Hromadske Studio Occupied By Artists
18 June, 2015

What You Need To Know:

✓ Hromadske's studio was occupied by an international group of artists known as Izolatsia, as part of their project #onvacation;
✓ #onvacation also occupied the Russian pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2015 in an attempt to highlight the manner in which Russia annexed Crimea;
✓ They are part of the art center Izolatsia which was forced to flee war-torn Donetsk.

The Hromadske studio was ‘occupied’ by an international group of artists known as Izolatsia, as part of their project #onvacation. Izolatsia is an art center which until the war, was based in Donetsk. It was then forced to relocate when the pro-Russian separatists seized the building.

The group previously staged a ‘vacation’ intervention at the Venice Biennale. The artists roamed Biennale’s halls, handing out camouflage parkas that with #onvacation insignia on their back. Visitors were urged to wear the parkas and take a selfies in national pavilions of countries that are occupying other countries. Participants could upload their pictures to Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win a trip to Balaklava, a naval city on the Black Sea coast of Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine last year. “This military uniform doesn’t belong to anyone,” Alesya Bolot, Izolyatsia PR manager at #onvacation, told Hromadske.

“The idea of the project was that everyone could join in, and everyone could have the chance to win a final prize – which is a trip to Balaklava [Crimea]. We invited everyone to take a jacket and go to the occupying pavilion of their choice and I can tell you a lot of people choose Russia,” said Tetyana Filevska, project manager at #onvacation.

Hromadske International's Nataliya Gumenyuk and Ian Bateson spoke with #onvacation on June 14, 2015.