Tribute to Odessa
Portrait of Kateryna Ziabliuk
A contribution to the anamnesis of the war in Ukraine – Films, concert, and lecture
Tue, March 29, 2022 – Wed, March 30, 2022

 No registration required / Limited places available
The event will take place under 3G conditions.

Doctors can diagnose a disease and feel empathy with the patients and express their solidarity. At the same time, they will ask themselves: What is the cause of this disease? They conduct a medical anamnesis in order to find the cure. The role of the doctors can perhaps be assumed by art, which is known to have a therapeutic function.

After many wars, occupations, uprisings, and wars in Europe after 1945 (Hungary 1956, Czechoslovakia 1968, Yugoslavia 1991–2001) there is now a war in Ukraine. The world seems to turn into one single »Refugee Republic« (Ingo Günther, 1993) and the often quoted statement that politics divides and art unites also seems apt.
That is why the ZKM approaches the war in the Ukraine via the path of art, media art, film and music.

The Program

Tuesday, March 29,2022
ZKM Media Theater
From 6:00 p.m.

approx. 5


Sergei Eisenstein:

»Battleship Potemkin«, 1925



Zbigniew Rybczynski:

»Steps«, 1987

approx. 10


Brian de Palma:

»The Untouchables«, 1987



Dziga Vertov:

»Enthusiasm: The Symphony of Donbas«, 1930



Sergei Loznitsa:

»Donbass«, 2018


March 30, 2022
ZKM Media Theater and ZKM Cube
From 6:00 p.m.

approx. 45


Video lecture by Prof. John J. Mearsheimer, The University of Chicago: 

»UnCommon Core: The Causes and Consequences of the Ukraine Crisis«, 2015

ZKM Media Theater

approx. 54


Anne-Laure Bonnel:

»Donbass«, 2016

ZKM Media Theater

approx. 90


8:15 p.m.
Concert with pianist Kateryna Ziabliuk

ZKM Cube



Oleh Senzow:

»Nashorn (Rhino)«, 2021

ZKM Media Theater

This selection of films, the concert, and the lecture intend to serve as an anamnesis in a diplomatic spirit. The end of the war in Ukraine must be the objective of all cultural efforts. The ZKM has therefore invited several Ukrainian and Russian artists to Karlsruhe as fellows and will provide them not only with a grant but also with accommodation.

Donations will go to the Karlsruhe »Raisin Initiative«, which takes care of the transport of humanitarian aid to Ukraine.


With the kind support of Pianohaus Schlaile