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With a new series of Live Zoom Talks, the French online magazine 9lives and DFA are opening a communication channel to Ukrainian artists and cultural practitioners.

Initiated and hosted by Carine Dolek. Contact:

The talks will take place in English and streamed via Zoom to

#1 'The Story of Odesa Photo Days' - With Kateryna Radchenko, Odesa Photo Days.

  • Kateryna Radchenko is a curator, artist, photography researcher.
  • Since 2015 - founder and director of the international festival Odesa Photo Days.
  • She studied photography during the Villa Arson scholarship programme (Nice, France), the Gaude Polonia programme (Warsaw, Poland) and the Museum of Photography (San Diego, USA). As a writer, she has published articles in several international magazines and online platforms, including Fotograf, Magenta, EIKON, FOAM Magazines.
  • She has curated exhibitions in Ukraine, South Korea, Sweden, Georgia, France and Latvia. She has participated as a portfolio reviewer in many different photo festivals such as: Riga Photo Month, Lodz Photo Festival, Suwon Photo Festival, Photo Wien.
  • Odesa Fototage 2020:
  • Odesa Fototage 2021:

#2 'The Contemporary Ukrainian Photo Scene' - With Kateryna Radchenko, Odesa Photo Days.

#3 Video Message: Yaryna Shumska, artist, Lviv

  • Yaryna Shumska (Ukraine, 1989) works in a field of performance art, painting, installation, and dance. ​
  • She is a co-organizer and co-curator of the "School of Performance" (2019) in the framework of the International festival "Days of Art Performance in Lviv". She teaches at the Department of Contemporary Art Practices at the Lviv National Academy of Arts (LNAM).
  • She participated in numerous exhibitions, international performance art festivals and events worldwide (Ukraine, France,Poland, Israel, Gemrany, QUebec, Japan, Thailand..). Her recent works were presented in the performance art festivals in Poland “Koło czasu” (Torun), “Transmutacje” (Belchatow), “Zero waste” (Tychy), in the International Art-project “LA NADA” (Talking about nothing) (Buenos Aires, Argentina), “ПЕРФОМАНС symposium” in Lviv and the Art-project “Dialogue” in collaboration with Barbara LeBéguec Friedman in The Korsak Museum of Contemporary Art (Lutsk) and “Dzyga Gallery” (Lviv).

#4 'Ukrainian Photographers Documenting the War' - With Kateryna Radchenko, Odesa Photo Days.

#5 Video Message by Volodymyr Semkiv, artist, Lviv

  • The artist Volodymyr Semkiv recorded a video in his Lviv workshop to share his everyday life and impressions. Volodymyr Semkiv is sculptor, he lives in Lviv. Two days ago his wife and his two little sons (4 years old and 1 year old) had to leave Ukraine. He was born in 1983 and studied in Lviv Academy of arts from 2007 to 2013. In 2011-2012 he was also studying in Gdansk, Poland. Before the beginning of war, he worked for public commands and also for himself, researching new art forms.
  • Here is his message: 'Hello. My name is Volodymyr Semkiv. I am a sculptor. I live and work in Lviv. This is my studio. I work here with my colleague Denis. It's hard to describe this feeling from the first minutes of the war, when everything I did lost its meaning at one point. All my works and public art that I have done during my life can be destroyed very quickly. But this is not the worst. Worse, I can't work at all. What's the point? Who needs it if tomorrow may not come? I immediately ask myself, what values are left? The only thing I can do is do something I can to win. Be in the moment. This is the only way the brain can work. And when I see everyone around me doing it, it works wonders! It gives faith! Thank you to all the people of Europe who support us so much! It is so necessary. At the same time, it is often sad for your politicians to "dance" a step forward, because your peoples are incredible in their awareness of good and evil, and a step back in fear of this lying dwarf. Closing the skies, planes for Ukraine, and especially membership in the European Union.'

  • Such as Volodymyr, a lot of Ukrainian artists are on
  • You can support them by buying a reproduction of their works, and giving them a possibility to get personal money during the war.
  • We warmly thank you so much Nadja Bailly for sending us Volodymyr Semkiv’s video.

#6 'Family War' - With Dmitry Kostyukov, photojournalist and board member of the magazine

