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Eating together
Cooking Architecture by Patricio Sota
Sunday, June 5th, 4 – 8 p.m.
MQ, Yard close to Freiraum Ukraine

Sota wants to transform public spaces by introducing basic functions that are commonly tied to the rigid structure of our houses. He wants to expand the borders of our homes. Stretch them. Bend them. Reshape them until they blend with our streets, parks, and cities. COOKING ARCHITECTURE is the first step of this exploration. We start by taking the kitchen from the house and setting it free in the landscape/cityscape. A nomadic kitchen that takes any imaginable shape, adapting to the surroundings. Reacting. A growing community. We start with the kitchen because it is the most active room in the house. A meeting point. A space of exchange and cooperation. A food processing station.

Born and raised in Mexico.
BSc. Architecture at the University of Liechtenstein.
Master of Arts in the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
Currently developing the project “COOKING ARCHITECTURE”.

Ukrainian art and craft market
in the courtyard of the MQ, Freiraum Ukraine
from June 2 to 6, 2022 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Escaped Ukrainian women artists present their works and invite to a conversation.
Application till May, 23rd: office(at) (Natalia)

Solo performance by and with Carola von Herder
Je suis Ukraine
Wed, June 1st, 6.30 p.m.

The dancer and choreographer Carola von Herder will give a solo performance at the Freiraum-Ukraine on June 1, at 18.30, accompanied by the musicians: Edith Lettner (saxophone), Adula Ibn Quadr (violin) and Stephan Brodzkij (marimba) with free admission at Freiraum-Ukraine.

Carola von Herder is trained in classical dance and modern dance, choreographed the first modern dance event at the Odessa Opera, she lives in Odessa.

“I learned that the earth, like water, has several states”
Tue, May 31, 7.30 p.m.

Kateryna Lysovenko, Polina Baitsym, Olia Sosnovkaya, Ruth Jenrbekova

The title for the discussion is borrowed from a diary entry of a Ukrainian artist Kateryna Lysovenko made in the first weeks of the war in Ukraine. The event is organized by the International Coalition of Cultural Workers Against the War in Ukraine ( in the Freiraum Ukraine. It is dedicated to understanding the interrelation of "power-knowledge" in the ex-Soviet countries, as well as the strategies and practices of artists' work on the deconstruction, opening, and appropriation of power relations in the field of knowledge.

Language is not neutral, it is built into the very fabric of power relations in a system of colonization, marginalization, demonization, building hierarchies, and "friend or foe" relations. And at the same time, language and knowledge can become an important part of emancipatory artistic practices.

The discussion involves artists with different backgrounds and traumatic experiences of war, protest, and colonization in ex-Soviet territories (Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan).

Participants of the discussion:

1. Katerina Lisovenko (Ukraine) – Graduated from Odesa Hrekov Arts College, National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture (Kyiv) and Kyiv Academy of Media Arts. In her artworks, she addresses the topic of violence which is oftentimes caused by political, religious, and ideological oppression. Works and lives in Kyiv.

2. Polina Baitsym (Ukraine) – is an art historian and curator specializing in socialist realism in the Ukrainian visual arts. She is currently a doctoral candidate in comparative history at Central European University, Budapest/Vienna, and a curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art NGO (MOCA) Library, Kyiv, Ukraine.

3. Olia Sosnovkaya (Belarus) – Artist, researcher, and organizer. She focusses on interweaving notions of celebration, collective choreographies, affect, scores and the political in and beyond post-socialist contexts. She graduated the PhD-In-Practice program at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. A co-founder of the self-organized platform WORK HARD! PLAY HARD! and a member of the art and research group Problem Collective.

4. Ruth Jenrbekova (Kazakhstan) – was born in Almaty city, Kazakhstan. Since 1997 she has been involved in various cultural initiatives. Being a precarious employee of an imaginary art-institution, she tries to combine several roles and positions, working in a duo with her partner artist Maria Vilkovisky.

