a network for art, activism and solidarity
2019 - 2022
The platform CETKA (Russian for 'net'), launched by ZK/U Berlin, is a place beyond national borders and ordinary cartography: It advocates for social change through artistic and cultural practices and forms the basis of an active civil society in the regions of Belarus, Ukraine, Russia and Germany.
CETKA takes us on a documentary journey into the independent scene in Dnipro and Kirov, highlights participatory urbanism in Vologda and artistic self-organization in North Ossetia. We discover how LGBTQI* activists in Kaliningrad and Belarusian NGOs in exile work and why garages are indispensable for artistic life in Krasnodar.
The exploration of non-formal education brings Brest on the Polish-Belarusian border and Vladivostok on the Pacific closer together. Local identity and architectural heritage play a role in both post-socialist Eisenhüttenstadt and the ancient Russian city of Yaroslavl. CETKA's navigation works through collective themes, common challenges, and a consensual desire to transform cities for the better.
All ambassadors, films, themes and city portraits can be found here.
A podcast format is also part of CETKA. In Kasha Today, Barbara Anna Bernsmeier and Jürg Andreas Meister talk about everyday phenomena and life in the Russian province. Find the podcast on Anchor.fm.