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October, 3, 2009

Lection: �Lesbian image in fashion�










Author and anchorwoman: Ilinska A.A.



August, 12, 2009

LTT-week-end in Kharkiv



On the 17-th of July 2009 at 17:00 the exhibition of photo and video installations by Anna Viola Hallberg and Annica Karlsson Rixon opened in Kharkiv city art gallery. The exhibition is called �State of Mind� and tells about lesbians� lives in many cities of different countries of the world. Particularly in Kharkiv works concerning to life mostly in Saint-Petersburg (Russia) will be shown. It was possible to visit the exhibition till the 7-th of August 2009.


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The installation was announced except our Organization also by Kharkiv City Authority and Kharkiv city art gallery . As a result the opening was visited by representatives of different media � regional editions and tv-channels. However, as we found out later, not all of them made plots in the ether. As we were told by some reporters of a channel �Kharkiv New� because of the exhibition�s subject their editors refused to edit this material, though reporters considered the subject was interesting.



These are several internet sites with articles on the exhibition:

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Hearing different thoughts and reading different comments It�s still an open question: so what was that coming from Sweden � a work of art or Saint-Petersburg coming-out. To our mind that is the main collision of this event.

On the 18-th of July we had an informal meeting. We used a chance and came with Anna Viola and Annica to ethnic-art festival Pechenizjke Pole which was in Kharkiv region. It was very crowded, real storks and very loud.

On the 19-th of July 2009 at 12:00 we invited all our friends to the meeting at the format of Lezzie Think Tank. Such a format, as we were explained, in some way is similar to �a round-table discussion� and in some way is similar to �a brain storm�. The meeting�s subject was: �How is it for homosexual and queer people to live in Kharkiv?� Information received at this meeting will be used by Swedish artists for further creating of our city�s description-portrait. We asked everyone, who wants to participate in the arrangement, to register by e-mail, sms or phone numbers.

So it happened in art-cafe Agatha. At Lezzie Think Tank we were discussing an issues of LGBT-organizations, the history of LGBT-movement in Ukraine appearing, collaboration with media, coming-out, children upbringing in the same-sex partnerships, social stereotypes concerning to lgbt- and queer-people. After this discussion we created a number of questions to the city which will be the next participant of the project.

After that there was video-materials shooting for further installations with ladies living in Kharkiv. Author format of them supposes that a hero/lady-hero of the camera answers questions concerning to a life of queer- and lgbt-people in our city. By a wish of a hero/lady-hero it�s possible to hide the face, not demonstrate the video in particular cities of our country, Union of Independent Countries or the world.
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During the whole week-end we had a possibility to communicate with art figures - ladies-activists of LGBT-movement of Sweden Anna Viola Hallberg and Annica Karlsson Rixon. And on Monday � July, 20 � everybody interested was able to visit their �workshop� on photography art.

We think that these several days with Anna Viola Hallberg and Annica Karlsson Rixon were exclusive for ladies who live in Kharkiv and for us as a social organization who works for women, including lesbians and bisexual women. It was very important for us that it was a three-ways collaboration. From one side the exhibition was in the space of authority financing and it�s a step of development, because it means that the subject is visible for people of power. From other hand it was a chance for lgbt-community to mobilize, to meet a piece of art openly and frankly expressing thoughts, emotions, stories of real homosexual people living not that far from our city, in a neighbor�s Russia. It�s a brave experience of a person to be out; to be ready to share this experience with another people facing the same problems. And from the third side the exhibition is an art-event. It means that it�s also for people who form a big professional field. And as we all know the best way to make the impact in our stable, ossified society is to suggest people to stop for a minute and think. And there is no better way to do that than by means of visualized images and cinematography pieces that are both catching the attention and giving the deep mental understanding.

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July, 12, 2009


LTT-week-end in Kharkiv


State of Mind From 17 to 19 of July 2009 LTT-week-end was carried out in Kharkiv where our old friends � Swedish art figures Anna Viola Hallberg and Annica Karlsson Rixon participated in.

What will happen during this week-end?
On the 17-th of July 2009 at 17:00 the exhibition of photo and video installations by Anna Viola Hallberg and Annica Karlsson Rixon opened in Kharkiv city art gallery. The exhibition is called �State of Mind� and tells about lesbians� lives in many cities of different countries of the world. Particularly in Kharkiv works concerning to life mostly in Saint-Petersburg (Russia) will be shown. It�s possible to visit the exhibition till the 7-th of August 2009.

On the 19-th of July 2009 at 12:00 we invite all our friends to the meeting at the format of Lezzie Think Tank. Such a format, as we were explained, in some way is similar to �a round-table discussion� and in some way is similar to �a brain storm�. The meeting�s subject is: �How is it for homosexual and queer people to live in Kharkiv?� Information received at this meeting will be used by Swedish artists for further creating of our city�s description-portrait. We ask everyone, who wants to participate in the arrangement, to register by e-mail, sms or phone numbers. A number of participants is to 30 persons. Please, don�t hesitate to register!

