Liverpool Cathedral: In Conversation with Katya Buchatska, the Artist Behind Izyum to Liverpool
Venue: Liverpool Cathedral
Time(s): 18:00 - 20:00
An evening with Ukrainian artist Katya Buchatska as she talks in detail about her powerful installation ‘Izyum to Liverpool’ with Elisa Nocente, Cultural Programme Manager at Liverpool Cathedral.
Izyum to Liverpool is a poignant multi-channel video installation, which depicts the one-way journey of escape that has been taken by many Ukrainians since the full-scale Russian invasion began.
In her first UK exhibition, Buchatska delivers a heart-wrenching reminder of why the Eurovision Song Contest is being held in Liverpool instead of Ukraine. Commissioned as part of the EuroFestival cultural programme, which runs from 1-14 May in the build up to the Eurovision Song Contest, Izyum to Liverpool takes visitors on a captivating journey through the current Ukrainian landscape.
Filmed in real-time on a 24 hour rail journey from Izyum in Eastern Ukraine to the border with Poland, the installation gives visitors a sense of travelling on a train carriage out of Ukraine.
Illustrating just how quickly normal life can change, Izyum to Liverpool shines a light on liberated Ukrainian cities, where buildings have been destroyed by bomb shelling and artillery fire, as well as offering views of apparently stiller Western cities. The incredibly moving artwork pays homage to the spirit and resilience of the Ukrainian people.
Izyum to Liverpool at Liverpool Cathedral runs until 19 May and is free to experience.