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Vse Bude Ukraina: Resistance, Resilience, and Ukrainian Culture


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'For artists removed geographically or in time from wars and destruction, the question of what art can do in the face of horror... is perhaps answerable only one book, one song, one show at a time.' Maria Tumarkin

Watch the live-stream from 7:30pm, Thursday 23 Nov

About the Event

The war in Ukraine has slipped out of focus for many Australians. The Russian invasion has resulted in countless deaths, environmental destruction and the increased threat of cultural and military imperialism.

At this event, curated and hosted by award-winning writer Maria Tumarkin, hear from remarkable Ukrainian voices about the true cost of the war, the vibrancy of Ukrainian culture, and the powerful place that young people have assumed in fighting for their country’s sovereignty.

Featuring co-curator of the Unissued Diplomas exhibition Yana Mokhonchuk; sociologist and communications expert Olga Boichak; journalist Galyna Piskorska, current Principal Fellow at Melbourne University through their Scholars at Risk scheme; and a virtual contribution from celebrated artist Stanislava Pinchuk.

Join these artists, writers and experts, in-person or via livestream, as they celebrate the strength of Ukrainian resistance and share unique and urgent insights into the country and the impacts of the invasion. Vse Bude Ukraina – all will be Ukraine.

Please note that Yana Mokhonchuk is now appearing virtually at this event.

Presented in partnership with the Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office.


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Olga Boichak

Olga Boichak, MPA, PhD is a Lecturer in Digital Cultures and Director of the Computational Social Science Lab at the University of Sydney. She is a Ukrainian-born sociologist whose research interests span networks, narratives, and cultures of activism in the digital age. Boichak has written for a ra... Read more

Yana Mokhonchuk

Yana Mokhonchuk, a Ukrainian writer and international relations scholar, is a devoted advocate for Ukrainian culture worldwide. With formative student exchanges in the US and Canada’s University of Toronto, she refined her skills and earned a degree in international relations at the National U... Read more

Stanislava Pinchuk

Stanislava Pinchuk is an artist working with data-mapping the changing topographies of war & conflict zones. Her work surveys how landscape holds memory and testament to political events – spanning drawing, installation, tattooing, film & sculpture. Born in Kharkiv, Ukraine – she cur... Read more

Galyna Piskorska

Galyna Piskorska, Associate Professor, Department of Advertising and Public Relations, Faculty of Journalism, Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University (Ukraine) has more than 35 years’ experience in academia, political science, journalism, and international relationships management in the field of higher ... Read more

Maria Tumarkin

Maria Tumarkin writes books, essays, reviews, and pieces for performance and radio; she collaborates with sound and visual artists and has had her work carved into dockside tiles. She is the author of four books of ideas. Her fourth (and latest) book Axiomatic won the 2018 Melbourne Prize for Lit... Read more


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