The 2017 Kyiv International Biennale, as well as its previous edition of 2015, titled The School of Kyiv, are the projects of the Visual Culture Research Center (VCRC). The institution holds somewhat unique position in the cultural landscape of Ukraine. VCRC’s strategic direction as well as its mission are either substantially misunderstood or at best ignored by the mainstream contemporary art institutions. On the other hand, art shows organized by openly leftist VCRC become targets of nationalist far-right radical groups. The friends ignore and enemies galore - these are the tensions which have to be taken into account when approaching the Kyiv Biennale of 2017.