The multimedia works of Nikolay Karabinovych, a 1988-born artist and musician from Odesa, are influenced by his hometown. In the interview, he talks about being Jewish in Odesa, Jewish history and music, how different minorities leave a mark on the cityscape, and the works of another artist from the Black Sea port city that he discovered in the collections of the Jewish Museum of Belgium.
Ukraine was once home to the second-largest Jewish population in Europe, including countless communities shaped by many influences: from the Czarist Empire in the east to the Hapsburg Monarchy in the West, from secular modernity in the major cities to the abiding traditions of the shtetl; from the free port of Odesa on the Black Sea to the intellectual metropolis of Kharkiv. Alongside an in-person discussion series held at the Jewish Museum Berlin, a series of short interviews are gradually exploring questions relevant to Ukraine past and present from a Jewish perspective.
The interview was conducted by Signe Rossbach, Jewish Museum Berlin, in January 2023.