a student-led radio broadcast exploring misinformation in relation to Putin’s war on Ukraine
FEB 28 2022 1pm-3:30pm GMT

BRUTALLY HONEST. An MA Narrative Environments radio broadcast in solidarity with #Ukraine 🇺🇦  featuring conversation, music and sounds from Eastern Europe and its diaspora.

The broadcast streamed live 28 February 2022 as an emergent response to war actions that started in Ukraine and in solidarity with Ukrainian people. Set in motion by CSM MANE students Margo Lazarenkova (Minsk-born) and Edit Kruk (Moscow-born), BRUTALLY HONEST connects the voices of the Ukrainian, Belarusian and Russian diasporas in Europe with the global creative community. The show takes a critical perspective on mainstream narratives in relation to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and is punctuated with interviews conducted online, live at CSM and on-site at London’s brutalist Barbican Estate.

Our guests include: Ben Ditto (British-Ukrainian Creative Director); Diana Olifirova (Ukrainian filmmaker based in  London), Liza Mikhaleva (Russian Feminist Activist and DJ, based in Moscow), Alina Rozanova (Ukrainian startup founder and conference organiser based in Georgia), Anna Holub (Ukrainian student from LCC, Public Relations), Dana and Denisa (Russian and Romanian students from Camberwell College of Art), Anastasiya Katliarskaya and Ilya Kotlarsky (Belarusian students from Architectural Association School of Architecture). Accompanied by Dj-set by Zlata Mechetina (Russian student from CSM).

The broadcast was brought to life in 48 hours by a team of students from MA Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins: Margo Lazarenkova, Edit Kruk, Jessica Sammut, Chris Mademtzis and Mariella Hilton.

Special thanks to: Charles Lambert, Reanna Wauer, Alexander Collinson and Lucy McCullough.

Photos by Yichi Duan