Nazar Kozak – Research & CV

Displaced Performers:
Artmaking at the EU/Ukraine’s State Border

Research Area 2. Norms & transgressions


Nazar Kozak serves as a Senior Researcher in the Department of Art History at the Ethnology Institute of the National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine. He received his PhD from Lviv Academy of Arts in 2000. Kozak was a recipient of several international scholarships and grants, including from the Fulbright Scholar Program, Getty Research Institute, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Austrian Agency for International Mobility (OeAD), and the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM). In 2001–2022, he also taught art history at Ivan Franko University of Lviv. 

 Kozak’s research interests encompass medieval and contemporary art. His exploration of the medieval period focuses on intersection of visual culture and politics as well as mobility of religious iconography in (post-)Byzantine world. In contemporary art studies, Kozak investigates agency of art in crises, including revolutions, wars, and ecological disasters. His 2017 article on art interventions during the Ukrainian Maidan Revolution received an honorable mention as a finalist for the CAA’s Art Journal Award. 

Selected Publications


  1. “Kenji Yanobe, Atom Suit, and Chornobyl: Enacting Survival After Nuclear Disaster,” Afterimage 50/3 (2023): 55–80. DOI:10.1525/aft.2023.50.3.55
  2. “Art Resistance and Russia’s ‘Non-Invasion’ of Ukraine,” East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies 9/1 (2022): 67-104. DOI:10.21226/ewjus585
  3. “The Akathistos on the Move and the Geography of Post-Byzantine Art,” in Eclecticism in Late Medieval Visual Culture at the Crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic Traditions, ed. Maria Alessia Rossi and Alice Isabella Sullivan, 221-238. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 2022. DOI:10.1515/9783110695618-011
  4. “Akathistos Cycles in (post-)Byzantine Art, Mapping Eastern Europe / Eds. M. A. Rossi and A. I. Sullivan, accessed November 18, 2022,
  5. “Ukraine’s Cultural Heritage under the Hundred Days Onslaught,” ICMA News 2 (Summer 2022): 21-25
  6. “Akathistos Cycle from the Perspective of Iconography and Visual Culture,” in Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019). DOI:10.5040/9781350990005.0036
  7. Reasons for Innovation: Unusual post-Byzantine Iconography of Akathistos Strophe 11,” Revue Roumaine d’Histoire de l’Art: Série Beaux-Arts 56 (2019): 19–32.
  8. “Art Embedded into Protest: Staging the Ukrainian Maidan,” Art Journal 76/1 (2017): 8–27. DOI:10.1080/00043249.2017.1332873