Visual Culture Research Centre - VCRC
Kyiv ~ Ukraine
Visual Culture Research Center (VCRC) is an interdisciplinary organization that works on the intersections of art, knowledge and politics. Its main cultural operations are in the fields of exhibition-making, publishing, organizing public debates and video production. VCRC was founded in 2008 as a joint initiative of young faculty, post-graduate and graduate students at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Until 2012, VCRC autonomously ran an intensive program of art projects, academic conferences and publications in collaboration with various circles of artists, activists and academics at the university. In 2012, after the exhibition “Ukrainian Body” was censored and shut down by the university’s president, VCRC was disbanded as an academic unit by the university’s authorities and became an independent self-organized institution. In 2013-14, VCRC supported the Maidan uprising by organizing a series of lectures, screenings and debates within the framework of “Open University of Maidan”, a grassroots initiative that unfolded at the occupied Maidan square in Kyiv. In 2014, after two years of nomadic existence, VCRC started to run its cultural center in Kyiv with a permanent program of exhibitions, debates and publications. In 2015, VCRC received the Princess Margrit Award from the European Cultural Foundation. That same year, together with the curators Georg Schollhammer and Hedwig Saxenhuber, VCRC organized and co-hosted The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015. In 2017, VCRC is organizing a second edition of the biennial, The Kyiv International – Kyiv Biennial 2017, curated by its team.