A cycle of interviews on the theme of Transliteration

In parallel to Régions d’être exhibition by Slavs and Tatars, the Izolyatsia Foundation and the Villa Arson are producing and broadcasting a series of filmed interviews on the subject of translation and transliteration, entitled Translate Me Over a River, featuring eight leading international figures in the worlds of art and research. Slavs and Tatars’ questions are answered by the participants in English and subtitled in Ukrainian and French. The interviews, which last approximately fifteen minutes each will be broadcast every week during the time of the exhibition, on site both at the Villa Arson and at the Izolyatsia Foundation, as well as on the web pages of both venues.

The Izolyatsia Foundation is an independent platform supporting cultural initiatives and contemporary culture, housed in an old shipyard in the north of Kiev (Ukraine).

Watch the videos by selecting on viméo the subtitle language of your choice on the CC icon (English/ Français/ Ukrainian)


 Watch the interview of Leah Feldman

Leah Feldman is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago. Her research explores the poetics and the politics of global literary and cultural entanglements, focusing critical approaches to translation theory, semiotics, Marxist aesthetics and decolonial theory, which traverse the Caucasus and Central Asia. Her book On the Threshold of Eurasia: Orientalism and Revolutionary Aesthetics in the Caucasus (Cornell 2018) exposes the ways in which the idea of a revolutionary Eurasia informed the interplay between orientalist and anti-imperial discourses in Russian and Azeri poetry and prose. Tracing translations and intertextual engagements across Russia, the Caucasus and western Europe, it offers an alternative vision of empire, modernity and anti-imperialism from the vantage point of cosmopolitan centers in the Russian empire and Soviet Union. She is currently writing on the rise of the New Right in late/post-Soviet Eurasia and a book tentatively titled Feeling Collapse on Soviet film, art and performance from Central Asia and the Caucasus amidst the collapsing sensorium of the Soviet Empire. Her work has appeared in Slavic Review, boundary 2, Ab Imperio, and Global South and she serves on the editorial collective for boundary 2.
+ d’infos : complit.uchicago.edu/faculty/feldman


  Watch the interview of Alevtina Kakhidze

Alevtina Kakhidze was born in 1973, Zhdanivka (Eastern Ukraine). Having lived in Kyiv and Muzychi (Central Ukraine) since 1995, with the exception of two years research term at the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht (2004-2006) she declares about her multi-level cultural identity; which includes parts of Ukrainian, Georgian and West European mentalities. She inherited Georgian surname from her father, and was raised within Russian culture, in its Soviet incarnation. The art practice of Kakhidze is based on personal experiences and imagination, talking about consumer culture, gender, love, culture of protest, experience of war, plants and everyday life, plants, and dogs. Kakhidze has been an active and visible supporter of Maidan movements during winter 2013-2014. Information war between Ukraine and Russia, West and East, together with her multivalent personal biography, formed the complex basis of her work for Manifesta 10 Where The Wild Things Are. In the summer of 2015, Alevtina Kakhidze researched The Soviet-Finnish War, also called The Winter War, to create a link to contemporary situations in Eastern Ukraine in the face of Russian armed encroachment. Her work was featured in numerous exhibitions at key galleries and museums, including the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb.
More: http://www.alevtinakakhidze.com


  Watch the interview of  Michael Kurzwelly

Michael Kurzwelly was born in 1963. He is a performance artist who constantly crosses the border between Poland and Germany, but not only. He lives in the city of Słubfurt, which is a connection of Słubice and Frankfurt (Oder). In his projects, he deals with the issue of identity, borders, and strategies associated with them. Michael creates new structures of reality with the active participation of its residents, while at the same time he changes the interpretation of the space in which we move. Without looking at the territorial boundaries, he created a city with a functioning parliament, its own currency and culture. More: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Kurzwelly/

Ethers interviews to come

Lia Dostlieva
was born in 1984, Donetsk, Ukraine. Artist, cultural anthropologist, essayist. Primary areas of her research include the issues of trauma, postmemory, commemorative practices, and agency and visibility of vulnerable groups. She is particularly interested in how trauma comes to language, in possibilities of representation of traumatic events, and in how “difficult knowledge” and “difficult past” could be described and visualised. As an artist, she has worked across a wide range of media including photography, installations, textile sculptures, interventions into urban space. More: http://www.liadostlieva.org

Katja Petrowskaja
is a Kyiv born German prose writer and journalist. She studied literature and Slavonic studies in Estonia, received scholarships to further her education at Stanford University and Columbia and to do her doctorate in Moscow. She has lived in Berlin since 1999. Author of the book “Maybe Esther” which tells the story of the genocide of the Jewish population of Kyiv, culminating in the massacre of Babi Yar, through the account by Esther, who resembles her great-grandmother Esther, killed during the massacre. The book has been translated into more than 20 languages. For Katja, words are above everything. She writes in German, the language of the mute, as it is literally called in Russian. Perhaps it is precisely this language and the distance to Ukrainian and Russian that enable her, as she says herself, to unravel the painful fates of the people in her family. More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katja_Petrowskaja

Stéphanie Marin
is a designer who lives and works in Nice. She began in 1990 in the textile recycling between Amsterdam, Hamburg and Barcelona. Five years later, she developed her line of prêt-à-porter «Habits Magiques» (magical clothes), multipurpose structures, natural materials and hand-crafted dyes, distributed in international brands of the fashion world. In 2003, she extended her research to Design and Housing, creates the pebble cushions Livingstones and founded smarin. For 15 years, smarin creates, develops and produces furniture design projects, scenographies and layout of spaces throughout the whole world. One of the particularities of smarin is its cross-cutting and creative approach – from design to production to distribution. Its creation process concentrates on the aesthetics of the creations, the materials used, and the adequate and efficient scale of production. Nowadays, her collections are distributed in more than 150 countries around the world, always in the sense of functional, healthy, and aesthetic research, indivisible to her choices of image production and distribution. https://www.smarin.net/

Virginie Bobin
is a curator and writer, with specific interests in experimental forms of artistic research, the role of art, artists, and art institutions in the public sphere, and education, performance, and publishing. Prior to joining Bétonsalon — Centre d’Art et de Recherche in Paris as associate curator and head of public programs in 2014, she has worked at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers; and Performa, New York. As an independent curator, she organized several long-term, collective projects across Europe and the United States, which publicly manifested as exhibitions, books, seminars, and workshops. She was an associate editor of the Manifesta Journal from 2011 to 2014. https://www.institut-francais.org.uk/frenchcurators/virginie-bobin/