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Anton Shebetko

Anton Shebetko

area: Media Art

Anton Shebetko, A Very Brief and Subjective Queer History of Ukraine, publication

Anton Shebetko, A victim sustained injuries, installation shot, Melkweg Expo, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Anton Shebetko, It’s not your problem, Neon, 38x87cm, 2022

Anton Shebetko, To Know Us Better, Installation shot, Foam Museum, Amsterdam

Anton Shebetko, To Know Us Better, Installation shot, Foam Museum, Amsterdam

Anton Shebetko, Installation shot of "Common People" in Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine

Anton Shebetko, Augustin from We Were Here, C-print on dibond, 80x120cm, 2018

Anton Shebetko, Vlad from We Were Here, C-print on dibond, 80x120cm, 2018

Anton Shebetko, Simeiz, Installation shot from Oceanic Imageries at Stedelijk Museum

Anton Shebetko, Self-portrait. Ukraine

Key Facts




Media Art



recommending institution

frei_raum Q21 exhibition space

time period

October 2022 - October 2022

Anton Shebetko (b.1990) is a Ukrainian artist and photographer from Kyiv. He currently lives in Amsterdam. He studied at Gerrit Rietvel Academie. He works closely with LGBTQ + topics, themes of memory, loss of identity, plurality of history, and the role that photography can play in revealing these stories. His extensive research is devoted to the forgotten queer history of Ukraine. His range of projects varies from installations and interventions dedicated to old cruising spots and underground gay resorts in Crimea to more relevant topics such as Ukrainian LGBTQ + soldiers. His works were shown at FOAM Museum and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Frei_raum Q21 Exhibition Space in Wien, Austria, CENTQUATRE-PARIS in Paris, France and Mystetskyi Arsenal in Kyiv, Ukraine. His works were published in British Journal of Photography, Butt Magazine, GUP Magazine, VIce, De Correspondent, Huck Magazine. He was a recipient of Where Love Is Illegal Fellowship in 2022.

Anton Shebetko: A Very Brief and Subjective Queer History of Ukraine

Book presentation and Artist Talk at Buchhandlung Walther König @ MQ Wien

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Project info

During my residency in Q21 I plan to continue to work on my project about queer history of Ukraine. Recently I made a publication «A Very Brief and Subjective Queer History of Ukraine» in which I composed years of textual and visual research regarding the topic. I also started a new project «To Know Us Better» about Queer Ukrainians who had to flee Ukraine because of the war, including those who had to move because of the occupation of Crimea and the war in the East of Ukraine in 2014. During my month stay in the residency, I plan to go in-depth with my research about certain chapters of the publication, especially those regarding non-heteronormative historic Ukrainian personalities. I also plan to work on interviews and portraits with Queer Ukrainians I collected in the last few months, as well as make new ones.

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