16h00 — 21h30: Open atelier and ongoing artistic showcase.
18h30 — 20h00: Two-course dinner.
20h00 — 21h30: Documentary screening, followed by Q&A.
Theatre therapy for female prisoners on the outskirts of Minsk, stories of a vacated Red Light District brothel, photographic footage of Tashkent’s revolutionary youth, cold (Bela)Ru(s)sian Summer soup, popular mythologies of HIV/AIDS in a post-Soviet world, medicines vs poison, ChemSex and ‘slamming’ subcultures of Amsterdam, queer visibility in contemporary Uzbekistan and a delightful, not-so-contemporary rice dish straight out of the ancient Silk Route.
These are just some of the ingredients of PLOV #1, the first edition of a series of cultural evenings combining mixed visual arts, culinary experiences and cinematographic impressions of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. The programme is brought to you by AFEW International Culture Initiative, in collaboration with IDFA and Studio/K.
Four visual artists-in-residence will showcase their ongoing artistic projects:
— Hanna Zubkova (Minsk/Paris).
— Hassan Kurbanbaev (Tashkent).
— Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov (Moscow).
— Lado Darakhvelidze (Kutaisi/Arnhem) .
— [starter] Okroshka beetroot and kefir soup.
— [main] Plov (Pilaf) dish.
[We also offer a vegetarian menu]
One documentary — IDFA’s official selection “Debut” by Anastasiya Miroshnichenko (Belarus, 2017).
Over 1,500 women are detained in a Belarus prison for first-time offenders. Eleven of them have volunteered to take part in a theater play. Their reasons vary: some see it as a small break from the tedium of prison life, some regard it as therapy, and others approach it as a practice run for when they return to society. The rehearsals serve as the leitmotif for this balanced portrait that subtly frees these women from the stigma of being criminals.
[Russian language, English subtitles]
— Open atelier/showcase space is free of charge.
— Ticket €20,00 for dinner + documentary.
— Ticket €15,00 for dinner only.
— Ticket €9,50 for documentary only.
For reservations, please call 020 692 0422 (Studio /K).
The AFEW Culture Initiative was established in 2017 as a cultural and artistic ramification of AFEW International. AFEW is uniquely positioned in Eastern Europe and Central Asia with an expertise on health services and rights for key populations with HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and tuberculose. Eastern European and Central Asia (EECA) is the only region in the world where we currently see a growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in terms of new diagnoses.
The AFEW Culture Initiative offers an innovative alternative to intertwine the worlds of public health, culture and visual arts as a means to stimulate a much-needed dialogue on challenges such as HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis or Viral Hepatitis, as well as their impact on the lives of sex workers, substance users, imprisoned persons or LGBQTI, among others.