Vasyl Cherepanyn (*Ukraine, 1980) is Head of the Visual Culture Research Center (VCRC), an institution he cofounded in Kyiv in 2008 as a platform for collaboration among academic, artistic, and activist communities. He holds a PhD in philosophy (aesthetics) and has lectured at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), University of Helsinki, Free University of Berlin, Merz Akademie in Stuttgart, University of Vienna, Institute for Advanced Studies of the Political Critique in Warsaw, and University of Greifswald.
He was a visiting fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna in 2016. He coedited Guidebook of the Kyiv International (Medusa Books, 2018) and ’68 NOW (Archive Books, 2019), and curated The European International (Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, 2018), Hybrid Peace (Stroom, The Hague, 2019), and Armed Democracy (2nd edition of Biennale Warszawa, 2022), among others. VCRC is the organizer of the Kyiv Biennial (The School of Kyiv, 2015; The Kyiv International, 2017; The Kyiv International—’68 NOW, 2018; Black Cloud, 2019; Allied, 2021) and a founding member of the East Europe Biennial Alliance. VCRC received the European Cultural Foundation Princess Margriet Award for Culture in 2015 and the Igor Zabel Award Grant for Culture and Theory in 2018.
While receiving the Humboldt Forum fellowship, Vasyl Cherepanyn was able to work on topics such as decolonization in Eastern Europe in Ukrainian and post-Soviet dimensions and memory politics and memory culture in Eastern Europe and Ukraine after the collapse of the USSR in light of decolonization processes.
Furthermore, he is interested in working with the archives, collections, and exhibition materials of the Humboldt Forum and its actors, reviewing its planned programs, recommending possible topics, and expanding thematic areas in the field of decolonization and the politics of memory for the future. His goal is to develop a discourse/exhibition project on anti-colonialism, war, and memory in post-Soviet Eastern Europe with the aim of public institutional representation of the relevant issues.