With the support of the UNESCO Heritage Emergency Fund and the UNESCO-Aschberg Programme for Artists and Cultural Professionals since 2022, Artists at Risk (AR) has been working with cultural institutions in Ukraine to host residencies for artists and cultural professionals internally-displaced by the war.
Between 2022-2023, the AR-Ukraine-Internal Residency Network of cultural institutions, art centers and private art initiatives has hosted over 100 artists and cultural workers at safe locations within Ukraine. The hosting institutions include Bakota Hub, Platform Ostriv, Khata-Maysternya, Creative Residence MC6, Retreat Art House, Asortymentna Kimnata, post impreza media, Lviv Municipal Art Center, Detali, Dro.ART, Social Activity Center (Active Community), Urban Culture Institute (Art – Claster “Na Poshti”), NVAIR (Nazar Voitovich Art Residence) and Congress of Cultural Activists (CCA). Funding was also provided for the renovation/repair of three hosting institutions.
Below is a map with locations of the hometowns of the residents and residency hosts in 2023.
Over the 2-3 month residencies, the artists were provided a safe and comfortable environment promoting psychosomatic healing and artistic activity, the opportunity to work in a workshop/studio space, support for artistic initiatives and new opportunities for adaptation in the local artistic environment as well as assessments of the resident’s psycho-emotional state and referral to a specialist (crisis psychotherapist/psychiatrist) if necessary.
“I don’t want to live and wake up in the morning. I doubt that other person can help me, but all my friends say I need psychotherapy”
– Electronic musician, Kharkiv
“My home is in Kherson near Antonivskyi Bridge, and I have not been there since February 2022. My father lost 2 legs in Bakhmut and received a lot of injuries. Every new surgery is a risk for him. I love my family. My home has always been a place of recovery, acceptance and rest. But I can’t say that I feel traumatized, My tears disappeared. I’m worried of hypercontrol over my emotions, quenching some kind of spectrum and its’ consequences. Or maybe I’m fine.“
– Digital fashion designer, Kherson
“In the conditions of war, there is an inner feeling, that my art is useless, which deepens the sense of helplessness and anxiety. Apart from that, I am feeling emotionally exhausted from the constant thought that I am not doing enough to express myself productively in difficult circumstances.”
– Crimean-Tatar visual artist
Each of the AR-UNESCO Residents has their own story to tell. This online publication documents their myriad artistic, cultural, media, social and very personal narratives.
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