(born in 1993 in Kyiv) is an artist, performer and curator. She studied Cultural studies at National Pedagogical Dragomanov University (Kyiv, Ukraine), Decorative and applied arts at Kyiv State Academy of Decorative and Applied Art and Design named after Mykhailo Boychuk, and Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts. She also studied documentary filmmaking at Mайстерня.doc Serhii Bukovsky film program and Freie Kunst at Akademie der Bildenden Künste München.
Tetiana is a co-founder of Live Art Lab - a Kyiv-based independent performance art group whose primary focus is research and collective interaction in public space.
In her work, she explores the topic of identity, using narratives of personal and collective history. Tetiana develops the concepts of performative architecture and performative landscape as a political structure. She is the curator of the Kyiv International Performance Art Festival "Performance November", co-founder of Berlin festival “preserve memories - provide energy” and co-founder of German-Ukrainian artistic-curatorial duo «TT Collective».
Tetiana Kornieieva Тетяна Корнєєва
Nothing personal, it's just war
Tetiana Kornieieva (2023)
Sound by Daria Veshtak (Sirakusy)
30.06, start 18:00
Schönhauser Allee 36, 10435 Berlin
In her performance, Tetiana Kornieieva explores the topic of forced labor during the Second World War in big industrial facilities that nowadays is the the place of cultural space Kulturbrauerei located in Berlin.
Through extensive research of archival materials, the artist discovered that some of the Ukrainian women who were deported to Germany for forced labor under the OST plan were assigned to work for the Telefunken company, which was also involved in weapons manufacturing during the war.
Being in a hopeless situation, Ukrainian forced laborers became hostages of the idea of "nothing personal, it's just business", which is still on the table nowadays.
Through her artworks, Tetiana addresses the collective memory of Ukrainians and raises the question as to why the significant events that greatly impacted Ukrainian’s lives during and after World War II remain largely unexpressed in the public spaces of Berlin.
I was born on 4th of July 1921 in Kostopil, in a peasant family. My parent’s house was located on Dvoretskoho Street. I studied in Poland for seven years. During that time, the complete secondary education spanned seven years. I’d excelled in my studies, even surpassing my Polish classmates. Our school had a diverse mix of students, including Jews, Germans, Poles, and Ukrainians. I was very good at studies… In 1939, the war began. In the early forties, specifically in 1943, I was forcibly deported to Germany for labor. I recall being a part of a large group of people, gathered near Dobrobudivniy. There were so many of us, that the queue stretched as far as the eye could see. We were instructed to bring food for three days. I remember my mother giving me bread before we left… It was a cold day in early April. The weather was harsh and we were accommodating in barracks made of thin boards… I was strongly drawn to my Homeland. Ukraine. Like a magnet. I had a deep affection for my country. However, Germans didn’t recognize or understand Ukraine. They referred us to russisch. I would proclaim: “No, Ukraine”... I attended a gymnasium in Kostopil, where I studied with Germans. Unfortunately, the gymnasium only operated for two years before the Germans closed it down. Subsequently, I was sent to Germany… Nonetheless, I became proficient in the German language and also had a good command of Latin. I retained much of the knowledge, imparted in school. In fact, I was the best in my class, when I came to Latin…Even now I remember several proverbs, such as “Memento Mori”, which means remember that you will die… During my time in Germany, I worked at a military factory, operating machines. I recall being assigned the task of carrying heavy iron boxes, weighing approximately twenty kilos. The boxes needed to be moved around five meters away from one machine to another. And then they were replaced…