Ukraine: the art community and photojournalism. Plus, Chris Burden and F.N. Souza

This week: following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, we talk to Svitlana Biedarieva, a Ukrainian art historian, artist and curator, about the community of artists in her home country, their work since the Maidan, or Revolution of Dignity in 2014, and how they are responding to the events of recent days. Also on Ukraine, Tom Seymour talks to the photographer Mark Neville, who has been based in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv for the past 18 months and left the city last week, about a photojournalistic series he made in Ukraine, about ethical approaches to reportage and about the effects of documenting war-torn countries. As a book is published featuring Chris Burden’s unrealised projects, we talk to Jori Finkel about the American performance and installation artist’s extraordinary imagination. And in this episode’s Work of the Week, Jane Alison, curator of Postwar Modern: New Art in Britain 1945-65 at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, discusses one of the key works in the show: the Goa-born artist F.N. Souza’s Mr Sebastian (1955).


The Art Newspaper’s reporting on the Russian invasion of Ukraine


Svitlana Biedarieva, art historian, artist and curator


The artists mentioned by Svitlana:

Piotr Armianovski

Yevgenia Belorusets

Alevtina Kakhidze, instagram: @truealevtina


Razom for Ukraine


Mark Neville’s Stop Tanks With Books, published by Nazraeli Press, £50 /$60


Eight photographers you need to follow in Ukraine by Tom Seymour


Poetic Practical: The Unrealized Work of Chris Burden, published by Gagosian, $120


Postwar Modern: New Art in Britain 1945-65, Barbican Art Gallery, London, 26 June



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