MIP: Exhibition "Stolen Crimea. The History of Deportation" Opened in Kyiv
On 18 May 2019, a requiem dedicated to commemorating the victims of the 1944 Crimean Tatar genocide took place at the Expocentre Ukraine exhibition centre. The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, took part in the event.
In his speech, the Head of State noted that today Crimean Tatars suffer the same persecutions and suppressions as was 75 years ago, in the Soviet times.
“I feel with pain how difficult it was for you to be ‘clutched’ by the Russian regime again. [It is] the regime that is heir to Stalin’s. [It is] the regime that is in essence the same as the Soviet one, and thus as much cynical, cruel, and criminal,” the President said.
In addition, the exhibition “Stolen Crimea. The History of Deportation,” created with the support of the Ministry of Information Policy for the 75th anniversary of the Crimean Tatar deportation, started.
“This project is a synergy of Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar artists, who translated into reality their vision of what happened in Crimea in 1944. Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars share a common history, a common way, and common pain—the pain of Holodomor and the Crimean Tatar deportation. And now, once again, we have to fight for Ukrainian Crimean and for our common European future, aware that our identity was about to be destroyed for many years,” the First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, Emine Dzhaparova, was quoted as saying.
The event was attended by Refat Chubarov, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people; Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration; high-ranking officials; members of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people; diplomats; public activists; and others.
The arts project “Stolen Crimea. The History of Deportation” includes 11 installations, where Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar artists reflect upon painful historical events through art and modern digital means.
The project is designed to show the emotions and the essence of the tragic events that repeat themselves century after century, and remind ourselves that unpunished and unjudged evil grows and attacks again. On 18-20 May 1944, by the order of the Soviet authorities, all Crimean Tatars were forcibly taken to Central Asia and the Ural. 46.2 percent of the people died in the first years of deportation. The deportation saw the entire culture destroyed with its customs and traditions.