How Ukrainian creatives are reacting to the Russian invasion – SURFACE
Tensions between Ukraine and Russia are escalating as the Kremlin orders Russian troops to storm the country and assert the Crimean region’s independence from Ukraine. Many countries have condemned the attacks and imposed sanctions on Russia, with expressions of solidarity with Ukraine circulating on social networks. Within creative spheres, attacks venture into ideological territory. Last summer, Russian President Vladimir Putin published an essay outlining what he claims are centuries-old cultural ties between Ukraine and Russia, essentially insinuating that Ukraine has no distinct national identity. Critics decried the essay as an outrageous attempt to advance Russia’s strained foreign policy and stoke a wider culture war.
“What’s happening now is a form of neo-colonialism,” said Olesia Ostrovska-Liuta, director of Kyiv’s Mystetskyi Arsenal art hall. Artnet News at the beginning of February. Over the past eight years, artists have coalesced into a cultural boycott of Russia in protest, from musicians refusing to perform there to conservatives and institutions engaging in an ‘unwritten boycott’ of artists from Russia. Eastern Europe in the international sphere. Before Russia’s actions this week, people were going about their daily routines as Ivan Frolov, founder of Ukrainian fashion brand Frolov, said. WWD. “There is no panic. But everyone is ready for anything. We have prepared all our documents and warm clothes. We are ready for anything but we go about our usual lives. We believe in our government and in its ability to solve this problem diplomatically. We hope that Europe and the United States will help solve this conflict and protect us.
The hope that diplomacy would prevail gave way to a harsh new reality. Conductor Oksana Lyniv hopes the world will see Putin’s true face, saying it’s clear he wants to destroy an independent nation with its own culture, language, history, art and identity. Meanwhile, Ivan Dorn, the famous singer and coach of The Voice of Ukrainetook to Instagram to ask his Russian fans to speak out: “Please…spread the message that Ukraine is an independent and sovereign state. Please let’s stop this. disaster.
Pussy Riot’s Russian musician Nadezhda (Nadya) Tolokonnikova joined Dorn in showing her outrage on social media, who made her feelings pretty clear when she called Putin a “clown psychopath” in her stories. She also took action immediately, joining forces with Trippy Labs and PleasrDAO members to announce DAO from Ukraine on Twitter today. “Our goal is to raise funds to donate to Ukrainian civil organizations that help those who are suffering from the war Putin has started in Ukraine,” Pussy Riot said. tweeted. “We are going to buy an NFT of the Ukrainian flag.” The drop will consist of 10,000 Ukrainian Flag NFTs minted on Ethereum and a single NFT to attract top contributors, with proceeds benefiting the Return Alive Foundation and NGO Proliska.
For many, feelings of pessimism pervade. “We understand that the current situation is transitory; it can change from day to day,” says poet and writer Serhij Zhadan DW. “Although I am happy that some Russian artists have taken a clear position, their voices have no chance of being heard. I have many old friends, including artists and writers, who believe that Ukraine wants to attack Russia and others – that’s where Putin’s propaganda has already had its effect.
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