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John Hansard Gallery presents Mykola Ridnyi: The Battle Over Mazepa

Age suitable for: 16+

Date and Time (UK time):
28/10/2023 00:00-00:00
Accessibility alert:
  • Loud sounds
  • Flashing images
  • Possible strong language
  • Potentially upsetting content
  • Enclosed spaces
  • Darkened spaces
  • Live captioning on screen


In partnership with Pushkin House, London, John Hansard Gallery are delighted to present a new film by acclaimed Ukrainian artist Mykola Ridnyi.

The Battle Over Mazepa conceptualises the historical and contemporary perception of Ivan Mazepa, a political and military leader of the Zaporozhian Sich and Left-bank Ukraine in the late-17th and early-18th century.

Addressing codes of hip-hop culture, Ridnyi borrows the popular form of a rap battle to collide two great works of world literature associated with this historical figure.