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28.08.2014 – 21.09.2014
War. 11 Portraits
Curator: Oksana Barshynova
National Art Museum of Ukraine
presents the photoexhibiton
by Taras Polataiko
WAR. 11 PORTRAITS
ВІЙНА. 11 ПОРТРЕТІВ
August 28 - September 21, 2014
Curator Oksana Barshynova
Taras Polataiko's project "War. 11 Portraits" opens the charity fundraising program LIONS DO NOT FORSAKE THOSE OF THEIR KIND, initiated by NAMU to help wounded soldiers and museums that suffered in the zone of ATO (Anti-Terroristic Operation).
Taras Polataiko's project "War. 11 Portraits" opens NAMU's [National Art Museum of Ukraine's] charity fundraising initiative to help wounded soldiers and museums which have suffered and been damaged within the zone of the ATO (Anti-Terrorism Operation).
For several days in early August the artist talked with patients of the surgical department of the Central Military Clinical Hospital in Kyiv who came there from the front with serious injuries. Polataiko had ?11 photo-portraits taken and recorded the stories of the people who have been in the inferno of war. They are very different people: volunteers, mobilized and contract soldiers, veterans of the Afghanistan War.
The project provides us with an opportunity to overcome our fear of war at a time when the media is bombarding us with war images daily. It gives us a chance to make our own choice of what to do: to remain an observer or act, help, share, and support.
The artist is grateful to Pavlo Terekhov for photography.