Larissa Babij lives in Kiev, where she works with Ukrainian contemporary artists as a curator, writer, and co-conspirator of experimental projects. Together with TanzLaboratorium, she has been producing the annual PERFORMATIVITY Educational Art Project since 2011. In April 2014, she brought Gregory Sholette and Olga Kopenkina’s “Imaginary Archive” to Ukraine (including new works by local artists). Her writing has been published in ARTMargins Online, Guernica, and other publications. She is a member of the Art Workers’ Self-defense Initiative (ISTM).
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Today it is impossible to talk about Ukraine without acknowledging the Maidan protests. Making art about Maidan seems logical, even lucrative, but I am suspicious of exhibitions and objects being produced now that claim to be authoritative reflections of events that are so fresh in our collective memory and have not yet reached any conclusion.