Ulyana Kalenik (Nevzorova) is a Belarusian artist born in 2001, currently lives and works in Minsk. She works with techniques such as illustration, graphics, street art, photography and video. Artist graduated from art school in 2018 and then the European College of Liberal Arts in Belarus in 2019. Actively participates in the "Belarusian School of Human Rights" programme. The current situation of our eastern neighbors strongly influenced Ulyana's work, and over the past year her civic position and work began to overlap. The main themes of her work concern human rights violations in Belarus.
Ulyana is a participant in the "Belarusian Spring" project – an artistic residency under the AIR Wro programme, which is conducted in cooperation with the activities of the Neighbors programme in the Komuny Paryskiej 45 Workshop. During her six-week residency in Wrocław (April - May 2021), the artist will combine visual (sometimes performative) activities with public spaces and social initiatives, telling engaged stories about the urban fabric and its origin.
– I want to immerse myself in the local environment and create something based on this experience – emphasizes Ulyana, pointing to the need to get to know Wrocław from the perspective of a visual artist who lives in a different city – Minsk.
The artistic residency "Belarusian Spring" aims to reach the local community through artistic interventions in public space or joint activities with residents and creating a space for them to work. The artist will focus her activities on Przedmieście Oławskie, whose rich history, image changes over the years, as well as social issues have inspired many artists, both Polish and foreign.