A Very Brief and Subjective Queer History of Ukraine by Anton Shebetko
This publication is an attempt to tell the story of Ukrainian queer community through a series of interviews with members of the community, researchers and artists. Even though it's written in a chronological order, this is a subjective attempt and does not intend to be the only correct reading of history or a 100% truthful reflection of the ideas expressed in it.
The publication begins with a timeline, which spells out the main dates for the Ukrainian LGBTQ+ movement. The following chapters are 6 sections of 8 interviews, each beginning with a short introduction essay. The interviews cover the period from modernism to the present day. As an addition to the text, the publication includes visual research made in the last 5 years.
Anton Shebetko is a Ukrainian artist and photographer from Kyiv. He currently lives in Amsterdam. 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.