Isolarii have unveiled their brand new, seventh publication ‘IN THE FACE OF WAR’. The new issue sits alongside the exhibition, “This is Ukraine: Defending Freedom.” As part of the Venice Biennale, the exhibition was produced in partnership with the Office of the President of Ukraine and curated by isolarii subscriber Björn Geldhof. You can view images of the new issue and exhibition below.
Created by Yevgenia Belorusets, Nikita Kadan, and Lesia Khomenko, ‘IN THE FACE OF WAR’ looks to continue isolarii’s mission to “assemble the figures transforming our perception of life as we know it.” The medium is “conceived as an island,” they continue, “a point of orientation in a deteriorating world. Journeying between these islands, we make space for adventure and irrationality, while charting a shared route forward.” ‘IN THE FACE OF WAR’ follows the popular ‘THE ARCHIPELAGO CONVERSATIONS’ by Édouard Glissant and Hans Ulrich Obrist. On the blurb it was described as, “a world encapsulated, Together, these form an archipelago of the most groundbreaking cultural forces — emerging and established — across continents and disciplines.”
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Talking about this latest issue, isolarii said, “In February, when we began publishing The War Diary of Yevgenia Belorusets, the need seemed simple: tell the news out of Kyiv from a different vantage. It took the necessary form of a daily newsletter and had an immediate impact—used as a slogan for anti-war protests in Berlin; read live by Margaret Atwood; surreptitiously translated by a collective of writers on Weibo; and adapted into an episode of This American Life on NPR. This culminates with the publication of ‘IN THE FACE OF WAR’, which includes the work of Yevgenia Belorusets, Nikita Kadan, and Lesia Khomenko—all of whom answer the age-old question: what can art do in the face of war?”
Sized at 110mm x 70mm, isolarii is one of the smallest publications to land on our shelves, yet its voice speaks volumes. Art directed by Ben Ganz and edited by Sebastian Clark & India Ennega, ‘IN THE FACE OF WAR’ is a divisive read, reflecting on current events. Independent magazine retailer magCulture list on their product page for the title; “the young artists in this book continue to live and work in wartime Ukraine. They confront the daily onslaught of death and its reckoning. But, in the face of war, they still preserve its unintelligibility. It is by such means that history might walk down another path than the one its perpetrators intend.”
You can read the afterwords by Timothy Snyder, Yuval Noah Harari and Nan Goldin here. Isolarii is a bi-monthly subscription based publication, sold through their main website, however you can purchase individual issues through some superb retailers – all listed below. This issue has been in partnership with the Office of the President of Ukraine and the PinchukArtCentre.