKEOUT’s activities she organized and curated in 2016-2017 FemQueerLab: Laboratory of Feminist (and) Queer Film and was research curator in the project on gender sensitivity and hate speech in Belarusian media.