Dialogue on sexualised violence in war
Monday, 30 May, 6.30 pm

In the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, reports of sexually violent crimes are taking on alarming proportions (especially against women but also against children). The UN Women's Rights Organisation is calling for independent investigations. Sexualised war violence is the exercise of power by sexual means.

The Ukrainian communication scientist and photographer Anastasiia Yakovenko tries to depict the topic in pictures in order to create publicity. The event will discuss these images and the extent to which such visualisations are suitable means of drawing attention to the unspeakable and the traumas. The international prosecution of sexualised violence has only been recorded, prosecuted and condemned since the Bosnian war.

PART II - The War in Ukraine - Art in Exile
Full Mouth Vienna - The mobile cooking and talk show by Tim Voss
Wed, May 25th, 6.30 pm

Full Mouth is an independent Berlin-based mediation format for artistic and socio-cultural contexts: Four guests and the moderator Tim Voss (former artistic director of the Vienna Künstlerhaus) gather around a mobile table with a hob and talk. Together they prepare food and eat it together with the visitors. The event, which lasts approximately two hours, is filmed and edited into an approximately 50-minute program on Youtube. The Notgalerie has invited the Full Mouth team to present its current residents and cooperation partners for three shows. For Full Mouth Notgalerie #2 they are guests at Freiraum Ukraine in Vienna's Museumsquartier, cooking and talking with Ukrainian guests to learn more about their situation:

Liliya Petrova, currently artist in residence at Notgalerie.
Sasha Horbiatuk, Ukrainian art student in Vienna
Anna Sorokovaya, Ukrainian artist in exile in Graz

Hedwig Saxenhuber, curator and co-editor of springerin
Musical accompaniment will be provided by filmmaker Hubert Sielecki with his bagpipes.

Wednesday, 25.5.22 at 18.30 in the Open Space Ukraine (or in the courtyard in fair weather).
The public is invited to dine with us by appointment at fullmouth(at)

Film screening
Ukraine. Rebel with a Cause by Olha Raiter
Fri 20.05., 6.30 pm

Short films selection by Olha Raiter (LISFF Wiz-Art, Lviv, Ukraine)

Right now Ukrainian people are on the frontier of a democratic and free world. Our peaceful land is burning under the bombs of Russian occupants. The courage of the regular Ukrainian people came out as a surprise to many, but it has never been a secret to us. The selection of films tries to explain the 'why' russian occupants broke their teeth in the war against Ukraine and why freedom must win. Discover Ukraine and Ukrainians with the most prominent modern filmmakers we gathered.


Olha Raiter

Program director and co-founder of Lviv International Short Film Festival, one of the most visible and influential film events in Ukraine. She graduated from the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv in Slavic Philology, Cultural Studies. Currently a curator and program manager of America House Lviv, she is also an inspiration for the Big Short online cinema, a place for short films in Ukraine. Olha is a member of the Ukrainian Film Academy, SOFA alumni, and part of the world's Aspen Community Ukraine.

Pavlo Makov: The Hell of the Living
Fr 13.05., 18.30 Uhr

Pavel Makov represents this year with the work "Fountain of Exhaustion" the Ukrainian pavilion at the Venice Biennale. At his lecture in Vienna he will show his latest works, the artist's book "ДО ПО" (Before & After) and the installation "Mappa Mundi". The quote by Italo Calvino presented by Pavlo Makov most aptly describes the content of the lecture.

“The hell of the living is not something that will be. If there is one, it is what is already here, the hell we live in every day, that we make by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the hell and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what the midst of hell, are not hell, then make them endure, give them space.”

Italo Calvino from The Invisible Cities, 1972

Born in 1958 in St. Petersburg, lives in Kharkiv.

Painting workshop for kids
Every Saturday, 10:30 to 12:00 in the Freiraum Ukraine.

Painting with Olena with children who have fled from Ukraine.

Film Screening "Guide map” by Alina Maksimenko
Wed 04.05., 6.30 pm

Her latest video production refers to her escape from Ukraine two weeks after the beginning of the war. "Guide Map" diary is a personal document of this journey, accompanied by trauma and fear, through the psychic geographies of war and about the precarious logistics of escape.
After the film presentation there will be a discussion with the artist about the current situation in Ukraine.

