The Freedom Lecture: Belarus

Sophie Rutenfrans
On August 9th, thousands of protesters took to the streets in Belarus calling for free and fair elections. This marked the start of a broad protest movement opposing the authoritarian reign of ‘Europe’s last dictator,’ Alexander Lukashenko. Tonight we honour the brave people of Belarus and stand in solidarity with their cause.

In this Freedom Lecture, several Belarusian voices share their story with regards to the current events in Belarus. We speak with Belarussian photographer Tasha Arlova. She is a visual artist working with photography, performative videos and short films, born in 1989 in Vitebsk, Belarus. One of the founders of the Second Thoughts reading club dedicated to “a collective exploration on Eastern Europeanness”. Curator of a few exhibitions dedicated to Belarusian protests. Currently on her final graduation year in Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam.

From 30 OKT 2020 t/m 7 NOV 2020 you can visit the exhibition Art of Resistance, a project that was initiated by Belarusian artists in the Netherlands Lena Davidovich and Tasha Arlova.

Note: there is only a limited amount of tickets available for this programme. Sold out? You can watch along at home for free. The livestream will appear here 5 minutes before start time. Would you like to make a contribution for watching? We have made donating easy with iDeal!


Tasha ArlovaVisual artist
Jörgen Tjon a FongModerator

The Freedom Lecture

Freedom is something that we in the Netherlands often take for granted. Four times a year, De Balie invites someone who knows from personal experience what it means not to be free. We want to share their stories, spread their message, and learn from their struggle. In the series, De Balie has welcomed freedom fighter like Egyptian writer and activist Nawal el Saadawi, Ugandan LGBT activist Frank Mugisha, Russian journalist Yevgenia Albats, internet activist Esra’a Al Shafei from Bahrain and Patrisse Cullors & Janaya Khan from the Black Lives Matter-movement.

The Freedom Lecture is made possible by Stichting Democratie en Media en vfonds.