The feminist geopolitics of Donbas: the role of art in challenging bordering

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Ukrainian art provides unique examples of challenging bordering policies in the geopolitical context of the war in Donbas. Employing critical borders studies and the perspective of feminist geopolitics, this paper looks at borders beyond territories, including discursive landscapes of power and intersectionality. It focuses on the role of art in post-Maidan Ukraine as a response to political violence and bordering, and the relations between art and bordering work in non-government-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine. It argues, that feminist art, through practices of “seeing as a border,” brings a more intimate geopolitical perspective to audiences’ understandings of the lived experiences of civilians residing on non-government territories of Donetsk and Lughansk oblasts. Through analysis of Alevtina Kakhidze and Maria Kulikovska’s art, the research demonstrates how the geographical gaze towards art and its role in dis-bordering add to the understanding of space and resistance.

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Not yet published as of 19/10/2021.


Original languageEnglish
JournalRegion: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 7 Sep 2021


  • art, critical border studies, feminism, Ukraine, Donbas