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Sisters in Wiesbaden

20 - 26.04. 2021


Sisters by Valentina Petrova and Anna Shcerbyna, made within the project Armed and Dangerous, is going to be shown in the short-film competition of the 21-st Festival of Central and Eastern European Film - Go-East in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Armed and Dangerous in Winterthur

3 - 6.11. 2020


Three episodes from Armed and Dangerous: Episode 1, Episode 2 by Mykola Ridnyi and "Sisters" by Valentina Petrova and Anna Shcerbyna, are going to be shown in the program Focus Ukraine: Underground Resistances of the 24-th International Kurzfilmtage Winterthur in Switzerland.

Junge Akademie Space

September, 4


Selected episodes from the series are available on a digital platform of the Junge Akademie - Akademie der Kunste, international artist-in-residency program. Selection of video is accompanied with the text by Mykola Ridnyi.

Camouflage. Pedagogy of Xenophilia

April, 14


New essay "Camouflage. Pedagogy of Xenophilia" by Oleksiy Kuchanskiy analyzing the project "Armed and Dangerous" was recently published in the online magazine Transistory White. Text is available in Ukrainian:

Armed with a Perspective

March, 31, 

The new issue of the Polish online magazine Obieg is dedicated to Ukraine - "Euphoria and Fatigue: Ukrainian Art and Society after 2014".

It is curated by Tetiana Kochybynska and Kateryna Iakovlenko who describe the issue in the introduction text:

The issue including an essay by Mykola Ridnyi "Armed with a Perspective: The Author's view on "Armed and Dangerous":

The publication accompanied with the video by Mykola Ridnyi, Elias Parvulesko and Fantastic Little Splash.

Goodbye, Mirror!

March, 4


New essay "Goodbye, Mirror!" by Kateryna Mishenko was recently published in the online magazine Support Your Art. Her text is available in Ukrainian:

Armed and dangerous in Zagreb

December 4, 19:00 

Kreativni sindikat invites to presentation of the project "Armed and Dangerous" and artist talk of Mykola Ridnyi.

Event will be hold as a part of the Videoforum program and will be hosted by the Gallery Nova.

Screening includes 6 episodes from the project:

Ceremonial Send-Off to the Army (Oleksiy Radynskyi)

Games in a Deoccupied City (Piotr Armianovsky)

Untitled (Elias Parvulesko)

Untitled (Mykola Ridnyi)

Fabulous Squirt (Oksana Kazmina)

A Year Later (Stanislav Bytiutskyi)

Gallery Nova, Nikola Tesla str. 7, Zagreb


Armed and Dangerous in Lviv

October 31, 19:00

Feminist Workshop and Museum Territory of Terror invites to the screening and discussion of the project

"Armed and Dangerous". 

With participation of Mykola Ridnyi, Valentyna Petrova, Anna Sherbyna

Moderator: Vita Shnyder. 

Poster design: Yulia Rezakova

Memorial Museum of Totalitarian Regimes - Territory of Terror, 

Vyacheslava Chernovola str. 45, Lviv

Armed and Dangerous in Warsaw

September 12, 20:00

The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw invites the public to the Museum on the Vistula River for a film program, which will be presented by the artist Mykola Ridnyi.

The screening is part of the public program of the “Never Again. Art against War and Fascism in the 20th and 21st centuries” exhibition.

More about the exhibition:

The program includes movies:
"Armed and Dangerous", 2017– 2018, video series, episodes 1– 4,
"NO! NO! NO!", 2017, short film.

Conducted by: Szymon Maliborski

Museum on the Vistula River, Wybrzeze Kosciuszkowskie str. 22, Warsaw

Armed and Dangerous in Cherkasy

August 16, 16:00

KinoShot Film Festival and Cherkasy Art Museum invites 

to the screening of selected episodes from video series "Armed and Dangerous".

