Svitlana Biedarieva is an art historian and curator with a focus on Eastern European and Latin American art. She holds a PhD in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. In 2019–20, she curated the exhibition At the Front Line. Ukrainian Art, 2013–2019 in Mexico and Canada. She is editor of Contemporary Ukrainian and Baltic Art: Political and Social Perspectives, 1991–2021 (Stuttgart: ibidem Press, 2021) and co-editor (with Hanna Deikun) of At the Front Line. Ukrainian Art, 2013–2019 (Mexico City: Editorial 17, 2020). Biedarieva has published her texts on Ukrainian art in such academic and media outlets as October, ARTMargins Online, Critique d’art, Financial Times, and the Art Newspaper, among others.
In this text focused on how postcolonial and decolonial processes are reflected in contemporary Ukrainian culture, art historian Svitlana Biedarieva examines methods of decolonizing Ukrainian cultural discourse through the lens of works by contemporary Ukrainian artists—specifically those addressing complex aspects of identity conflicts actualized by Russia’s ongoing war of aggression against Ukraine.