Well known in the architectural circles of specialists, they develop innovative urban strategies and systematize the knowledge of how people integrate into urban space and interact with it. In addition to this, METASITU develops the concept of ECUMENOPOLIS, believing that the whole world is one large city. METASITU is well known abroad. They have already had an opportunity to work in Ukraine (Mariupil and Slavutych). In August, during the City Scanning Session festival, they'll direct activity groups and look for other scenarios for city's internal processes, so that they can make the hidden potential of Ivano-Frankivsk run.
Curators of the workshops
Anna Balazs (Budapest, Manchester)
I am a Hungarian anthropologist based in Manchester, UK. My PhD research explores the transformation of Mariupol after the start of the Donbas war, studying how local government policy and new civic spaces create new urban visions for an East Ukrainian industrial city. Besides academic work, I participated in various projects in the field of community urbanism in Hungary, Romania, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Ukraine. In Budapest, my hometown, I was working for the Contemporary Architecture Center, and later founded my own organization specialized in urban walking tours.
Seila Fernández Arconada (Bilbao, Bristol)
Seila is an independent artist-researcher based in the UK. Currently, she is Honorary Research Staff in the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Bristol (UK) and research collaborator at 'Art, Research and Feminism' at the University of the Basque Country (Spain). She has been awarded with a Moore Institute Visiting Fellowship (Ireland) and recently selected by Gasworks London for the workshop 'Migration, Identity and Belonging' while artist in residency at pARTage (Mauritius) with the project Natural-ZONE: the act of collective creativity.
Seila has delivered numerous cross-disciplinary workshops and interventions including Communities Development in Post-Crisis Regions (Ukraine) and exhibited internationally, recently at Imagined Landscapes (RWA, UK), In Between Storage (Latvia), ENCLAVE Land Art (Spain) and 'Migration, Identity and Belonging' at Institut Français (Mauritius).
Her research based practice focuses on the exploration of artistic methodology, its boundaries and new social approaches.
Anna Dobrova & Dima Isaev (Mistodiya)
MistoDiya is the collective of architects and urbanists from Kyiv. Their work is based on experimental and artistic approach to study the city, public spaces and its users. The founders Anna Dobrova and Dima Isaiev have finished the National Academy of Fine Arts in Kyiv and then Anna was studying in Technical University of Vienna and Dima - in Institute of Applied Arts in Studio Kazuo Sedgima (SANAA) both in Vienna. Nowadays the collective works in Vienna and on regular base visits Ukraine for researches and projects. One of them was the project connecTABLE - the research of the social life in the sleeping districts of Kyiv, which idea has won the 1 prize in Canactions competition in 2014.
Yana Shpachynska and Misha Yakymchuk (Kamyanets-Podilsky)
Yana Shpachynska from Kamyanets-Podilsky is a music artist, member of the band Zapaska, since 2009 largely touring in Ukraine and abroad. Born in 1986. Studied Japanese language and literture in Taras Shevchenko KNU.
Misha Yakymchuk from Kamyanets-Podilsky is a guitarist, singer-songwriter. Born in 1992. Studies philosophy in Tavrida National V. I. Vernadsky University.
Alex Sushinskyi (Chernivtsi)
2012-2014: curator in "da_sein gallery", Donetsk (about 50 projects, including 2 free improv music festivals "CALM i NOISE" (2012, 2013)
Creates an independent label "da_sein_rec.", which produces contemporary academic Ukrainian and improvisational music with limited edition
2014-2015: creates a Laboratory for Aesthetic Studies, lectures "Art of the XX - beginning. XXI century", which passes in Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Kyiv
From the end of 2015: curator, lecturer at the Steinbarg gallery in Chernivtsi
The main direction of theoretical research and curatorial practice are mechanisms of falsification (fake), mystification at the level of historical, political, aesthetic processes
Leo Trotsenko (Lviv)
Lviv National Academy of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, 2016.
Creation of critical texts about cultural / artistic field. Participant of "Periscope" group, which deals with independent publishing and informal exhibition activities.
- "Louvre. Eugene Ravsky and Volodymyr Kostyrko" - coordinator, Palace of Arts, Lviv, 2013
- Andriy Boyarov: "sitespecific / kohaspetsiifika" - coordinator, UCU gallery, Lviv, May 15 - June 26, 2015
- International festival "MOST" - textual accompaniment to the main exhibition, Frankfurt-am-Oder (Germany) and Slobice (Poland), 2015
- "UKRAJINS'KYJ ZRIZ" triennale of Ukrainian art - Exposition coordinator, Wroclaw (Poland), 2016
- "Degree of Dependence", curator project "Open Group" - text support in the project and exhibition catalog, Wroclaw (Poland), 2016
- "All-Lenin" project, part of the group L.K.S.S. - Shteynberg Gallery, Chernivtsi, 2016
- Cool-inch museum project, art-residence - Kharkiv, 2017
Bohdan Volynskyi and Valeria Ahafonova (Kharkiv)
young architects from Kharkiv researching the boundaries of the profession.
