The Great Famine-Genocide in Soviet Ukraine (Holodomor)

Kyiv, Ukraine, November 21 through November 29th, 2003, Financial Sponsors Needed for the Art Exhibition

UKRAINE REPORT 2003  Information Service (ARTUIS)
Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, November 6, 2003

Kyiv, Ukraine.......A major Ukrainian Genocidal Famine 1932-1933 (Holodomor) Art Exhibition will be held at the Ukrainian House in Kyiv, Ukraine starting from Friday, November 21 through Saturday, November 29th.

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The Exhibition will open on Friday, November 21th just before the official day of commemoration in Ukraine which is Saturday, November 22nd. The Exhibition will be one of the main events held in Ukraine this year during the 70th year of commemoration of the genocidal famine. In Ukraine the tragedy of 1932-1933 is called "Holodomor," to kill, torture, and terrorize with hunger.

A special Exhibition organizing committee has been meeting in Kyiv now for three months to plan the art exhibition. A final agreement with the state government in Kyiv for a special rate to rent the Ukrainian House was finally reached on Monday, November 3.

The exhibition will feature around one-hundred selected works of art related to the devastating political famines that occurred in Ukraine in 1921-1923 and in 1932-1933. The exhibition will include rare paintings, illustrations, poster art, postcard art, graphics from past famine commemorations, sculptures, photographs and other visual art forms.

The Soviet government did not allow photographs to be taken of the famine victims in 1932-1933, did not allow foreign journalists to cover what was happening, did not allow international relief agencies to bring in food and medical supplies, did not allow artists, writers, poets, composers or anyone else to depict in anyway the tragic events. The Soviet government strongly denied to the world that millions of people were dying as a direct result of the repressive political actions taken by Stalin and the Soviet government.

In conjunction with the Art Exhibition there will be a special genocidal famine academic roundtable held on Friday, November 21th, documentaries about the famine will be shown at the Ukrainian House, there will be display of books written about the events in 1932-1933 when millions of people were starved to death. Other events are also planned.

An art exhibition catalog will also be prepared that will tell the story of the genocidal famine and provide information about the art works and the artists.

Plans are also being made to duplicate many of the art works and prepare around 100 or more mobile traveling art exhibitions which would be exhibited throughout Ukraine and the world from 2004 through 2008 when the 75th anniversary of the Ukrainian genocidal famine of 1932- 1933 (holodomor) commemoration activities will be held. The Exhibition planning committee has already had many requests to organize traveling exhibitions about the genocidal famine.

Members of the Ukrainian Genocidal Famine 1932-1933 Art Exhibition organizing committee have included: Prof. James Mace, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy; Natalia Dziubenko Mace, journalist; Luba Stasiv, Ukrainian Famines Researchers Association; Marta Kolomayets; Chief of Party, Partnership for a Transparent Society; Victoria Hubska, manager, Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) office in Kyiv; Oleksiy Kopytko, Ukraine 3000 Foundation; Olga Von Stallenberg, Institute of Ukrainian Studies; Morgan Williams, Vlad Lavrov and Yuriy Stankevych of the  Information Service (ARTUIS); Anatol Lysyj, Coordinating Committee to AID Ukraine; Prosvita Society, Markian Bilynskyj and Ludmyla Dudnyk, U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF).

The organizing committee has begun a fund raising campaign to cover the $7,500 cost of the exhibition and the related events. Financial sponsors are needed for the exhibition. Please contact members of the Committee for further information and to become a financial sponsor for this major series of events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the genocidal famine in Ukraine 1932-1933. The names of the financial sponsors will be included in the exhibition catalog.

The committee wishes to thank the Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, Constantine, Metropolitan, South Bound Brook, New Jersey, for becoming the first major sponsor of the Ukrainian 1932-33 Genocidal Famine Art Exhibition in Kyiv.

Individual contributions to support the program of the Ukrainian Genocidal Famine 1932-1933 Art Exhibition Committee in Kyiv are needed and can be made by sending funds to the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF), in Washington, D.C.,

Checks should be made out to the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF) and then clearly identified as being for the Ukrainian Genocidal Famine Art Exhibition Fund (or "UGFAEF") in the memo section of the check.



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