STURM AND SLANG: Milena Khomchenko, Yevheniia Moliar, Vova Vorotniov, Surzhyk as a Method, panel discussion, 17 May, 2024, 7:30 PM

The panel discussion will look at Surzhyk—a local idiom widely spoken in east of Ukraine comprising the elements of both Ukrainian and Russian—as a method of thinking and research that bears the means for decolonial resistance. Although the organic hybridisation processes and the communication between neighboring languages also led to the creation of Surzhyk, the colonial politics and Ukrainian language persecutions during the rule of the Russian Empire and USSR, and pressure of the contemporary Russian Federation caused its large-scale dissemination throughout the whole Ukraine. Mostly perceived in linguistics and public communication with a contempt, the panel discussion will look at references to Surzhyk in the pop-culture and investigate its spoken, written and artistic subversive potential.

Milena Khomchenko is an art critic and writer from Ukraine, a co-founder and curator of SONIAKH, and a researcher at the Research Platform at PinchukArtCentre.

Zhenia Moliar is an art historian who studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in Kyiv. In 2023-2024, she was a resident at Slavs and Tatars’ studio supported by the program Weltoffenes Berlin.

Vova Vorotniov is a Ukrainian Contemporary artist