area: Literature, Activism
31 years old, born in Pinsk, Belarus.
LGBTQ activist, publicist and project manager from Belarus. She is a co-founder of MAKEOUT, a project on gender and sexuality in Belarus. In September 2020, she was arrested after participating in a peaceful protest in Minsk and sentenced to 15 days in prison. Vika Biran is now studying cultural studies at Viadrina University in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. During her stay, Vika will work on her first literary autobiographical project about political protests in Belarus, LGBTQ activism, struggle against the system, confrontation with police violence and control, and search for meanings and sources of strength.
I want to complete an autofictional novel about the protests in Belarus, the life of an LGBTQ activist, the struggles with the system of police control and violence, the search for meaning, the daily struggle. So far, 50 pages of the book have been written and there is a preliminary agreement with a publisher in Belarus on the publication of the book.
If most of the book is already written, I would like to take the time to work on the podcast "I'm Coping" about everyday struggles, self-preservation and self-care strategies.