Alex Fisher, Yevheniia Moliar, “Triangulating Shevchenko”, panel discussion 

19 August 2023, 19:00


BERLIN, S&T RESIDENCY, ARCHIVE



The discussion considers distinct representations of the famous Ukrainian poet and national figure Taras Shevchenko, focusing on a painting by the Georgian visual artist Andro Wekua and monuments by Ivan Kavaleridze, a Soviet Ukrainian creative polymath. It will explore ‘triangulation’ as a method for reckoning with the poet’s legacy, and, by extension, that of cultural and national icons whose likenesses have been replicated in different artistic styles. The method calls for ‘locating’ a subject by determining its relation to multiple reference points with known positions.

Fisher will analyze Wekua’s painting named after a ship titled for Shevchenko and reflect on how it has assumed new meaning against the backdrop of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Moliar will address the expansive practice of Kavaleridze, who created monuments that combine Constructivist and Cubist elements in addition to directing films.

Alex Fisher’s residency is supported by Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. 

Yevheniia Moliar’s residency is supported by the fellowship program “Weltoffenes Berlin” by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Alex Fisher’s residency is supported by Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
Free admission
Language: English
Duration: 60 minutes

Doors open at 18:30. Panel Discussion starts at 19:00

Alex Fisher is a writer and curator from Buffalo, New York, USA. His research focuses on legacy (re)formation and mutual associations of natural, built, and political environments.

Yevheniia Moliar is an art historian from Kyiv, Ukraine. Her research focuses on the cultural heritage of the Soviet period, with concentrations on monumental art and local lore museums.