6 – 7 December 2019
Venue: Depot – Kunst und Diskussion
Breite Gasse 3
1070 Wien


In the light of 2019 – the bilateral “Year of Culture” between Ukraine and Austria, BLOCKFREI has created a project The New Scene of Ukraine with the idea to present the potent and emerging cultural associations from Ukraine, in order to connect them with their Austrian colleagues for the purpose of exchange of ideas and to lay a foundation for their potential collaboration in the years to come.

So far two of three panned activities have already taken place. One was a Visitors’ Program to Ukraine – when two Austrian based art critic and a curator were selected via an open call to take part in the week-long study visit to Kyiv and Kharkiv during the 2nd National Biennale of Young art realized in cooperation with the Biennale and IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
The second activity of the project was a selection of two Ukrainian based emerging curators and their participation in an annual curatorial program for emerging international curators – Curators’ Agenda conducted by BLOCKFREI, which has just recently ended and was realized in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute.

The December conference, which is at the same time the final activity of the project The New Scene of Ukraine, is envisaged along the lines of a networking event and (re-) connecting with Ukrainian and Austrian professionals from the field of arts and culture and reflection on the current state of the art and culture in Ukraine.
Friday, the first day of the program, from 12 – 17h we will be dedicated to presentations of the projects and initiatives by the invited guests from Ukraine, while Saturday afternoon program will have a discursive format consisting of two panels, one dedicated to the state of the (young) Ukrainian art scene, while the other panel will be focused more on the topic of internationalization as a capacity-building of the Ukrainian art and cultural scene.


We will have a pleasure to host the following guests from Ukraine:
Alisa Lozhkina and Konstantin Akinsha – a curatorial duo of the exhibition “Between fire and fire. Ukrainian Art Now” presented at Semperdepo in September, in Vienna
Kateryna Filyuk – curator at IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives, curator of the educational program of the 2nd National Biennale of Young Art (in Kharkiv)
Aleksandra Tryanova – junior curator at PinchukArtCenter
Yuliya Vaganova – deputy director of Mystetskiy Arsenal and exhibition projects
Oleksandr Vynogradov – program manager at Ukrainian Institute
Anna Zvyagintseva – artist, Kyiv

As well as participating guests from Austria:
Georg Schöllhammer and Hedwig Saxenhuber – a curatorial duo of The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015 and are running Tranzit organization in Vienna
Kathrin Heinrich – art historian and independent art critic Vienna


Throughout the program, we will present Ukrainian cultural associations programs and artists, who will take part in the aforementioned activities and discuss the topics related to art and activism, culture and community, as well as their role as activators of social change.
We will also introduce representatives of the Ukrainian and Austrian governments who will present to the audience official programs that are supporting the enhancement of mobility opportunities and exchange between the two countries.


The final conference program is to be announced!


The project “The New Scene of Ukraine” is supported by the Austrian Federal Chancellery, Ukrainian Institute, Austrian Cultural Forum in Kyiv.


Visitor’s Programme Ukraine →

Curators’ Agenda →