October 5: 70 Years Away. Exposition Which United Two Generations of Ukraine's Defenders
On 5 October 2017, a photo exhibition titled Objective History, dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), will be held in Hall 1 at 10:00 a.m.
Organized by: Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine.
Participants: Dmytro Tkachenko, Adviser to the Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine; Oleksandr Bilous, head of the scientific and exhibition department of the Museum of the History of Resistance Movements in World War II, PhD in History; Vasyl Humeniuk, historian, researcher, compiler of materials of the UPA’s Yavoriv Archive, author and co-author of numerous publications on the UPA’s history; Inna Yermakova, head of the artistic project Life at Zero, senior lecturer at the Chair of Journalism of Vasyl Stus Donetsk National University; Yurii Velychko, fighter of the 46th separate special troops battalion Donbas-Ukraine (2015-2017), participant of the artistic project Life at Zero.
On 5 October 2017, at 1:00 p.m., the photo exhibition Objective History will be presented in the space of the exhibition project Ukrainian East, in the main display of the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War (27 Lavrska St.).
Now, the armed struggle for Ukraine’s Independence is going on. And again, the silenced stories of the fight against Russian imperialism are taking their toll. Again, Russia is distorting in its information space the war it itself unleashed in Eastern Ukraine, and again, turning to doublespeak.
Permanent emphasis is made on topics not enough covered in the historical discourse. Among them is the history of the UPA. The history of Ukraine in the 20th century, perhaps, does not bear as controversial estimates of events and phenomena as in the case of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army.
Unfortunately, the 21st century forced the Ukrainians to take up arms once more, this time to maintain the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. History repeats itself if its lessons are not learnt in time.
The key storyline of the photographs in the new project is time parallels between defenders of their home ground 70 years back.
Some of the heroes depicted in photos live in the 1940s – these are photos of UPA warriors from the Yavoriv Archive, which have endured by miracle and were studied by historian Vasyl Humeniuk.
Other photos are from the ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine, taken by Yurii Velychko, tankman of the 46th separate special troops battalion Donbas-Ukraine of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The photo bear striking resemblance to each other. Their heroes are beautiful people at ugly war.
Those featured in photos by professional photographers and amateurs at different times love, rest after a military campaign, make fun, set up a makeshift shelter, wait for the enemy, bid farewell to the dead brethren, and so on.
Not only did they cross their paths in time – they feel the same feelings.
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