Screening will be accompanied with panel discussion with a topic of "Propaganda and Art"

Participants of the discussion: 

Elias Parvulesko - film director, artist

Stanislav Menzekevskyi - film director, researcher 

Oleksandr Gusev - film critic  

Olena Korkodym - film journalist 

Anna Anyfrienko - film director, researcher

Mykola Ridnyi - film direcor, artist (on skype)

Cherkasy Art Museum, Khrechatyk str. 259, Cherkasy

Armed and Dangerous in Mariupol

June 16, 18:00.

Platform TU invites to the screening of the video series "Armed and Dangerous".

Program includes following films:

Ceremonial Send-off to the Army (dir: Oleksiy Radynsky)
Games in Deoccupied City (dir: Piotr Armianovski)
Structures of Care (Pavlo Khailo)
Armed and Happy (Fantastic Little Splash)
Untitled (Sashko Protyah)
Untitled (Mykola Ridnyi)
Fabulous Squirt (Oksana Kazmina)
A Story About the Old Fat Girl. Notes on the Cruel and Evil Bull (Alina Kleytman)
Sisters (Anna Sherbina and Valentina Petrova)
Happy New Year! (Philip Sotnychenko)
A Year Later (Stanislav Bytiutskyi)
Untitled (Elias Parvulesco)

Screening will be accompanied with Q&A sessions with film directors.

Platform TU, Mitropolitska str. 19, Mariupol

Armed and Dangerous on 48-th Molodist Kyiv International Film festival

May 29 and June 2

"Armed and Dangerous" are going to be presented in non-competition program of the 48-th Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival.

Screenings include following films:

"Ceremonial Send-off to army" (Oleksiy Radynskyi)
Games in Deoccupied City (Piotr Armianovski)
Untitled (Mykola Ridnyi)
Fabulous Squirt (Oksana Kazmina)
Sisters (Anna Sherbina and Valentina Petrova)
Happy New Year! (Philip Sotnychenko)
A Year Later (Stanislav Bytiutskyi)
Untitled (Elias Parvulesco)
Screening will be accompanied with Q&A sessions with film directors.
Culture center "Cinema Kyiv", Velyka Vasylkivska str. 19

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Armed and Dangerous in Kharkiv

April 5 at 7:00 pm, YermilovCentre invites to the opening of the video-series exhibition «Armed and dangerous».

The project analyzes the fragile situation of Ukrainian society, which is undergoing external interference in the East and the activity of right-radical movements within the country.


Piotr Armyanovskyi, Stanislav Bytyutskyi, Elias Parvulesko, Oksana Kazmina, Alina Kleitman, Valentyna Petrova, Sasha Protyah, Oleksiy Radinskyi, Daniil Revkovskyi, Pavel Haylo, Mykola Ridnyi, Philip Sotnichenko, Anna Scherbyna, Fantastic Little Splash.

Curator: Mykola Ridnyi

The exhibition continues till May, 4

Address: Yermilov Centre, Svobody square 4, (main building of the V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University), Kharkiv


On March 14, at 7PM, as part of the Armed and Dangerous project, there will be special screenings of works by artists Anna Scherbina and Valentina Petrova as part of the video-series exhibition Armed and Dangerous.

In the new series, the sisters of the Sisterhood of St. Mary of Egypt are armed and dangerous, fighting for unequal rights and painting their nails. In a world full of hardships, temptations and distortions, they have to stand up to a duel with deviant marginals, or to lose painfully, filling up a colony of human garbage. Will these beautiful and brave women be able to save traditional family values ​​from the threats of the outside world?  Everything will become clear after watching the new series of Armed and Dangerous.


Anna Shcherbina is an artist. Works with various media: from painting to video and audio installations; a co-founder and member of ЙОД groups (2013-2015) and the Team of Specific Dates (2015-2017). She has participated in exhibitions: A Space of One’s Own,, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv (2018), Textus, Center of Visual Culture, Kyiv (2017), etc.

