We invite you to the exhibition presentation “Parallels”

30 November 2022

“I had a very happy childhood. Every summer, my parents took me to the Sumy region, to the small village of Maly Bobryk. There was a dam, a dry land, an abandoned apple orchard and a forest where, of course, mysterious chimaeras, of course, lived. The most terrifying scarecrow concerned an old house with broken windows on Kruta Gora in the middle of the village. Because there once lived… a cannibal. As a child, I was not immersed in the context of events. Then I went to school. When I studied at school, almost every year textbooks were updated for each class – on literature, history, etc. I studied in independent Ukraine. When society gained experience with classified documents. In particular, documents that exposed the Holodomor of 1932-1933. The film “Hunger 33” is etched in my memory. I had too many questions that I couldn’t get an answer to. With my questions, I turned to my relatives – grandmothers from Sumy Oblast. These were terrible stories. About people who were buried right in the garden next to the abandoned apple orchard. About my relatives who died. And in particular, about a “man-eater” – a woman who lost her mind and killed her children to cook soup.”

Iryna Tatarenko, artist, about work on the “Parallels” project

The memory of the Holodomor is more than memories of traumatic and tragic events of the past. Its task is to stimulate conscience, encourage action, to confront modern risks and manifestations of genocide. Active memory requires analysis and understanding, particularly in art.

The National Museum of the Holodomor-Genocide, together with the workshop Cutout Collage Festival & Studio, will present the project “PARALLELS”. It is a series of collages made by artists as a reflection and understanding of the Holodomor history in the context of the current war and the search for similarities and differences between the historical events of the early 1930s and 2022.

The exhibition will feature digital and analogue collages of the residents of the CUTOUT workshop, the members of CUTOUTLOVERS, and winners of the Open Call.

The exhibition opening will take place on December 2 at 5:00 p.m. in the Hall of Memory of the National Museum of the Holodomor-genocide (Kyiv, Lavrska St., 3).

Registration for mass media: https://cutt.ly/41cL4gR

The exhibition “PARALLELS” will also be presented at the Ukrainian Cultural Center with the support of the Embassy of Ukraine in Israel from December 2 to 20 at 22 Yirmeyahu str., Tel Aviv.

For more information about our projects, please contact the mail [email protected], or call +380997609726 (Olga Yurchuk, the Museum’s communications officer).