Kateryna Iakovlenko is a Luhansk-born and Kyiv-based visual art researcher, art critic and journalist. For six years she has been researching the transformation of the heroic narrative of Donbas through new media as a postgraduate thesis at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. She worked as deputy web editor for The Day newspaper (2013–14), curator and program manager in the Donbas Studies Research Project at Izolyatsia, a platform for cultural initiatives (2014–15), and researcher and curator of public programs at PinchukArtCentre (2016–22). Her current research interest touches on the subject of art during political transformations and war, and explores women’s and gender optics in visual culture.
Published in: oDR: Interview‘I had no fear’: The volunteers saving people and pets from Irpin
Three volunteers talk to openDemocracy about putting their lives at risk to rescue abandoned dogs, cats and birds...
Published in: oDR: FeatureThese people survived Mariupol. Here are their stories
Three people who have managed to escape the besieged city tell openDemocracy of the horrors they witnessed
Serhiy Zhadan: “Donbas is more about revival than ruins”
The Ukrainian writer and poet shares his views on cultural policies and politics in Donbas.
Published in: ОД "Русская версия"Meet the man in charge of Ukraine's national memory
What is “national memory” – and how should we (re)interpret it? An interview with Anton Drobovych, new director of...
Alevtina Kakhidze: the artist who “made Donbas human”
In Ukraine, Alevtina Kakhidze is known for her illustrations of the impacts of the war in eastern Ukraine. Here, she...
Director Sergei Loznitsa on the conflict in eastern Ukraine: “This is disintegration”
Sergei Loznitsa talks about his new film on the Donbas conflict, societal collapse and the post-Soviet individual. RU