Replenishing yourself with arts

Dr. Gražina Bielousova

Dr. Gražina Bielousova is a Lithuanian researcher and public scholar working at the intersections of race, religion, and gender in Eastern Europe. She defended her PhD at Duke University (North Carolina, USA) and currently resides in London, where she teaches at University College London’s School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies. When she is not researching how Eastern Europe is seen through Western eyes or how leftist feminists in Eastern Europe imagine a better society, she can be found roaming the museums, reading novels, and playing with her cat.

In the interview for The Good Neighbour Gražina reflects on the role that the arts play into her self-reflective modalities and the need to experience culture as a means to discover new ways of understanding and experiencing life. Gražina says that when she encounters a powerful artwork, it replenishes her and opens new doors of perception, as if building an inner emotional architecture, providing a source of awe and restorative space.

Produced by The Good Neighbour
Questions: Justė Kostikovaitė
Music by Koloah, album “Serenity”
Filmed by Elena Reimerytė
Text by Marija Sinkevičiūtė

Supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture

Partners: UK Lithuanian Youth Association,
the British-Lithuanian Society