Visual Culture Research Center Network Partner

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. 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 Kiev. Besides ongoing programming and research that delves into the relationships between art and politics, VCRC now also organise the Kyiv Biennial. 

Film: Vasyl Cherepanyn on the Visual Culture Research Center