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Tatsiana Artsimovich (Tania Arcimovich)

Since 2019 - PhD Candidate at the International Centre for the Study of Culture (Justus-Liebig-Universität, Germany). She graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of Arts in Minsk (Department History of Theatre) and received Master in Sociology (Cultural Studies) from the European Humanities University (Vilnius, Lithuania). Despite academic activities and publications, Artsimovich is actively involved in artistic and activist projects. One of her recent contributions was the curating of a special issue of pARTisanka magazine which was realized in collaboration with HAU in Berlin (2021). In 2020, her first monography titled ‘Belarusian Experimental Theatre in the Thaw period. Between Modernism and Avant-garde’ was published by European Humanities University in Vilnius.


PhD project:


Traces of the Avant-gardes in Soviet Belarus in the Interwar period (1918-1939). Towards Emancipation of Space, Body and Memory


The dissertation explores the traces of the avant-gardes in Soviet Belarus during the Interwar period (1918-1939), focusing on performances, theatre productions, manifestos in art, theatre, and literature. Despite the established tradition of the avant-garde theory, scholars proclaim the need for re-thinking of this social and cultural phenomenon from the perspective of non-Eurocentric experiences. It is a question of alternative theoretical models of the avant-gardes, which are essential for the determination of the phenomenon beyond Western European borders, especially in such countries like Belarus, where the avant-gardes emerged at a moment of formation of a new state and culture. Using the model of pluralities of the avant-gardes by James M. Harding and the postcolonial approaches, the thesis unfolds some cases of the avant-gardes in Soviet Belarus as history of the unperformed avant-gardes asking about the relationship of the transnational agenda of the avant-gardes and processes of decolonization of the Belarusian culture.