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Art During War: Fundraiser for Ukraine


art residencies collaboration

July 9 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Governors Island
Colonels Row House 404A
Flux Factory together with SPILKA NGO and BIRUCHIY contemporary art project is hosting a fundraising event in support of the people of Ukraine affected by the full-scale Russian invasion. We invite you to learn about the Ukrainian art and music scene and how they are trying to make sense of out work in the face of genocide and war atrocities. Together, we will discuss how the international art community can aim to express solidarity with anti-oppressive and anti-colonial resistance. We invite you to engage with representatives of Ukrainian culture, learn about recent artworks from Ukrainian artists, listen and dance to electronic music by Ukrainian producers, and purchase some merch to support Ukraine.
All proceeds from the event will go to the Charity foundation "East-SOS" and other Ukrainian charities.

Presentation (and sale) from SPILKA
SPILKA NGO is a mutual aid organization founded by Ukrainian creatives and allies that has been organizing fundraising efforts for the people of Ukraine since February 2022, the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. SPILKA co-founder Betty Roytburd and other representatives from Spilka will talk about how their organization came together and about some of the work they have been doing.
“BIRUCHIY Transcarpathia 022. War time”: presentation by Olena Speranska
In her presentation Olena will introduce BIRUCHIY – the largest and longest-running international contemporary art residency in Ukraine. She will talk about the history, and development of BIRUCHIY which is an institutional partner of Flux Factory. In particular Olena will focus on the presentation of artworks created this summer during the residency in Transcarpathia, Ukraine.  There Ukrainian artists and artists from the other countries were participating in mutual projects reflecting times of war.
“Intro 2 Ukrainian Electronic Music”: presentation and DJ set by Anton Lapov
Anton Lapov will give a brief introduction to the history and harsh contemporary reality of the freedom-loving and powerful Ukrainian electronic music scene. During the presentation you will have a chance to learn more about key moments in the development of Ukrainian electronics and sound-art, and also listen to the best music videos. After the presentation Lapov will play a DJ set exclusively consisting of tracks by Ukranian producers and his own material.

About participants:
Spilka NGO is a rapid response coalition consisting of over thirty volunteers, founded by artists and creatives in NYC, during the first days of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. Together we function as an inclusive mutual aid relief network, redistributing resources to those most impacted in times of crisis. Spilka has cumulatively raised and redistributed over $120k - having organized and participated in fundraising events such as film screenings, music shows and dinners in support of Ukraine.

Olena Speranska
Olena Speranska is an art manager, curator, Vice-President of nonprofit organization CONTEMPORARY ART RESEARCHES UNION and Director of BIRUCHIY contemporary art project - the international art residency was founded in 2006 and for 17 years of its existence united more than 300 authors and 14 art groups from 19 countries worldwide.

Anton Lapov
Anton Lapov is an artist, musician and curator from Ukraine. His practice combines methodologies of humanities with computational aesthetics. Recently Lapov is developing interactive sound environments.