Eulogy for a Dream: A Tribute to Victoria Amelina
This evening commemorates the late Victoria Amelina, a Ukrainian writer, human rights defender, and founder of the New York Literary Festival in the Donetsk region. Victoria had intended to spend this year in Paris as a Harriman Institute Displaced Artist resident at Reid Hall to complete her book, Looking at Women Looking at War: War and Justice Diary. Tragically, she died from injuries sustained in the Russian shelling of Kramatorsk on June 27, 2023.
Victoria’s friends and colleagues are gathering to honor her memory and lifelong dream of living and working in Paris. Participants include Volodymyr Yermolenko, Tetyana Ogarkova, Tetyana Teren, Sophia Chelyak, Irena Karpa, and Olha Sahaidak.
18h – 18h30 – Exhibit in honor of Victoria Amelina
18h30 – 19h40 – Introduction and discussion with Victoria’s friends and colleagues
Volodymyr Yermolenko, Tetyana Teren, Sophia Chelyak, Irena Karpa. Moderated by Tetyana Ogarkova
19h50 – 20h10 – Reading featuring five of Victoria Amelina’s poems
20h10 – 20h30 – Presentation of Looking at Women Looking at War: War and Justice Diary
With a screening of Victoria’s last public reading at the largest annual Ukrainian book festival, Book Arsenal, with Volodymyr Yermolenko.
20h30 – 21h00 – Musical tribute curated by Anna Stavychenko of the 1991 Project
Valentyn Silvestrov, II Postlude for violin solo from Three Postludes, 1981/1982 [10’]
Béla Bartók, Six duets for 2 violins from 44 Duets, Sz. 98, 1931 [12’]
Zoltan Almashi, Duet №1 for two violins, 2016 [7’]