Organized by the Izolyatsia Foundation
According to the philosopher Hannah Arendt, public space is necessary for human existence and activity as a place where free citizens can gather to make collective decisions.
In Soviet times, the illusion of public space was created, that is, physical spaces were organized in a way that they did not meet the basic requirement — the possibility of the citizens’ free presence. Everything public was strictly regulated and ideologized. Today, as the processes of de-Communization take place in Ukraine, public spaces must serve as a marker for the liberalization of the society. As they transform, they are liberated from government control, and the citizens start to perceive them as common property, rather than the typical Soviet perception of public space as ‘nobody’s’.
Yevhenia Moliar, art critic, curator of the SOVIET MOSAICS UKRAINE project by the IZOLYATSIA foundation; Ihor Tyshchenko, urban researcher, CEDOS think tank; Leonid Marushchak, art curator for the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center; Maria Frey, project coordinator, IZOLYATSIA foundation in Mariupol; Alina Yakubenko, artist; Oleksandr Dovhyy, artist.