  • Dmitry Kostyukov (1983, USSR), photographer, artist, and researcher.
    Since 2008, he has been working as a reporter specializing in the Post-Soviet region, also covering military conflicts including Georgia 2008 and Afghanistan. He collaborates with The New York Times, Time Magazine, Financial Times, Vogue, and others. At the same time, Dmitry makes personal projects, f.e. the children's illustrated book «Cosmos" which was recognized by the international scene and reprinted five times. He is also working as an art director for commercial design projects.
    Since 2013 Dmitry is based in Paris.
    He is an alumnus of the new master's program "Photography and Society" of the Royal Academy of Arts (KABK).
  • Artist statement:
  • 'I’m a visual artist, photojournalist and researcher who is currently based in Paris. Born in Crimea, growing up in a military family, studying at the military academy and later documenting conflict as a photojournalist has shaped a fundamental personal need to investigate social structures.
  • In my artistic practice, I address the themes of algorithmic vision, language translations, technology, capitalism and masculinity that I research through photojournalistic methods, using my personal background as an entry point. Being in a manly aggressive environment most of my life, I was often called “a woman”. For my fellow classmates, colleagues and even for my own father it was a way to humiliate me for my soft character. Much later, when I realised that also algorithms mistake me for a woman, I’ve started to question the boundaries of gender identity: How do they represent the state of different societies? What is the role of the technologies and the intersection between the contemporary algorithms and traditional patriarchal structures?
  • I engage with these structures not only on a theoretical level, but also by looking into the sensory experience and expression of these in daily life. Everything that may appear trivial becomes my primary source of collecting information, the bits and pieces that I organize in order to make sense of my surroundings.'

#7 'Social Impact in Photography and Anticolonialism' - With Dmitry Kostyukov, photojournalist and board member of the magazine

Watch the recording of 25. March 2022 on YouTube:

  • Dmitry talks about the social impact in photography with an example of the international 'Bird in Flight Photography Prize' which they organize in Kyiv, based on the - an Ukrainian online magazine about photography and visual culture (the original language of the media is Russian).

#8 Video message by Denys Shymanskiy, artist, Lviv

Denys Shymanskiy is a sculptor, born 1986 in Lutsk. He is graduated from Lviv State College of Decorative and Applied Arts and Lviv National Academy of Arts (department of monumental and decorative sculpture). “I am interested in the form in space and their interaction. How sculpture affects architecture and vice versa.” Engaged in sculpture and ceramics, he lives and works in Lviv.

#9 'Fight for the Facts' - With Marek M. Berezowski, Polish documentary photographer, Kyiv

Watch the recording of 24. March 2022 on YouTube:

Marek M. Berezowski is a documentary photographer and anthropologist. For 1h30, at the end of the day, from the staircase of his shelter in Kyiv, he tells us about his long-term work in Ukraine, which he started in 2015 in Donbass, and the importance of photographing reality in the process of being constructed and narrated. The importance of photographing life, everyday life, people, details. The importance of taking identifiable photos of the corpses, as these are people that friends and families will be looking for, as they are evidence of war crimes. The importance of making the difference between the propaganda of the two camps and the facts. “Facts are facts.” The importance of talking about a war of destruction, where the Ukrainians are struggling to exist and not disappear again into the existential void of the soviet. He talks about Mariopol, Kyiv, Irpin.

He always describes precisely on his instagram account pictures: 'At least a few civilians were killed in this way in Irpin that day. Everything within 250 meters, all victims were shot. It is not a coincidence but a war crime. Also, as mentioned earlier, civilians were shot on the evacuation way through Stayanka to Kyiv.'

He recounts the day today, the camera destroyed by a Russian soldier, the recovery of a friend's body, in Yirpin, the resistance, the involvement, the zoo, the innocence, the animals, the difference between his work and a war photographer’s work: war is not his subject. His subjects are the human and the reality. And the reality is being made before his eyes and he must participate in showing its truth.

On his request, here is the link to support Kyiv Zoo and its teams, who stay to take care of their animals:

Thanks to Christian, Peter, Marie-Noëlle and the Boutographies de Montpellier team for organizing this meeting for us.

#10 "Creating and Saving the MOKSOP" - Live Zoomtalk mit Nadiia Bernard-Kovalchuk, researcher, curator, Museum of Kharkiv School of Photography

Watch the recording of Friday 8.April on YouTube:

Nadiia Bernard-Kovalchuk

Art critic. Born in Kyiv, Ukraine. Resides and works in Paris since 2013. Studied History of Art at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Kyiv, Ukraine), after which enrolled École du Louvre in Paris, France, where received her BA in History of Art. In 2019 gained MA in History of Art from Sorbonne University in Paris, France. In 2020 started working on PhD thesis on the department of history of art and archaeology in Sorbonne University. Author of the first monograph on Kharkiv School of Photography — “Харківська школа фотографії: гра проти апарату” (in Ukrainian).

#11 "Exhibiting Russian and Ukrainian Artists?" - Live Zoomtalk with Nadiia Bernard-Kovalchuk, researcher, curator, Museum of Kharkiv School of Photography

Watch the recording of Monday 11.April, on YouTube:

On the tendencies of Western cultural institutions to have mixed Ukrainian/Russian talks and events.

#12 "An Exhibition and a Library to Resist" - Live Zoomtalk with Nadiia Bernard-Kovalchuk, researcher, curator, Museum of Kharkiv School of Photography

Watch the recording of Thursday 14.April, on YouTube:

Nadiia talks about the exposition of Ukrainian photography « Les Indomptables », Ukrainian photographers on the war, at the Centre Culturel d'Ukraine en France in Paris, and her library project. Two projects to resist and give a real overview of today's Ukrainian identity and fight to keep it independent and alive.

