On August 31, 2017, the British artist Sara Nesteruk presented her project “Recipes for baking bread” at the National Museum Holodomor Victims’ Memorial.
Sara Nesteruk is a specialist in animation design at the University of Huddersfield (UK). As a Ph.D. student at Leeds University, under the leadership of Lisa Stensby, she writes a scholarly work that through drawings, memories and official history explores the collective memory of the world, in particular, the history of Holodomor 1932-1933 in Ukraine (because Sara’s own family roots are also from Ukraine). So, in August 2017, during 8 days, Sara worked with the collection of Holodomor victims’ Memorial: communicated with scientists, studied artifacts and videos, learnt the memorial’s space by making sketches, notes, memories, fragments and ideas. Above that, every day, she created a new animation which was telling about a single episode or a view at the whole history of the Holodomor, the genocide committed by the Soviet authorities in 1932-1933 in Ukraine.
Unexpectedly for herself, the author of the “Recipes for baking bread” project created twice as many animations as she expected. On August 31 she presented for the visitors of the museum her finished works and described the idea of her project, personal impressions, minds connected to her knowledge about history of the Holodomor.
8 video animations are being exhibited in the Museum’s Hall till September 10th and are included in the excursion tour. Also, some of Sara’s works can be seen on her blog’s pages. On September 1, the artist-animator created her last, final video dedicated to the memory of Holodomor, which has already been added to the list of videos for demonstration.
The National Museum “Holodomor victims’ Memorial” is grateful to Sara Nesteruk for her interest in the historical memory of Ukrainians and her cooperation. We wish Sara a great success in implementation of her research work – an animated film “Recipes for baking bread,” which will also include videos created at the Holodomor victims’ Memorial. Also our special gratitude is to the Arts Council England, which provided the financial support to Sara Nesteruk’s research.
To tell the story of the Holodomor through the art of animation became a new experience for us. Thanks to the “Recipes for baking bread” project, for most citizens of Britain opens up the almost unknown story of the massive genocide that took place in the middle of the twentieth century and took lives from more than 7 million Ukrainians.
Read more about the project and about cooperation of the artist with the Holodomor victims’ Memorial on the official websites.