Bohdan is an architect, currently working in start-up project of the Kharkiv School of Architecture as a producer of educational programme.
co-organizer and tutor of seminars and fabrication workshop on parametric modelling at Kharkiv National Univercity of Construction and Architecture (with Andrew Pavlov), 2012
co-organizer, lecturer and tutor at proactive group "Architectural Adventures", 2012-2014
organizer and tutor at annual festival for architects and designers "Summer workshop", 2013 - now
co-founder at NGO "Critical thinking" dealing with architectural education, professional community and urban strategy for Kharkiv. Including educational projects, workshops, public debates, participatory projects, etc. (with Vasylysa Shchogoleva), 2014 - now
co-founder and architect at "Snizhock architects", 2014 - 2015
founder and tutor at Children architecture school, 2015 - now
finalist at MUKHI 2015, Young Ukrainian Artists award
tutor at European Architecture Students Assembly (EASA) Malta, 2015
architect at "Drozdov and Partners", 2015
Valeriia is currently working at SBM studio as an architect and also acted as a contemporay artist with friends of hers.
"Class" programme within the SOSka group. SOSka gallery-lab. Kharkiv, Ukraine, 2008
"Number" exhibition in CCA EIDOS. Kyiv, Ukraine, 2009
Apartment Exhibition Days. Series of exhibitions and actions in private and public spaces. Kharkiv, Ukraine, 2012-2013
3rd place in International Street Cat House Design Competition (with Vasylysa Shchogoleva). China, New Zeland, 2015
tutor at European Architecture Students Assembly (EASA) Malta, 2015
assistant at Children architecture school, 2015 - now
Serg Pohrebyskyi (Kyiv)
Artist. Born in Kiev in 1987.
Works in various graphic techniques. Engages in printed graphics. He is interested in photography, installations and video art.
2016 - "China" Graphics, Gallery "NeboArtGallery", Kyiv, Ukraine
2012 - "In Search of the Perfect Form", Art Space 365 gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine
2016 - "The Planet Series" Clouded Lands, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine
2016 - "Botanika", gallery "Lavra", Kyiv, Ukraine
2015 - Botany, Gallery "COME IN", Kharkiv, Ukraine
2015 - GOGOLGARDEN project, "GOGOLFEST", Kyiv, Ukraine
2015 - "Feldmanecopark", Kharkiv, Ukraine
2015 - "China", Ming gallery of art,. Suzhou City, Jiangxi Province, China
Natalka Dovha (Kyiv, Warsaw)
Photographer, journalist, filmdirektor, curator.
Was born in Ternopil in 1981. Currently live in Warsaw.
She has earned degree at the Department of Journalism at the Kyiv International University, studied at tha Academy of Photography in Warsaw. Recipient of a scholarship Gaude Polonia from the Polish Ministry of Culture in 2010.
Her artistic projects are mostly long visual or literal researches going based on documental material.
In 2016 has joint Martyna Cziszewska in a work under Biennale Nieużytków/ Biennale of Wastelands in Poland. Works based on documental material, research
Marta Ferretti and Francesco Campagniary (Interzona, Verona, Italy)
Interzona is an independent cultural association that operates on the principle of volunteering. Founded in December 1992 due to the need to create a place where you can combine culture, art, experimentation, reflection and social activities. From the outset, Interzona's goal was to open up and experiment with concepts, identify policies, goals and plans for building and promoting an independent culture linking to the city, but also building national and international links.
The purpose of the association is diffusion, promotion, analysis of music, performing arts and other artistic disciplines in all forms. In addition to the weekly program, Interzona organizes musical, theatrical, cinema, visual art festivals and residence projects.
In organizing events and creating new places of social interaction, Interzona has always shown a desire to voice the urgency of communicating with alternative associations and exploring new forms of expression, creating unique projects.
The Arcipelago team is an informal group from Interzona, with different backgrounds - artists, curators, garden designers, enthusiasts, photographers, urbanists, architects, translators.
Marta Hladka (Ivano-Frankivsk)
She likes to explore the city and she is interested in preserving the historical heritage. Originally from Ivano-Frankivsk, she studied at the Faculty of History in Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. By education, a historian-medievalist. Alumnus of "Workshops of Public Activity" - programs of informal civic education. As a project manager at the Lviv City Institute, she is involved in such urban-party projects as "Communities in Action", "Urban Cafe" and "Workshop of the City". Among her own projects "Urban Holiday" in Ivano-Frankivsk is an attempt to attract residents to improve the accomplishment of the adjoining territory.
Roman Sakh and Kostia Kuchabskyi (Kyiv)
Over the years, our studio’s focus areas had often changed. We had managed to work with parametric design tools, different software and digital production. We have created small architectural installations and furniture items, worked with media measurement, algorithms on collection and visualization of data, graphical design. We have engineered and implemented architectural projects, conducted a research of public spaces and currently we are working on creation of some in the East of Ukraine together with locals. In-parallel, together with team for the fourth year we are developing the Ostriv platform space in Solomyanka, one of Kyiv districts, where the artistic, cultural and educational events are being held.