Kharkiv School of Photography

Speaker: Olena Chervonik (Trinity College, Oxford)

Convenor: Dr Darya Tsymbalyuk (St Antony's)

An informal photographic community emerged in Kharkiv in the mid-1960s and gradually coalesced into an artistic movement nowadays known as the Kharkiv School of Photography. The School encompasses three generations of artists, whose photographs and photo-based art works feature undeniable aesthetic affinities. The talk will profile the major participants of the School with a particular emphasis on their subversive stance towards the ideological and aesthetic dogmas of the Soviet realist art.     

Ukraine: Resisting Cultural Erasure - This short seminar series celebrates Ukrainian culture and reflects on resistance to cultural erasure by artists, filmmakers, musicians, and others. It has been put together to mark the month of February, when on the 24.02.2022 Russia escalated its war on Ukraine to a full-scale invasion.