About the search for happiness and freedom, the LGBTQ+ community and the protests in Belarus in 2020.
»What do I want at my protests? Screaming about police brutality? Waving the white-red-white flag? Sing “Kupalinka” on a loop? No, that's boring. I want to gather strength while protesting instead of losing it. I want us in the crowd to communicate not with chants that have already been chanted countless times by everyone, but with music. I'm going out to dance! – We rent speakers...”, Vika Biran in I DANCE.
Vika Biran in conversation with Irina Bondas.
Vika Biran, born in 1990 in Pinsk, Belarus, is an author, project manager and LGBTQ+ activist. She was a co-founder of MAKEOUT, a journalistic project and network that addressed issues of gender and sexuality in Belarus from 2014 until its forced closure in early 2022. In September 2020, Vika Biran was arrested and sentenced to 15 days in prison after participating in peaceful protests in Minsk.
In autumn 2020 she moved to Berlin. Since then she has worked as a freelance author and cultural manager. She has processed the experiences of the last two years in her autobiographical debut novel I DANCE. Biran wrote the central part of the book as part of the artist-in-residence program at the MuseumsQuartier, Vienna. She presented the book at the OPEN BOOKS 2023 literature festival, Vilnius and at Buch Vienna 2023.