#13 "Meet Maxim and Irina Dondyuk" - Live Zoomtalk with Maxim Dondyuk, visual artist and Irina Dondyuk, artistic manager.

Watch the recording of 20.April 2022 on YouTube:

He is a visual artist who works in the field of documentary photography, she is his artistic manager. We will have the chance to exchange with them on their work, rewarded and recognized around the world and, from this perspective, understand the meanings of documenting the war in its own country.

Maxim Dondyuk (b. 1983) is a Ukrainian visual artist working in the field of documentary photography.

From the beginning of the war, he is dedicated to documenting relentlessly. His pictures are featured in numerous publications - the cover of Time magazine, for example.

His practice integrates multiple mediums including photography, video, text, and archival material. Maxim’s works often explore issues relating to history, memory, conflict, and their consequences : “‘TB epidemic in Ukraine’, a two-year work which investigated the problem of tuberculosis in Ukraine; ‘Crimea Sich’, about a military upbringing of children in the secret camp in the Crimea Mountains and its pitfalls; ‘Between Life and Death’, a personal reflection on the aftermath of wars through the ruins and devastated landscapes, previously been battlefields; ‘Culture of Confrontation’, which in 2019 resulted in the book of the same name, and became a turning point in author’s artistic work. In his ongoing project ‘Untitled Project from Chernobyl’ Maxim works with vernacular and found photographs in the restricted areas, combining them with landscape photographs of the territories that were burned by nuclear energy.

Maxim has been widely awarded numerous recognitions including International Photographer of the Year in Lucie Awards, finalist of the Prix Pictet Photography Prize, Magnum Photos competition ‘30 under 30’ for emerging documentary photographers, finalist of the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography. His work has been exhibited internationally, at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, Somerset House in London, MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome, International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva, the Biennale of Photography in Bogota in Colombia.

#14 "74 Ukrainian Artists for a Massive Help Sale" - Live Zoomtalk with Lyolya Goldstein (Bird in Flight) and Cornélia Schmidmayr (Peace for Art foundation) and the photographers Mikhail Palinchak and Dmitry Kostyukov

Watch the recording of 25. April on YouTube:

The Bird in Flight Magazine and the Peace for Art Foundation co-organize the sale “Photographers for children”.

Starting from April 15th and ending on April 29th, the massive sale proposes the works of 74 Ukrainian photographers at the unique price of 50€ to raise money for the children affected by the war. Awaited by the Kyiv art scene from the beginning of the war, organized by Ukrainian art operators who managed to flee, supported by an impressive number of artists, the sale is a huge impact action as well as a meaningful demonstration of unity.

Planned before the war to support the Ukrainian army, the sale had been repurposed to help the “Posmishka UA” organization in Zaporizhzhia, which supports orphans and families with children affected by the war. Currently, Zaporizhzhia hosts a lot of refugees from Mariupol.

For this sale, every author will provide limitless access to a copy of one photograph (outside the author’s circulation). The photo size is 20 x 30 centimeters, and the price for a copy is EUR 50. Acid-free paper Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta 315 gsm is used for printing.

Photographers, who take part in the initiative:

Gera Artemova, Diana Andrunyk, Victor Bakin, Anna Bekerska, Lesha Berezovskiy, Valentine Bo, Pavlo Borshchenko, Roman Bordun, Sasha Bychenko, Taras Bychko, Andrey Boyko, Marina Brodovska, Anastasia Babenko, Lena Bulygina, Gennadiy Chernega, Igor Chekachkov, Victor Corwic, Andriy Dostliev, Lia Dostlieva, Yurko Dyachyshyn, Misha Dykun, Igor Efimov, Nazar Furyk, Maksim Finogeev, Marina Frolova, Dima Gavrysh, Maksym Holub, Bogdan Hulyay, Artem Humilevskiy, GORSAD, Kirill Golovchenko, Roman Himey, Yana Kononova, Dmitry Kostyukov, Tetyana Kovalchuk, Serhiy Korovayniy, Yulia Krivich, LooK Group, Svitlana Levchenko, Maria Lirer, Kateryna Lesiv, Andriy Lomakin, Ira Lupu, Oleksandr Lyapin, Sergey Melnitchenko, Valeriy Miloserdov, Vladyslav Musienko, Artem Nadezhin, Anastasiia Nekypila, Evgeniy Nikiforov, Sasha Orlova, Sasha Pais, Mikhail Palinchak, Roman Pashkovsky, Evgeniy Pavlov, Victoria Pidust, Julia Po, Polina Polikarpova, Roman Pyatkovka, Stanislav Rico, Yuri Salabay, Anton Shebetko, Lena Shkoda, Yaroslav Solop, Olya Sosiura, Eugeniy Stepanets, Olena Subach, Vika Temnova, Mila Teshaeva, Iryna Vasylenko, Valerii Veduta, Vasilina Vrublevska, Emine Ziyatdinova, Shilo Group.

Link to the sale:

If you would like to help by donating, here is a list of institutions that Kateryna recommends:

DFA press materials:



Zoom talk recordings on YouTube.


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