Valentyna Petrova is an artist and a feminist. The artist works with such topics as overcoming the patriarchal representation of the female body and the search for new ways of representing it. Also, the artist works with themes of poverty, work and violence.

March 14 (Thursday), 7 PM

IZONE Creative Community; the 4th floor, Studio 2

8 Naberezhno-Luhova St. (Kyiv, Ukraine)

Entry is free

Causes of Militarization: How does the War Appear in the Mind of Ukrainians?

On March 1, at 7PM, as part of the Armed and Dangerous project, the lecture Kateryna Yakovlenko will be an event by main media partner, media-platform Zaborona.

It is already the fifth year of the war in eastern Ukraine. During this time, many have noticed that outside the military zone, in ‘peaceful cities’, the war is not visible. But the longer the war continues, the more it is visible in discourse, changes in rhetoric, culture, appearance. During this discussion, the participants will consider how the war penetrates private life and what this leads to.


Katerina Sergatskova is a journalist, editor-in-chief of the media project Zaborona.


Vyacheslav Likhachev, the researcher of far-right movements;

Pavel Khailo, the artist problematizing the military education;

Natalia Topchiy, the chief of the department of national-patriotic education and cultural, educational programmes of the Kyiv Oblast Youth Center (Kyiv Oblast Council).

March 1 (Friday), 7 PM

Creative Community IZONE; the 4th floor, Studio 2

8 Naberezhno-Luhova St. (Kyiv, Ukraine)

Entry is free; but, please, fill in the form

The Glitch Effect: the Art of the 1990s, Television and Video Art

On February 21, at 7PM, as part of the Armed and Dangerous project, the lecture Kateryna Yakovlenko will talk about the video experiments of Ukrainian artists and analyze some of the works. There will be a screening.

In the early 1990s, Ukrainian artists got their hands on video cameras, and they began to experiment with the genre. The Ukrainian artists were fascinated by the idea of ​​working on the edge of visual art and cinema. In the early years of the decade, works were created that appealed to visual culture, the aesthetics of television and world cinema, as well as issues of documentation, truth and lies. One of the most striking examples of that time was Vasyl Tsagolov, who conceptualised his work as Solid Television.

Kateryna Yakovlenko is a member of the PinchukArtCentre Research Platform, a publicist, co-author of the PARCOMMUNE book. She contributes to the publications and Bird in Flight.

February 21 (Thursday), 7 PM

Creative Community IZONE; the 2nd floor

8 Naberezhno-Luhova St. (Kyiv, Ukraine)

Entry is free

Witnesses of the Apocalypse. Discussion on Ultra-Right Violence against Cultural and Educational Events

On February 17, at 4PM, as part of the Armed and Dangerous project, there will be a public discussion where each participant will recall their own experiences and memories of encountering far right violence, will try to analyse the general situation.

The name of the discussion firstly refers to the Witnesses of the End column in the online publishing Update, in which the researcher of extreme right movements, Anna Hrytsenko, collects news about the activities of the Ukrainian radicals. Secondly, the name refers to the personal experiences of everyone who will participate in the discussion. They have been direct witnesses to the violent actions of the Ukrainian far-right representatives in relation to the certain artistic projects and some artistic objects.


Lilia Omelyanenko is a co-founder of publishing house Vydavnytstvo;

Oleksandr Sosnovskyy is a manager of Platform Tu;

Valeria Zubatenko is a member of the gender discussion club at Kiev's Dragomanov University and the co-curator of exhibition Disciplinary Acts;

Yustyna Kravchuk is a member of the Visual Culture Research Center, researcher;

Olena Shevchenko is a human rights defender and educator whose focuses are  LGBTQI+ rights and women's rights; a co-founder and head of an Insight LGBTQ NGO.


Hanna Tsyba, a researcher, Contemporary Arts and Culture Studies, curator.

