Duration: 17 – 22 September 2019
Location: Kharkiv and Kyiv, Ukraine
Partners: Second National Biennale for Young Art, IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives (Kyiv) and Flanders Arts Institute (Brussel) 
Project: The New Scene of Ukraine


BLOCKFREI, IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives (Kyiv) and Flanders Arts Institute (Brussel) have the pleasure to present a tailor-made Visitor’s Programme for international art professionals, which will be organised as a part of the Second National Biennale for Young Art, taking place in the city of Kharkiv in the period 17th of September – 31st of October, 2019.

The Visitor‘s program is also a part of a larger project The New Scene of Ukraine conducted by BLOCKFREI in partnership with several other partners from Ukraine (Plan B Festival, Ukrainian Institute, Biennale for Young Art and IZOLYATSIA), created in the light of 2019 – the bilateral Year of Culture between Ukraine and Austria with the aim to enable mobility enhancement, internationalisation and network creation among the curators, artists, art critics, art educators and producers in the field contemporary art scene.

Responding to the growing interest for the Ukrainian art scene, the Visitor’s Programme is designed for an international group of selected curators and art critics within the framework of the Education Programme of the Biennale for Young Art to establish. The programme should enable and promote cultural exchange, professional networking and knowledge sharing between peers from different countries.


Programme content:

The Visitor’s Programme kicks off at the opening of the Biennale and is followed by the three-day program in Kharkiv, after which it will relocate to Kyiv in order for the selected professionals to explore the capital’s art scene. In addition to attending the Biennale programme and meetings with artists, a panel discussion will be held with the participation of program participants and representatives / local art community.

The Programme in Kyiv will be more focused on the studio visits, as well as visits to some of the key art institutions such as the National Art Museum of Ukraine, IZOLYATSIA, PinchukArtCentre and Mystetskyi Arsenal.

The Visitor’s Programme Ukraine is coordinated by Kateryna Filyuk, Chief curator at IZOLYATSIA, and Mariia Volchonok, Education Programme coordinator for the Biennale for Young Art 2019.

Selected participants from Austria:

The group will include several art professionals from Belgium, Poland and Austria selected on the basis of their applications to the open call that lasted throughout summer 2019.

The two selected participants from Austria are:


Laura Amann – curator, architect, co-founder of Significant Other

Laura Amann (AT/CL1986) is a curator, architect and writer based in Vienna and Prague. She is a graduate of De Appel Curatorial Programme, Amsterdam and the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. She is co-founder of ‘Significant Other’ a project space and curatorial platform concerned with the overlaps of art and architecture, the exchange between peripheries and centers as well as institutional cross-connecting. She is also co-editor of ‘Architectural Notes’ a project taking stock of today’s world and its unhealthy manifestations in the built environment. She has contributed to a variety of exhibitions spaces, magazines and festivals amongst others Overgaden, Copenhagen, De Ateliers, Amsterdam; Croy Nielsen, Vienna; Royal Academy of Art, The Hague; hunt kastner, Prague; Fait Gallery, Brno; Monitor, Rome; Austrian Cultural Forum, Prague; Springerin, Vienna; MetropolisM, Amsterdam; stone projects, Prague and m3 Festival Prague. Soon she will be a resident at Darling Foundry, Montreal where she will continue looking for women, sensuality and opacity within nature-culture.



Kathrin Heinrich – art critic

Kathrin Heinrich is an art critic and freelance journalist based in Vienna, Austria. She studied art history and comparative literature at the University of Vienna after having completed a degree in fashion design. Her writing has been published in newspapers and magazines like Der Standard, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Artline and PW-Magazine. In 2018, she received the AICA Austria Prize for Young Art Criticism.



The Second National Biennale for Young Art, one of the largest cultural events in Ukraine, was founded by the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine in 2017. With the aim to promote cultural decentralisation, the event is taking place every two years, eatch time in a different city in Ukraine. City of Kharkiv is chosen for the 2019 location. The Biennale for Young Art 2019 is entitled “Looks like I’m entering our garden”. The curatorial concept refers to Zygmunt Bauman’s “Liquid Times”: “The gardener (…) believes that the world will have no order (at least the small part of the world entrusted to their care) unless they constantly watch over it and make an effort.” The Biennale includes the main exhibition, with 45 projects of young Ukrainian artists, a few side exhibitions, an educational programme and a programme for children. Locations for the exhibitions and events vary from museums to hotels and gardens.

IZOLYATSIA is a non-profit, non-governmental platform for cultural initiatives, founded in 2010 on the site of a former insulation factory based in Donetsk. The foundation takes its name from the original manufacturer. IZOLYATSIA is a platform for research, discussion, and the presentation of substantiated socio-political problems at differing scales of the local and global context. Through artistic practice, the foundation aims to change public opinion on politically sensitive themes and marginalized communities. IZOLYATSIA realizes projects that lie on the boundary between modern art and civil society, and works in the following areas: research, site-specific projects, exhibitions, and residencies.

Flanders Arts Institute is an interface organisation and expertise centre for visual arts, performing arts and classical music in Flanders and Brussels, Belgium. The organisation caters to both national and international professional arts audiences. It functions as a contact point for foreign art professionals in search of information on the visual and performing arts and on classical music from Flanders.

By organising visitor’s programmes and working visits abroad Flanders Arts Institute offers opportunities for artists and art professionals to expand their international network and to share knowledge with peers all over the world. With this, Flanders Arts Institute aims to build sustainable international relations, to facilitate and to support exchange and collaboration on an international scale.


Date: 18. September 2019, 19h
Location: Kharkiv Literary Museum
Bahaliia St, 6, Kharkiv, Kharkivs’ka oblast, Ukraine, 61000

Educational Programme Block – Alternative Versions of the Future

During the panel discussion, each speaker will briefly present his/her practice and outline sphere of interests in order to encourage cultural exchange, professional networking and knowledge sharing between peers from different countries.
Discussion will be in held English.

Laura Amann, curator, architect, co-founder of Significant Other;
Kathrin Heinrich, art critic;
Alicja Melzacka, independent researcher, curator, and writer;
Maaike Leyn, Belgian artist and linguist teaching Russian and Dutch language;
Borys Filonenko, co-curator of the Biennale for Young Art.

Moderator: Kateryna Filyuk, chief curator of IZOLYATSIA, curator of the Educational Programme of the Biennale for Young Art


Visitor’s Programme Ukraine is supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum in Kyiv and Flanders Arts Institute.


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