THE KMYTIV EXPERIMENT: HOW TO SPEAK WITH THE SOVIET PAST?

THE KMYTIV EXPERIMENT: HOW TO SPEAK WITH THE SOVIET PAST?

Nikita Kadan
Artist, author of the project "The Kmytiv Museum of the Soviet Art"
Yevgeniia Moliar
Art historian, art manager, member of the initiative "DE NE DE", author of the project "The Kmytiv Museum of the Soviet Art"
Olga Honchar
Cultural historian, director of the Memorial Museum of the Totalitarian Regimes "Territory of Terror"
Oksana Dovgopolova
Doctor of Philosophy, professor in the Department of Philosophy of the Odesa I.I. Mechnikov National University
Public discussion with the authors of the project "The Kmytiv Museum of Soviet Art, Named after I. D. Bukhanchuk".
2019 saw a unique experiment unfold, when Ukrainian artists and art historians suggested to transform the Kmytiv Museum of Fine Art named after I. D. Bukhanchuk, based in a small village of Kmytiv in Zhytomyr oblast, into a focal point of working through the Soviet past. Not a space for senseless admiration or bitter accusation, but for genuine working through the past.

The project is finished, but it managed to create quite a turmoil. It brought to the surface many problematic areas of the Ukrainian cultural space, identified painful issues, and showed potential paths for change. Together with the authors of the experiment we tried to understand, what it was: a final sentence or an opening of a new direction, victory or defeat.

The event took place on February 20, at Impact Hub Odesa.
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The project Past / Future / Art is implemented in partnership with forum ZFD Programme in Ukraine. forumZFD is an international non-governmental organisation, which supports civil society in countries affected by war and conflict. forumZFD works with experts in conflict transformation in Germany, and numerous other countries in Europe, Middle East and South-East Asia.