New Photo Exhibition in Kyiv
A new exhibition of photographs, following the lives of ten Ukrainian activists, was recently opened in Kyiv
A new exhibition of photographs, following the lives of ten Ukrainian activists, was recently opened in the Ukrainian capital. They include individuals who protect the rights of people near the front line, representatives of the LGBT community, and those who promote diversity and inclusion.
One of the stands at photo exhibition about Ukrainian activists tells the story of Yevhen Vasylyev. When Russian aggression in the Donbas began, he moved from the occupied city of Luhansk to Kyiv, and started a charitable foundation called ‘East SOS’.
For several years now, Vasylyev has been helping other IDPs to settle in Ukrainian government controlled territory and start their lives from scratch.
“I was engaged in humanitarian aid. We had a division called ‘East SOS — Liberated Cities’. We went to the front line and brought humanitarian aid for people: medicine, equipment, food, clothes, and books,” he said.
Among the other topics raised by organizers of the exhibition are the rights of people with disabilities, gender equality, prisoners’ rights, and LGBT rights.
“We have become accustomed to photographing people who have problems, and of compassionate stories. But the people who help others aren’t noticed,” photographer, Kseniya Kravtsova said.
The project, titled ‘At Home Among Their Own’ is supported by the United Nations Development Program in Ukraine. It’s aimed at raising awareness of the most widespread human rights violations.
“The project is five years long. It has been running from 2019 and will last through 2023. It is funded by the government of Denmark in order to advance human rights in Ukraine in various spheres,” Human Rights Project coordinator of the UN Development Program in Ukraine, Svitlana Kulyshko said.
In Kyiv, the exhibition will be open for five days. Then, it will go to other Ukrainian cities.