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27 October 2017  -  27 October 2017

Displacement and Art in the Age of Hostility


Hatton Gallery, King’s Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1

15.00 – 17.00

Presented as part of the Platforma Festival 2017, in association with Hatton Gallery. To reserve a FREE place email

The past few years have seen an unprecedented rise in war and natural disaster accompanied buy a worldwide surge in far right politics. This has resulted in an estimated 21 million forced migrants worldwide. How can we respond to this as artists and scholars? This session aims to highlight the links between displacement and art and discuss the challenges of creating work about an on-going crisis.

The filmmaker Marusya Bociurkiw and the performance practitioner Elena Marchevska will discuss their most recent projects and will engage in a discussion with the audience about the ethical implications of creating work about displacement and migration. The session will start with a screening of an excerpt of the movie: This Is Gay Propaganda: LGBT Rights and the War in Ukraine, the most recent documentary by Marusya Bociurkiw . This will be followed by a short presentation of The Study Room guide on The Displaced and Privilege, project that Elena Marchevska developed this year in collaboration with Live Art Development Agency and Counterpoints Arts.

Marusya Bociurkiw is associate professor of media theory and co-director of The Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought , which promotes research-creation  and graduate study in the areas of media studies, critical theory, Aboriginal, feminist, and queer studies, and media activism. She holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia, an Social and Political Thought from York University, and a B.F.A from NSCAD University. longtime media activist, she founded Emma Productions, a feminist media collective in the 1980’s and is currently engaged in documenting that history. She is the writer/director of nine films and videos, including “Unspoken Territory”, a history of racial profiling in Canada, and  “What’s the Ukrainian Word For Sex: A Sexual Journey through Eastern Europe.”

Elena Marchevska is a performance artist and researcher. She studied directing, performance, new media and feminism, and is currently teaching Performance Studies at London South Bank University. Her artistic work explores borders and stories that emerge from living in transition. She is interested in creating and researching work that provides means by which people can meet, human to human, in all their differences, in the most sensitive and sincere way possible. Much of her work is created through collaboration and sharing of stories and lived experiences. She has been involved in many international collaborations over the last ten years that explore issues of exile, war and post-conflict resolutions, including collaborations with CIE Kumulus and Nomad Dance Institute.