‘Let’s Imagine’ is a bridge.
‘Let’s Imagine’ offers that what is often labelled ‘context’, namely inroads to an enhanced understanding. In the present case of Ukraine that may become a bridge, an understanding shared between the country and the European Community. And a bridge is a marvel, it allows for movement, exchange, encounter and togetherness. A bridge, unlike the notion of ‘context’, is aspirational. ‘Imagine Ukraine’ wants to open a space, to look beyond the present horror to a possible shared future, ‘Let’s Imagine’ is its praxis.
One abutment of this bridge here and now is the curious shortage of knowledge in north-western Europe about Ukraine, in this sense it is about starting a simple educational device, this part of Europe listening to that part of Europe which it forgot to be attentive of.
The second abutment of the bridge, however, is grounded in the societal dynamics that are the offspring of Maidan. It is the awareness that one can, nay, that one has to imagine one's society, and that all facets of identity may be activated for this in the light of a collective interest. In this part of the project, PAC is even more explicitly the lead partner. It is Ukraine that has to have the right to decide about the reflection on itself.
A bridge is by definition a form of exchange, we call it a bridge because we believe that Europe can learn from Ukrainians. Even though now Europe first and foremost helps Ukraine, Ukrainians will bring power, urgency and passion for the urgent revitalisation of Europe.
Because reflections ought to be shared, the project aims to offer some of the key texts not only in English but also in Ukrainian—the language of the country itself -, and in Dutch and French, - languages of this part of Europe that is interested - .
Reflection is the space between form and life. It is a space with many forms, not only academia, also that of Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, a soldier now but as much a musician.
Within the aspiration of the ‘Imagine Ukraïne’ project it is as important a component as the artistic proposals, adjoining those in the presentations, or as the free floating debates and events. It aims to distil out of those additional shreds of imagination. It will load this space with moments from that reflective space.
This website is part of the project Imagine Ukraine, with an online platform, debates, events, an educational platform and three exhibitions at:
M HKA, Imagine Ukraine - Art as a Critical Attitude, 6.5.22-21.8.22, with works by: Sergey Bratkov, Davyd Chychkan, Nikita Kadan, Nikolay Karabinovych and Alevtina Kakhidze; with a new mural drawing by Anna Scherbyna; and with videos of Yarema Malashchuk and Roman Khimei, Daniil Revkovskiy and Andriy Rachinskiy, Dana Kavelina, Nikolay Karabinovych, and Yana Bachynska - introduced with a video of the song Hug Me by Svyatoslav Vakarchuk and Akustikos Art Group.
Bozar, Council Room, Imagine Ukraine - Small and Big Stories, 6.5.22-19.6.22, with works by: Sergey Bratkov, Nikita Kadan, Alevtina Kakhidze, Lesia Khomenko, Oksana Shachko and Anna Zvyagintseva;
Parlamentarium of the European Parliament, Imagine Ukraine - The Artist as a Witness, 6.5.22-30.9.22, with works by: Sergey Bratkov, Oleksandr Burlaka, Nikita Kadan, Alevtina Kakhidze, Nikolay Karabinovych, Zhanna Kadyrova and Lesia Khomenko.
The works are in the exhibitions complemented by texts by Sergii Plokhii and Thomas Weihe, by video’s with contextual reflections by Timothy Snyder and by registrations of debates.
The basic image of the project is by Nikolay Karabinovych.
Coördination: Evi Bert
Concept: Evi Bert, Bart De Baere, Björn Geldhof, Katerina Pylypiuk
Research: Ekaterina Vorontsova
M HKA Ensembles: Evi Bert, Ekaterina Vorontsova
Texts: Bart De Baere, Björn Geldhof, Ekaterina Vorontsova, Sofie Gregoor, Piet Van Hecke, Lesya Kulchinska, Ksenia Malykh, Olha Shyshlova
Editing: Steven Tallon
Translations: Steven Tallon (EN - NL), Isabelle Grynberg (FR), Voinalovych Serhii (UKR), Yaroslav Hanchuk (UKR)
Design concept: Nikolay Karabinovych
The platform is realized with Ensembles.org
Curator: Bart De Baere, Björn Geldhof
Curator of the video program: Ksenia Malykh
Production coordination: Argyri Platsa, Georges Uittenhout
Production: Argyri Platsa, Olha Shyshlova, Nastya Stefanyuk, Georges Uittenhout
Site coordination: Ann Flas/ Fred Oulieu (BOZAR), Anja Richter (Parlamentarium), Georges Uittenhout (M HKA)
Technicians: Jürgen Addiers, Leen Bosch, Hughe Lanoote, Bart Slangen, Evert Wouters, Benoît Police, Hans De Kezel, Colin Fincoeur
External producers: AV materials by Vidisquare, production scenography Parlamentarium by Meyvaert Museum.
