Cultural and Civic Activism: New Media and Civil Society Sector in Belarus

Zachęta / cinema room (entrance from Burschego street)
free entry

Cultural and Civic Activism: New Media and Civil Society Sector in Belarus

Tatsiana Chulitskaya and Iryna Vidanova, meeting with the participation of the Initiative wolna Białoruś — Łukasz Grajewski

Tatsiana Chulitskaya — lecturer in Political Science at the European Humanities University, with special research interest in the activities of NGOs in Belarus and post-Soviet transformations. Author for the Belarusian language magazine Arche with international experience as coordinator of student activities and as a radio and print journalist.

Iryna Vidanova — editor of the Internet cultural magazine 34.mag (, aimed at promoting creativity, dissent, and democratic values in Belarusian young adults. This magazine is a follow up to the previously banned Studentskaya Dumka, and Irina’s ingenuity and fortitude in this field have won her international recognition, such as being named one of the world’s top dissidents by Foreign Policy magazine.

Łukasz Grajewski — a graduate of East European Studies at Warsaw University. Sociologist and NGO activist, active in the Association Initiative Free Belarus and the Common Europe Foundation. Editor of — portal on the Eastern Partnership.

multimedia room
entrance from Burschego Street
free entrance

event accompanying the exhibition
  • 24.05 – 21.08.2011
    Opening the Door?
    Belarusian Art Today

    This exhibition attempts to provide Belarusians with a possibility to look at their art from the outsider’s perspective, without common taboos. Most of the works in the project, in one or another way, reflect upon Belarusian society and its concerns today, but only a few dare to openly express things that ‘we don’t talk about’. Potentially the project can open new channels of communication for Belarus’ comparatively isolated and internationally unknown art scene. In other words, the successful realization of it can leave the door slightly ajar.

    Zachęta National Gallery of ArtZachęta
Upcoming events
  • 01.04 (Sat) 18:00
    Finissage of the exhibition (In Polish)
    Monika Chlebek. Close up
    Zachęta Project RoomZPR
  • 02.04 (Sun) 12:15
    Spring Never Comes Again… CHILDREN & ART IN THE 20TH & 21ST CENTURIES
    (guided tour in Polish)
    Zachęta – National Gallery of ArtZachęta
  • 02.04 (Sun) 13:15
    Sunday guided tours
    (in Polish)
    Zachęta – National Gallery of ArtZachęta
  • 06.04 (Thu) 18:30
    Stasys Eidrigevičius !Reactions
    (in Polish)
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