On September 19, Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre will hold a public discussion on the post-Soviet past and possible prospects of building a democratic and peaceful future given the current geopolitical situation.


The meeting will be held as part of the project The Empire Strikes Back? The Mobile Academy on the Post-Soviet Territories in Chisinau, Kyiv, Minsk, Moscow, Tbilisi and Yerevan.


Ukraine will be represented in the project by artist Oleksandr Burlaka (Ukraine). Also taking part in the discussion will be Michaela Geboltsgerber (Austria), Wolfgang Kiel (Germany), Hedvig Saksenhuber (Austria) and Georg Shölhammer (Austria).


During the public discussion, a group of international urbanists, urban sociologists, curators and artists who had been exploring cities and urban space as a general life background of Eastern Partnership Countries, will formulate their proposals as to the extent to which we can and should keep the Soviet legacy.


This has been a burning issue in Ukraine after the adoption of the Law on Decommunization. However, it is also urgent for many other former Soviet republics that are now independent states in a relationship burdened by conflicts with their former center, Russia.


The discussion will focus not only on the Soviet past, but also on possible prospects of a democratic and peaceful future, overshadowed by geopolitical breakdowns that we are faced with today.


The project is supported by Goethe-Institut in Ukraine.


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