From the 19-th of July there will be video-materials shooting for further installations with ladies and men living in Kharkiv. Author format of them supposes that a hero/lady-hero of the camera answers their questions concerning to a life of queer- and lgbt-people in our city. By a wish of a hero/lady-hero it�s possible to hide the face, not demonstrate the video in particular cities of our country? Union of Independent Countries or the world. During the whole week-end you have a possibility to communicate with art figures - ladies-activists of LGBT-movement of Sweden. And on Monday you�ll be able to visit their �workshop� on photography art.




May, 15, 2009


International Day Against Homophobia

Preparing for the holiday
We started with the invitation of three designers in order to arrange our common opinion concerning to the homophobia problem in society.
This work was carried out by Irina Chernolyhova, Galyna Gubchenko and Viktoria Salova. Approximately during a month all them defined the concept and suggested their works which you can see below. Women Association �Sphere� (Ukraine, Kharkiv) took initiative to print the posters, stickers and leaflets with these images.
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May, 15, 2009
There was a shoot of the broadcast �Reflection� at Kharkiv television studio ATN on the theme of homosexuality with the assistance of Savvin Pavlo (a member of the board of directors of SO �Interregional East European Association �Equinox�, Donezjk) and Sharygina Anna (vice-president of SO Women Association �Sphere�, Kharkiv).

May, 16, 2009
By support of �Bommer� cinema there was the showing of the movie �Oranges are not the only fruit�. About 50 persons came to see it having visual informational materials to International Day Against Homophobia before.

May, 17, 2009
In spite of weather conditions it was managed to realize a sally to Hydropark and clean the environment.

Thanks to everyone who took a part in our arrangements and joined the process of homophobia in Ukraine counteraction.



May, 12, 2008


Photo contest �Different opinions � our common view�

����������� ������ At the end of 2008 one of active participants of Kharkiv region LB-movement � Chernolyhova Irina � by support of Women Association �Sphere� (Ukraine, Kharkiv) she prepared and sent her works to the contest �Different opinions � our common view� which was organized by Karat Coalition in Poland. At the beginning of 2009 the exhibition was demonstrated in Warsaw. During the year the exhibition was shown in other countries of the European Union, particularly in Brussels, Berlin, Bratislava, Paris and so on. The works of Irina are the only ones representing Ukraine in the exhibition catalogue.



See the full materials and photos



March, 7, 2009


WA �Sphere� (Ukraine, Kharkiv) organized and carried out the flash-mob event dedicated to the International Women's Day � 8-th of March.
Event�s description:
Concept:
We know how many believes exist: for what a Woman is capable of, what She wants and is able for. Since childhood we hear a lot of idioms concerning to it. This is described in school textbooks, beginning from alphabets. We are accustomed from the cradle to: �You are a girl � you must��. This thing exists in all the TV-broadcasts and printed editions.

We are amazed of the limitations number that women are imposed in everything � in private life, professional sphere, social life and even in family roles. We can not understand why people attitude to a woman is not human.
8-th of March � the International Women's Day � was proclaimed in 1977 by United Nations and interpreted as the Day of Women�s Rights.

And we agree to be beautiful, kind, loving, tender and so on, but we strive for having human rights.

Goal:
show the disagreement with general stereotypes concerning to a Woman�s role in social processes.

Format:
People (man and women) come to the square with pans and frying pans, maybe in dressing gowns and pretend that they clean crockery � in this way publically realizing assigned to women roles stereotype.


Place of carrying out: the square of Freedom (opposite the Region�s Board)


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December, 17, 2008


SO WA �Sphere� (Ukraine, Kharkiv) applied with the request to the Foreign Secretary of Ukraine in order to support the common declaration of United Nations on human rights, gender identity and sexual orientation. This declaration emphasizes the universality of human rights regardless of their individual features.



October, 25, 2008
On the 24-th and 25-th of October, 2008 Reverend Elder Diane Fisher visited Kharkiv � the lady-priest, the episcopacy of Metropolitan Community Churches. She was accompanied by Florin Buhucheanu � the president of Romanian organization ACCEPT (Bucharest). He also took part in the organization of the events.

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To read materials of seminar and fotozvit fully



October, 16, 2008

On the 4-th and 5-th of October, 2008 ladies-representatives of WA �Sphere� (Ukraine, Kharkiv) took a part in the international conference �Lesbian and Gay Rights are Human Rights�.

The event was organized by Informational Educational Centre �Nash Mir� in Kiev. There were leaders and ladies-leaders and also activists and ladies-activists of all the significant LGBT-organizations, remedial organizations and initiative lgbt-groups of Ukraine and other countries, for instance, Hungary, Poland, Sweden, Belarus, Russia, Romania, Belgium, Germany, presented. Generally 11 countries were represented.
As for us, we appreciate the event�s content at its true value � the level of invited representatives and the their articles� filling. And for this we deeply appreciate the organizers and personally Andriy Majmulahin.

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Review of conference (ukrainian)

© Sharygina A.B.




