Art of Ukraine: 'At The Crossroads'
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About the Event
Freddie Heacock-Barber is a postgraduate alumnus of The Courtauld Institute of Art, where he specialised in Modern
British painting and sculpture.
Since 2017, a developing research interest the Soviet Union led him to study Russian and subsequently
Ukrainian languages. After his last lecture series for Art Historical London on Soviet Realism Vs British
Realism, he travelled to Ukraine in January and February 2022 and now returns to present a three-part
survey course on 'The Art of Ukraine':
Monday 27/2/23: 'At The Crossroads'
At the intersection of the Byzantine Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and
the Soviet Union, to name just a few, the country that we now call Ukraine has been subject to an
astoundingly diverse range of visual influences since Kyiv was founded in 482AD. In this first lecture we
will identify the religious, cultural and geographical peculiarities of Ukraine that would set the scene for
the unique artistic expressions that would develop alongside the unshakable identity of the people we
have become so familiar with over the last year.
Monday 6/2/23: 'The Art of a Nation'
This lecture will consider how internationally popularised styles of art in the late
19th and 20th Centuries were used to define the characteristics of a Nation. We will be examining artists
who worked within the geographical boundaries and political framework of the Soviet Union but whose
art undeniably reflects the cultural traditions and aspirations of Ukraine as a state in and of itself.
Monday 13/2/23: 'The Art of Resistance'
In the final lecture of this series we will be examining contemporary artists and
their responses to the second Russian invasion on the 24th February 2022. In addition to the
conventional mediums of art, we will be examining the role of digital art and mass media as artistic tool
in the fight against tyranny and oppression.
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