February 17 (Sunday); 4 PM

Everyone will receive the information about the place of the event after filling in the registration form

Entry is free

Right-Wing Radicals Disrupt Lecture About Radical Movements

On February 7th, as part of the video-series exhibition Armed and Dangerous, the second public event of the parallel programme took place at IZONE Creative Community  in Kyiv, Ukraine. The exhibition and the programme is organised by the IZOLYATSIA Foundation. According to the creator and curator of the video-series, Mykola Ridnyi, the project is aimed at problematising the militarization of  Ukrainian society and the prevailing ideology of violence in contemporary Ukraine. The lecture by Anna Hrytsenko was on the problem of the participation of young people in far-right movements.

The lecture was given by sociologist Anna Hrytsenko, a researcher of far-right movements, who was going to discuss the facts and causes of the growth in popularity of radical right-wing movements amongst Ukrainian youth. A group of young men, about 20 people,  among whom was Aleksey “Stalker” Svinarenko from National Resistance and the radical organisation C14 (Sich), appeared at the event and tried to disrupt the lecture. Despite the presence of the police, young people painted chairs with a swastika, switched off the lights at the power box several times, and disrupted the lecturer throughout the entire event.

Representatives of radical right-wing organisations also filed a criminal charge against Anna Hrytsenko according to Article 161 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine: "Violation of citizen equality on the grounds of race, nationality, religious beliefs, disability and other."

Unfortunately, attacks by right-wing representatives on cultural events, artists and activists are becoming more frequent in Ukraine. In 2009, after the debate Promoting Homosexuality or Promoting Tolerance?, the Kyiv art gallery YaGallery was set on fire. In 2017, the pogrom of the exhibition by David Chichkan at VCRC Missed Opportunity. A month ago, C14 representatives got involved in the case of student Spartak Khachanov at NAOMA for his anti-militarist work.

IZOLYATSIA is an institution in exile, forced to move from Donetsk to Kyiv because of the war in eastern Ukraine. According to its mission, IZOLYATSIA considers it necessary and relevant to create, through art,  a discourse surrounding and critical reflection on the phenomenon of the militarisation of Ukrainian society and the radicalisation of right movements.

Comments by lecture attendees:

Mykola Ridnyi, artist, curator and author of the Armed and Dangerous video-series project:

"About 30 representatives of conservative organisations came to the lecture by Anna Hrytsenko regarding the participation of young people in right-wing movements. Some of them were members of the radical organisation National Resistance. The police let them in saying: “Please, behave yourself!” As soon as the lecture began, the ultra-rights began shouting down the lecturer and disrupting the planned meeting. They blew up the microphone and video screen blocking access to the power box. During the event, the right-wing representatives insulted and threatened the lecturer and other people who held  LGBTQ+ and left positions. Their shouting interfered with another lecture about the architecture of the local Podil district in the auditorium next door. In an atmosphere of psychological pressure, most of the audience left the event before it finished. When the ultra-rights had left, there were numerous swastikas graffitied around IZONE. "

Bogdan Altinnik, activist:

"From the very beginning, about 40 representatives of the right-wing came to the lecture; there were twice as many of them as there were listeners themselves. The police could not do anything since the right-wing representatives did not take violent action. However, their appearance frightened by the majority of those present, they also verbally mocked the lecturer, led a manipulative "dialogue," and in the end, even threatened the left and LGBTQ+ activists. So the lecture was disrupted."

Demyan Romanovich, visitor:

"Even on the way to the event, I noticed a large group of people with ultra-right symbols gathering at the nearest metro station. I told the police officers who were at the entrance to IZONE about that. They, as it turned out, did not know at all that the event was scheduled for this evening, reacted aggressively but assured that they would "cover us". Nevertheless, shortly after the beginning of the lecture, the same group of about 25-30 ultra-right people appeared at the auditorium, began provoking the lecturer and visitors, behaved rudely and tried to prevent the event from happening. At the same time, they did not resort to physical violence. Among them, I recognised members of the neo-Nazi organisation National Resistance. In addition to this, I noticed representatives of the political party Svoboda, Ruslana Andreyka and Yuri Noevy, in the corridor. The police looked confused and did not know how to react to what was happening. "

The Participation of Young People in Far-Right Movements

On February 7, at 7PM, as part of the Armed and Dangerous project, Anna Hrytsenko will talk about extreme right movements in Ukraine.

