June 5, 2022

Special: Cultural Wars of the Invasion | Oleksandra Korotchuk

Special: Cultural Wars of the Invasion | Oleksandra Korotchuk

Oleksandra and Jason met while in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia and have since collaborated on a number of occasions.


What would it take to finally gain cultural and political independence from Russia? How is the cultural landscape changing amidst this relentless conflict? After many false promises of a no invasion stance from President Putin, Russia crossed the border into Ukraine under the guise of a special military operation on February 24, 2022. Almost three months on, that so-called operation continues to wage on in the form of a full scale war. But even after incessant shelling, killing and unspeakable atrocities, Ukraine perseveres.

Amongst those who chose to stay is Oleksandra Korotchuk, a Ukrainian artist and recent Master’s graduate of the Academy of Fine arts in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. Her professional experience have included working as a film director, director of photography, photographer and video editor for the likes of Alliance Francaise and the Puppet Theatre in Banska Bystrica. 

What is it like to be an artist based there now? What is in store for Ukrainian artists heading into the future? What’s next in this evidently cultural war? Throughout this special episode, we explore the five biggest lessons learnt as a Ukrainian artist, told from the experiences of Oleksandra herself. Ready to dive deep into the cauldron of topical fire? Join us as we foreground dance and arts in the background!

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Oleksandra Korotchuk

Film director / Director of Photography / Video Editor

Oleksandra is a Ukrainian artist and recent graduate of the Academy of Fine arts in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. Her professional experience have included working as a film director, director of photography, photographer and video editor for the likes of Alliance Francaise and the Puppet Theatre in Banska Bystrica.