Exhibition: Scents of the Earth
Opening /Lecture: 05.05., 6pm
Exhibition: 06.05. – 06.06.2022

In the late 1950s, a young couple of Ukrainian artists, Ada Rybachuk and Volodymyr Melnychenko (ARVM), ventured on an unprecedented journey beyond the Arctic Circle to the town of Naryan-Mar. In the glacier mists, the students from Kyiv spent days among the Nenets people, studying their daily life with pencils in their frostbitten fingers. ARVM imbibed the Nenets’ veneration of the rampant North and instilled their artworks with it, later on setting up the first art museum in Naryan-Mar. The Nenets accepted the artists in their community and posed for their portraits, documenting the residents amidst the first years of the Soviet construction.

This exhibition foregrounds the early artworks of ARVM, created during the expeditions to the North they undertook from the late 1950s through the 1960s. The artists, whose later oeuvre largely determines the urban landscape of Kyiv, now facing a wartime threat of obliteration, continuously drawn upon knowledge the Nenets shared with them and cherished this friendship for decades. ARVM’s practice exemplifies pioneering attempts to challenge colonial narratives through art activism, vigorously striving to manifest the rights of diverse cultures for untamed artistic statements to endure in the broader cultural spaces.

Curators: Polina Baitsym, Ksenia Kravtsova and Hedwig Saxenhuber

The opening will be complemented by a lecture on ARVM’s heritage in Ukraine.

Speaker: Polina Baitsym, PhD Candidate in History at Central European University, Vienna, Austria/Budapest, Hungary.

The collection of the ARVM Heritage Preservation Foundation.

Alevtina Kakhidze: What is the role of an artist in war?
Sat 30.04., 6.30pm

Born 1973 in Zhdanovka, Donetsk region, USSR, Alevtina Kakhidze is based in Muzychi, Ukraine, 26 kilometers from Kyiv, where she also runs the residency program she founded, The Muzychi Expanded History Project. Having grown up in the Donetsk region of Ukraine (since 1991), known for coal mining, she has experienced Ukraine’s abrupt and chaotic changes from the days of the USSR to the imbalanced environment after, including undeclared war between Russia and Ukraine that it is going on today.
Her performances, writings and drawings often deal with the post–soviet reality of her homecountry. Alevtina Kakhidze is a critical observer of the sociopolitical changes and was very active during the Majdan protests in 2013–2014.
Since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Alevtina Kakhidze has been keeping a diary and recording the events.
„Maidan changed my life, and I understood there how to find the courage to channel my emotions and keep working. This is why I started drawing immediately after the Russian invasion started in 2014 and in the same day of the bloody escalation of this war on 24.02.2022.“
Alevtina's drawings are mental notes, diaries, but also a fragmentary philosophical essay in which she compares what she has learned through Western philosophy (Kant, Hegel, Arendt) with her war experiences. She is still trying to understand what happened.

Dance workshop
Mon, Wed, Fri, starting Wed 27.04., 10 - 11:30

Dancer and choreographer Carola von Herder from Odessa offers a month-long contemporary dance and choreographic workshop at the MuseumsQuartier. Just on the run, but now they are dancing again. Can't do without it. Cross-entry possible at any time. Everyone is welcome! Whether dancer or non-dancer! The choreographic part deals with current topics such as escape and welcome, loss and strength, horror and overcoming, but also lightness and joy, etc.

Film Screening
Freefilmers: Revitalization of Space through Sound, Body, and Memory
Compiler Masha Godovannaya
Wed 27.04., 6.30pm

Freefilmers is a collective of filmmakers and artists, originally from Mariupol, Ukraine. For the past five years, they have been working with topics of urban transformations in East Ukraine. Their goal is to make films that are close to reality and centered on human beings in their struggle for equality and freedom. One focus is on promoting independent Ukrainian film, particularly eastern Ukraine, which has been at war since 2014 and is now one of the main targets of Russia's war of aggression. The collective was displaced from its hometown and now organizes humanitarian aid for the people left behind in their destroyed and besieged hometown.