September,25,2008

The trip of our flag to Goverla

At the highest point of Ukraine � the mountain Goverla /2061/ the flag of WA �Sphere� was raised up accompanied by wind and fog on September, 11. Before that there was one day passing from village Lazenshina, after � passing along the highest Karpatian mountain ridge Chernogory with coming almost to the Romanian borders. The idea of rising up our rainbow-organizational flag at the highest point of Ukraine appeared accidently, but for many groups and organizations such a tradition is an original demonstration and announcement of themselves, their principals and requirements. Every day there are a lot of people raising to Goverla in order to put over Ukraine their own flag. For example, with us there was a group of Slovenians who brought there their national flag. There were not LGBT-representatives raising with me to the mountain top, but people who are tolerant to defence for gay and lesbian rights in Ukraine. That is why after the tour one idea appeared as a sign of tolerance to raise rainbow flags on the mountain tops of all the continents and at the end � on the highest point of the world � Everest. I guess this quest will be 12 years long. Scheduled start is July 2009, the highest point of Europe � Elbrus. To all the brave people I suggest to join!:)


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August, 05, 2008

Summary of the WA �Sphere� participant trip to Europride 2008 (Stockholm, Sweden)
31.07.08 - Thursday

Flight Kiev-Stockholm.

Immediate visit to �the rooftop party� � a party on the roof of the Kulturhuset � the Culture House of Stockholm where the musicians from Europe performed their creations. The trip from the hotel to Pride Park � green park zone where all the entertaining arrangements were being carried out in the frame of Europride 2008 during the whole pride-week. Visiting particularly the park, informal contacts with old friends of ladies Anna Viola and Annica, other pride participants.

01.08.08 - Friday

Visit the presentation of ladies Anna Viola and Annica art-installation by the name �State of mind� for Russian and Ukrainian participants of pride, Swedish in Russian Federation consulate members, the session Lezzy Think Tank with direct participation of Saint-Petersburg organization �Coming-Out� and general number of participants about 20-25 people. Session work was carried out in two groups and was directed to the support of organization �Coming-Out� activity. The participation in the reception of Stockholm City Hall. The President of Europride and the Stockholm Mayor saluted the participants of Europride 2008. The excursion along the ancient building. The visiting of art-performance by Emily Roysdon � lady-cultural figure from New-York (details � see a http://emilyroysdon.com/ ) The effort to visit gay-lesbi-party at the Stockholm night club wasn�t realized � at the midnight the queue by the entrance was about 200 people.

02.08.08 - Saturday

As they say, tusovka which was in Humlegarden � the park place from which traditionally the pride-march starts in Stockholm. The meeting of Russian-speaking group and Swedish friends at the beginning of Pride holiday. 5-hours procession under the fine but romantic rain along the streets and avenues of the city centre. The terminal stop � Pride Park where it was possible to have a rest, to hear fascinating house-hits of 70s, Swedish pop-music and also to dance at the electro-scene.

03.08.08 � Sunday
the territory of Gamla Stan � the old city. Saying good-bye to Sweden. Flight to Kiev.

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Photoreport from Europride 2008
Details read at the Forum
© Ilinska O.O.




June, 17 and 18, WA �Sphere� (Ukraine, Kharkiv) carried out the meeting with Annica Karlson Rixon and Anna Viola Hallberg

Miss Rixon and miss Hallberg lady-art-cultural figures from Stockholm (Sweden). They came to Ukraine from Saint-Petersburg (Russian Federation) where they carried out the similar meetings on issues of organizing their works exhibitions. Their photo-, video- and art-installations were already been presented in the frame of the first exhibition �Resonance�. Next year lady-art-cultural figures plan to carry out the similar exhibitions in Ukraine � in Kharkiv and Kiev. Get the detailed information about miss Annica K. Rixon�s and miss Anna V. Hallberg�s activity at their site http://www.aview.se.. As the result of our meeting we established a connection with the representatives of European art-world, agreement about the cooperation and assistance on the organizing of the author exhibition in Kharkiv. Besides our Organization received the invitation to take a part in Europride-2008 from miss Anna and miss Annica.



May, 6, 2008

Working meeting the representatives of WA �Sphere� (Ukraine, Kharkiv) with Reverend Diane Fisher and Florin Buhucheanu.

At the beginning of May, while there were preparations for conducting the gay-pride in Chisinau (Moldova), our city was consecrated by the visit of Reverend Elder Diane Fisher � the lady-priest, the episcopacy of Metropolitan Community Churches. he was accompanied by Florin Buhucheanu � the coordinator and the representative of Metropolitan Community Churches. in Eastern Europe, the president of Romanian LGBT-organizationACCEPT (Bucharest).
Obviously a lesbian lady-priest is a phenomenon almost exceptional even for present European community, and in Ukraine it�s entirely unexampled till now. By means of this article we would like to introduce in details Reverend Diane Fisher and mister Florin to all of you.

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To finish reading to the end(russian)
© Sharygina A.B.