In one of the video works, Alina Kleytman performed Princess Olga, the first Christian ruler of Kyiv and all Rus, who is remembered for her brutal but successful war campaigns. Olga is a modern nationalist hero in Ukraine because of her fighting spirit. In her video performances, the artist emphasises and exaggerates the bloodthirsty features of the queen, in relation to multiple realities and discourses, from the ongoing Russian aggression to stereotypes of Slavic ferociousness.
Jael-Kwan addressed the activist potential of art healing even within confined spaces. Through a selection of projects she curated, Jael-Kwan explored how artistic practice can create communities. She revisited projects like the ‘Asian Art Activism‘ platform that has been bringing together Asian communities in diaspora through educational and collective projects. The affect of these gatherings created a transnational solidarity network that turned very valuable during the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing attacks against people of Asian origins in Europe and beyond. Through online meetings, the participants co-constituted communities of care and support for victims of racial violence. Together the speakers addressed how art activism can both produce and question communities and their values, making space for engagement and radicality.