Exhibition design: the exhibition design is inspired by the exhibition design of Oleksandr Burlaka for the Kyiv Biennial of 2021
Mediation: Sofie Gregoor
Mediation Design concept: Nikolay Karabinovych
Project For Ukrainians, By Ukrainians
Project partner coordination: Gerolf Falter (European Parliament), Magdalena Liskova/ Daria Bocharnikova (Bozar)
Education: Ingrid Schildermans, Olha Shyshlova, Valeriia Dehtiaryova
Communication: Bert De Vlegelaer, Madiken Verboven, Lesya Melnychuk, Nadia Vatuliova
Design: Pauline Scharmann, Anton Kostenko
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M HKA Team
Director: Bart De Baere, Associated Director: Nav Haq, Financial Director: Dieter Vankeirsbilck;
Team: Jürgen Addiers, Fadil Ayoujil, Olcay Bakir, Katrien Batens, Lotte Beckwé, Evi Bert, Lotte Bode, Leen Bosch, Els Brans, Josine Buggenhout, Veerle Bydekerke, Tom Ceelen, Ann Ceulemans, Riyad Cherif Chaker, Celina Claeys, Christine Clinckx, Bart Cornel, Leen De Backer, Bart De Bock, Johanna De Smet, Annelien De Troij, Bert De Vlegelaer, Jan De Vree, Martine Delzenne, Wanda Detemmerman, Liliane Dewachter, Kunchok Dhondup, Dirk Dumoulin, Sofie Frederix, Lode Geens, Anna Geukens, Marlies Hamal, Mohammed Hameed, Marco Harmsen, Abdelhouahed Hasnaoui, Erik Hellemans, Sabine Herrygers, Anthe Heyninck, Sofie Gregoor, Babette Geurink, Joris Kestens, Nico Köppe, Danny Kortleven, Renild Krols, Christine Lambrechts, Hughe Lanoote, Viviane Liekens, Yaya Lin, Erik Martens, Natalie Meeusen, Merel Neyrinck, Lotte Ogiers, Bart Persoon, Argyri Platsa, Ilse Raps, Marleen Reijmen, Gabriëla Rib, Björn Scherlippens, Ingrid Schildermans, Anne-Claire Schmitz, Nastya Stefanyuk, Jan Stuyck, Georges Uittenhout, Jos Van den Bergh, Ria Van den Broeck, Sarah van Hapert, Chantal Van Hauter, Piet Van Hecke, Roel Van Nunen, Lutgarde Van Renterghem, Marjon Van Waelvelde, Madiken Verboven, Orlando Verde, Ekaterina Vorontsova, Hans Willemse, Eleanor Wright, Joanna Zielińska
Board of Directors: president: Herman De Bode; vice President: Yolande Avontroodt, board Members: Geert Bouckaert, Kim De Weerdt, Annick Garmyn, Vasif Kortun, Filip Marsboom, Katrien Mattelaer, Eugene Tan, Annelies Thoelen, Toon Wassenberg; representatives of the Flemish Community: Koen Derkinderen, representative of the Flemish Minister responsible for Culture; Karin Heremans, representative of the Flemish Minister responsible for Finance and Budget
M HKA is an initiative of the Flemish Community and is supported by City of Antwerp, Klara, De Standaard, De Olifant en Allen & Overy.
Special Thanks to: Sylvia Binger, Anca Bratianu, Bart De Vos, Clodagh Hourigan, Erik Krols, Sophie Lauwers, Ruth Pieters, Patrizia Prode, Joachim Pohlmann, Bruno Van Orshoven, Stan Van Pelt, Olivier Van Raemdonck, Stijn Verstraete, Kathleen Weyts,
Artistic Director: Björn Geldhof; Executive Director: Dmitry Logvin; Head of Programs: Olha Shyshlova; Head of Research platform: Ksenia Malykh; Head of Projects: Oksana Pidvarko; Communication Director: Natalia Vovk
Team: Ivan Balvas, Oleksandr Chernyh, Mariia Danilova, Valeriia Dehtiarova, Anastasiia Denysenko, Leonid Dolgov, Kostiantyn Doroshenko, Victoria Dyak, Mariia Korniietska, Lesia Kulchynska, Kateryna Lazarevych, Lesya Melnychuk, Liudmyla Mieshkova, Marina Neskoromna, Mykhaylo Petyakh, Oleksandra Pogrebnyak, Polina Popil, Kateryna Pylypiuk, Artem Radionov, Olena Razina, Sofiia Rzhevuska, Daria Shevtsova, Valentyn Shkorkin, Olha Stanislavska, Liudmyla Stelia, Nadia Vatuliova
Special Thanks to: Iryna Diadyk, Oleksandra Hvozdyk, Oleksandra Khaninova, Dariia Komarova, Anastasiia Kopylchak, Veronika Korol, Yuliia Krasnopolska, Ornella Ostapenko, Yuliya Rohalya, Iuliia Soroka, Yevheniia Starchenko.