Architecture of Common
Public events, discussions, workshops at Yunist factory: See the full programme
The public programme reached about 2.500 people and focused on how cultural coexistence can possibly develop in the city. Through public events, the participants discussed challenges and opportunities of public spaces in post‐Soviet cities today, such as Kyiv, Tbilisi, Yerevan, and Chisinau, and reflected on how different communities, including artists and cultural workers, can solve these problems by common efforts.
Kateryna Botanova, director of CSM (Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art) and leading curator of “SPACES: Architecture of Common”, states that “public spaces can exist only when there is a real need in them, not an idea of a need. It seems that in the post‐Soviet region they have to be created from scratch and have an architecture we are yet to imagine”. She states that on post‐Soviet terrain public spaces can regain their status as those appropriated for the public use only if people consolidate and fight for them.
All the public events of “SPACES: Architecture of Common” took place at the location of the former Soviet sewing factory “Yunist” in the historical part of Kyiv that is to become a cultural center within the coming years. Public protests against putting up yet another business center at this site resulted in the investor’s decision to build a cultural center for the community here. This makes “Yunist” a symbolical place, showing that local communities in Kyiv are ready to fight for their public places, and that the collaboration between citizens and business representatives is possible.
“SPACES: Architecture of Common” brought together local and international artists, curators, social researchers, architects and other cultural professionals along with local communities. The programme had three main components – a discussion platform, art projects and evening events. The discussion part included a Public Cultural Policy Forum, public lectures, workshops, open discussions, and presentations. During four days the location of Yunist factory became a space for art interventions of invited artists from Ukraine, Moldova, and the Russian Federation (Alevtina Kakhidze, Yuriy Kruchak, Myroslav Vaida, Alina Kopytsya, Tetyana Goryushyna, Vova Vorotnyov, Oleksandr Burlaka, Pavel Braila, Partizaning.org). The evening programmes included video screenings and music performances by “Lyudska Podoba” and DRUMТИАТР.