During the lecture, Anna Hrytsenko, a researcher on far right movements, will outline the process of mobilizing young people in extreme right movements, something which has been observed in Ukraine in recent years. Can we talk about a new political mood? How do teenagers get involved in hate crimes? What are the unique benefits offered to them?

Anna Hrytsenko is a researcher of extreme right movements; graduated from the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, the Faculty of Sociology. Research interests are right radicalism and gender studies. Co-author of the publication Gender, Religion and Nationalism in Ukraine.

February 7 (Thursday); 7 PM

Creative Community IZONE; the 4th floor, Studio 1

8 Naberezhno-Luhova St. (Kyiv, Ukraine)

Entry is free

Armed and Dangerous: Behind the Scenes

On February 1, at 7PM, as part of the Armed and Dangerous project, artists and authors of series will discuss the video-series project.

During the event, there will be a discussion with the participants of the project Armed and Dangerous. Artists will tell more about their own works, about the course of events during the filming and will talk generally about the problem of the growth of right-radical views in modern Ukrainian society.

Participants of the discussion:

Piotr Armianovski is a performer and director. He studied under Yevhen Chystoklietov, Marina Abramović, Janusz Bałdyga. He is a winner of DocudaysUA Film Festival and Open Night in Kyiv, MyStreetFilms in Slavutych; a participant in the exhibitions Ukraine: Learning from a Good Neighbour 1918-2018,  Passenger in TonHalle, Munich (2018), Permanent Revolution, Museum Ludwig , Budapest (2018), Olympics-1984 in Donetsk, Visual Culture Research Center, Kyiv (2016), and others.

Elias Parvulesco is a film director and researcher. He is the creator of the films dendro dreams (2018; together with Teta Tsybulnyk), ATOMOPOLIS. Assembling Utopia (2016; together with Stanislav Menzelevskyi and Anna Onufrienko), The Pink Map (2016), and others. His works were shown at the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, the Kyiv International Film Festival Molodist, the Gray Cube Exhibitions, the Visual Culture Research Center, Kyiv (2018) and Today We will not Meet, Closer, Kyiv (2015), and others.

Oksana Kazmina is a director of documentary films and an artist. Together with artist Anatoly Belov, she founded a project about physicality, Body Practices. Together with artist AntiGonna, she has founded collective OKCAHAS. The collective’s work considers  female physicality and sexuality. With their film Zarosli, the collective participated in the Pornfilmfestival Berlin, the Queer Woche Festival in Leipzig, the Tel Aviv Queer Film Festival and the Antwerp Queer Festival. Oksana Kazmina participated in the exhibitions A Space of One’s Own, PinchukArtCenter (2018), Kyiv International - Kyiv Biennial Kyiv School (2015), Odessa Biennale (2017), and others.

Alina Kleitman is an artist working with video, installation and sculpture. She participated in the exhibitions A Space of One’s Own, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv (2018), Permanent Revolution, Ludwig Museum, Budapest (2018), Riga Photo Biennale (2018).

Oleksiy Radynsky is a documentary director and publicist. He is a member of the Visual Culture Research Center. His films were presented at the festivals in Oberhausen, DOK Leipzig, the Odessa International Film Festival, 86, Docudays, etc., and were featured at the Institute of Contemporary Art (London), e-flux (New York), and S A V V Y Contemporary (Berlin).

