Liverpool Cathedral is honoured to have been part of EuroFestival

Izyum to Liverpool

From 1 to May 19 2023, we hosted Izyum to Liverpool by Ukrainian artist Katya Buchatska.

A poignant train journey by a multi-channel video installation from Ukrainian artist Katya Buchatska. Filmed in real-time, this is an extraordinary window into the journey of escape many Ukrainians have taken since the full-scale Russian invasion in February 2022. Starting with views of liberated Ukrainian regions moving to apparently stiller Western cities.

Izyum to Liverpool was about the fragility of our environment, our lives and the landscape surrounding us. It was about the war in Ukraine. It is about something that can happen anywhere. Normal life can be changed in just one moment.

This work was about the loss of certainties. A one-way journey provoking a shift in the state of mind. Even if you are in a safe environment farther away from the front line, this feeling of loss and uncertainty stays with you.

To view the interpretation and Q&A, in English. and a selection of other languages, click here.


Artist Biography:

KATYA BUCHATSKA (1987, Kyiv, Ukraine) is an artist who lives and works in Kyiv. Buchatska works in various media, such as painting, installations, sculpture, photography, and video. Engaging with the concept of time and researching the co-existence of human and non-human forms of life, Buchatska deconstructs forms and subject matters, giving objects new meaning. Her often playful presentations question the viewer’s perception of reality.

She studied Graphic Techniques and Illustration at the Institute of NTUU KPI, Kyiv, Ukraine (2003-2007); Fine Art at the École Nationale Supérieure d'Art de Dijon, Dijon, France (2008), and Monumental Painting with Professor Mykola Storozhenko at the National Academy of Fine Art and Architecture, Kyiv, Ukraine (2008-2015). She collaborates with the preservation group for the legacy of the Hutsul naïve artist Paraska Plytka-Horytsvit.


EuroFestival 2023 Partners: Liverpool Cathedral and Ukrainian Railways. Funded by Liverpool City Council, Government's departments for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports and the Arts Council England / eurofestival