THE PROJECT «HOVANKY», DEDICATED TO THE ISSUES OF CHILDREN OF DONBAS WILL BE OPENED IN KYIV
Exhibition «Hovanky», which represents the experience of children's survival in the context of the modern Russian-Ukrainian war, will be open today, on December 3, at 15:00 at the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War.
The new exhibition aims to draw attention to the issues of boys and girls who are forced to play by the rules of adults. It illustrates the scale of the negative impact of the war on the internal peace of children, their further socialization and choice of life guidelines.
The central element of the exhibition was the polysemantic image of the house, embodied in the installation of the artist Anton Lohov. It is the personification of the inner space of the child, its desire to find emotional protection, peace, warmth and comfort. But life left this house. Empty, blown by the winds of war, it will no longer shelter from danger. There reigns a sense of anxiety and insecurity filled with such endless childish pain that not every adult heart can bear.
In the exhibition space there are original children's things and toys from destroyed orphanages, kindergartens and playgrounds. Drawings, photographs and video evidence from the war became an emotional accent. The piano with the symbolic name «Ukraine» seems to be the most ambitious here, which survived in the destroyed kindergarten of Pisky village of Donetsk Oblast. Now there are six residents left in the village. Personal stories of specific affected families will not leave anyone indifferent.
«Exhibition «Hovanky» is a space where everyone should ask themselves: what have we done to return our childhood stolen by the war to our future? After all, more than 20 000 Ukrainian children are still undershelling in Donbas», noted the organizers of the exhibition.