To Watch the War: The Moving Image Amidst the Invasion of Ukraine (2014–2023) Guidebook English, is the guidebook to the moving image forum To Watch the War: The Moving Image Amidst the Invasion of Ukraine (2014–2023), exhibited at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht 9 September–29 October 2023. This moving image forum is conceptualized by Olexii Kuchanskyi and Oleksiy Radynski and features films and videos by Roman Himey & Yarema Malashchuk, Lisa Hoffmann, Yuriy Hrytsyna, Dana Kavelina, Oksana Kazmina, Myro Klochko & Anatoliy Tatarenko, Zoya Laktionova & Tetiana Kornieieva, Vasyl (Tkachenko) Lyakh, Sashko Protyah, Andriy Rachinsky & Daniil Revkovsky, Mykola Ridnyi, ruїns collective, Anna Scherbyna & Valentyna Petrova, Mariya Stoyanova, and Oleksandr Surovtsov.
To Watch the War: The Moving Image Amidst the Invasion of Ukraine (2014–2023) is at once an exhibition and a research-archive of 19 experimental moving image works made by artists and filmmakers in response to the Russian war on Ukraine since 2014. Appealing to grassroots imaginary tactics, these works grapple on very different scales, bodily apprehensions, and material entanglements of what it is to make images in wartime, as well as what the labor of watching the war could be, in contrast to the all-consuming spectacularization of war.
The exhibition and public program To Watch the War: The Moving Image Amidst the Invasion of Ukraine (2014–2023) is convened by Olexii Kuchanskyi in dialogue with Oleksiy Radynski and the BAK team as a reconfigured and updated iteration of a project shown in 2022 at Coalmine – Raum für Fotografie, Winterhur.
Maria Hlavajova, Olexii Kuchanskyi, Wietske Maas, and Oleksiy Radynski
English language editing:
Sean van den Steenhoven