Herkunft: Ukraine

Max Smogol

born in Bila Tserkva, Ukraine in 1983, studied electrical engineering at the Polytechnic Institute in Kyiv while working as a sound engineer at a radio station and later in a recording studio. As a guitarist, singer, arranger, and sound producer he has been involved in a variety of musical projects.

Sergei Loznitsa

Sergei Loznitsa was born in the town of Baranavichy in the Belarusian SSR in 1964 and grew up in Kyiv. He studied applied mathematics until 1987 and then worked at the Kyiv Institute of Cybernetics. During this period, he also translated works from Japanese and became interested in film. In

Yevgenia Belorusets

The photographer, artist, and writer Yevgenia Belorusets was born in Kyiv in 1980. She studied German at the Kyiv National Linguistic University from 1996—2002 and then studied Austrian literature and philosophy at the University of Vienna until 2005. She also earned a diploma in documentary photography from Viktor Marushchenko’s photography

Mariana Golovko

born in 1983 in Kyiv, first studied economics in Kyiv and later music and vocal pedagogy. She has been teaching singing since 2013 and has also worked as a radio presenter. Mariana Golovko has been a soloist with Nova Opera since its inception in 2014. She has been a performer

Taras Yemchura

Taras Yemchura was born in 1992 and completed his studies at the National University of Building and Architecture in Kiev. He is an NGO activist, took part in the student protest movement and was one of the co-organisers and coordinators of the Euromaidan movement. He was invited together with his

Jurko Prochasko

Jurko Prochasko was born in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, in 1970. He studied German studies and psychology in Lviv, with research stays in Austria and Germany. 2011 he was awarded a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin. Through his work as a literary critic, translator and author, Prochasko ranks among

Irina Bondas

was born in Kiev in 1985. In 1992, she immigrated to Germany. Since 2005 she is studying translation and political sciences in Leipzig. Works as freelance interpreter, translator and language assistant. At 17, first poetry Slam victory. German International Poetry Slam 2003 and 2004. Readings, workshops at Schauspielhaus Bochum, Theater

Boris Khersonsky

Boris Grigorievich Khersonsky was born in 1950 in Chernivtsi, Ukraine and studied medicine in Ivano-Frankivsk and Odessa. He initially worked as a neurologist before becoming a psychologist and psychiatrist at the state hospital in Odessa. In 1996 Khersonsky took on an appointment at the department of psychology at Odessa National

Andrej Kurkow

Andrey Kurkov was born in Budugošč’ near Leningrad [St. Petersburg today] in 1961. He has lived in Kyiv since his early childhood and Russian is his mother tongue. He graduated from the National Pedagogical Institute for Foreign Languages in Kyiv in 1983 and since pursued various activities. Kurkov already started