Daniil Revkovskiy is an artist working with sociological research objects. The artist creates projects structuring and rethinking materials seen in and collected from urban space, archives and social networks. He created a number of projects in co-authorship with Andriy Rachinskiy. In 2018, they were nominated for the PinchukArtCentre Prize. Together with Rachinskiy, Daniil Revkovskiy’s works were shown in the solo exhibitions Soot, Gallery Artsvit, Dnipro (2018), War of Inscriptions, Small Gallery of Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv (2016) and others.

Mykola Ridnyi is an artist and film director. In 2005, he became a co-founder of the SOSka group. He acted as a curator of a number of international projects in Ukraine, such as After the Victory (YermilovCenter, Kharkiv, 2014), New History (SOSka group, Kharkiv Art Museum, 2009) and others. Since 2017, he was a co-editor of the online magazine on arts, culture, and society, Prostory. His works were exhibited at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Warsaw, the V-A-C foundation in Moscow, and others. His films were shown at Transmediale, Berlin (2019), Kasseler Dokfest (2018), DocudaysUA, Kyiv (2016) and others.

Anna Sherbina is an artist and craft-woman. She works with different media, including painting, video, and audio installations. Anna Sherbina is a co-founder and member of the ЙОД Group (2013-2015) and of the Specific Dates Collective (2015-2017). The artist lives and works in Kyiv. She participated in the exhibitions A Space of One’s Own, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv (2018), Textus, Visual Culture Cente, Kyiv (2017) and others.


Kateryna Filyuk is a co-curator of the Armed and Dangerous exhibition.

February 1 (Friday); 7 PM

Creative Community IZONE; the 2nd floor

8 Naberezhno-Luhova St. (Kyiv, Ukraine)

Entry is free

Armed and Dangerous Video-Series Exhibition Opening

On January 31, at 7 PM, IZOLYATSIA invites to the opening of the video-series project Armed & Dangerous curated by Kateryna Filyuk and Mykola Ridnyi. The project reflects on the ambiguous state of Ukrainian society undergoing an external intervention and internal disruptive movements.

Armed and Dangerous is a project-platform that brings together a group of artists and film directors working on the intersection of contemporary art and experimental cinema. Artist Mykola Ridnyi proposed that the project take the form of a video series devoted to the militarisation of society and, in particular, the attitude of youth to violence and weapons. The staged and documentary scenes were shot during parties, walks, and everyday situations around the city, which the author and his friends encountered. These scenes form the basis of the first episodes in the series. The images attempt to reflect the fragile condition of Ukrainian society, which is undergoing external military intervention in the East whilst also experiencing internal disruptions caused by ultra-right movements. The subject seeking an emancipated society in an aggressively conservative environment is reflected in the interrelation of everyday life, the Internet and cinema.

Exhibition Details:


Piotr Armianovski, Stanislav Bytiutskyi, Elias Parvulesco, Oksana Kazmina, Alina Kleitman, Valentyna Petrova, Sashko Protyah, Oleksiy Radynsky, Daniil Revkovskiy, Mykola Ridnyi, Philip Sotnychenko, Anna Sherbina, Fantastic Little Splash.

Curators: Kateryna Filyuk and Mykola Ridnyi

Date: January 31, at 7 PM

Address:  IZONE Creative Community; 8 Naberezhno-Luhova St.; Floor 2

New episodes of the project in Bursa gallery, Kyiv

September 26, 20:00

Bursa gallery invites to a screening of the series "Armed and Dangerous"

The program includes first episodes filmed by Mykola Ridnyi as well as new films by Oksana Kazmina and Piotr Armianovskyi. The screening will be accompanied with a Q&A session with the authors.  

Bursa gallery, Kostyantynivska str. 11-b, Kyiv

Armed and Dangerous in Odessa

August 6, 21:00 

Green Theatre of Odessa invites to free film screening. 

The program includes two films of Mykola Ridnyi and Q&A session with the director. 

"Armed and Dangerous", episodes 1 - 3 (2017 - 2018), 

"NO! NO! NO!" (2017) 

Green Theatre, Taras Shevchenko Central Park, Odessa