Nataliya Ilchuk


Photo: Jussi Virkkumaa

Ukrainian artist working predominantly with film and video. Born in Lviv in 1985. Graduated from Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains in France in 2020 after studying cinema in Kyiv and Warsaw.

Since autumn 2022, PhD candidate at CY Cergy Paris University in France, where my research-creation thesis in the form of auto-ethnography explores the constraints of an artist’s liberty while attempting to establish the link between authenticity in cinema and different forms of external and internal pressure, notably those of censorship and self-censorship.

At the Saari Residence, I will work on a video project about the economic reality of a country going through the war and facing the challenges that drastically transform the Ukrainian way of dealing with finances to benefit a community rather than a single one individual.

During my stay in Finland, I’d like to exchange with Saari residents and visiting guests on the subject of trust towards the government and feeling of security in the future and elaborate on different approaches towards spending resources.