Opening of the exhibitions 'Ukraine Narrates' and 'Mom, I Don't Want War'

24 of February 2023

On Thursday, 24 February 2023, the exhibitions “Ukraine Narrates” and “Mom, I Don’t Want War” were inaugurated. The event was organised in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland. Distinguished speakers included His Excellency Mr. Andrii Taran, the Ambassador of Ukraine to Slovenia, and His Excellency Dr. Krzysztof Olendzki, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Slovenia.

The event featured performances by young Ukrainian musicians who are part of the “Music for the Future” project. Platon Malahovskyi, aged 7, delivered a recital, while 13-year-old Viktoria Fursova played her original composition, “Melody,” on the keyboard.

The “Ukraine Narrates” exhibition gives voice to Ukrainian refugees, displaced from their homes due to the war that began on 24 February 2022, who now reside in Slovenia. Displayed alongside twenty-six of their stories are objects these refugees brought from their homeland, symbolizing their flight to safety. The exhibition not only presents the human face of ordinary people caught in a war conflict but also depicts life before the onset of the war, the moment the war was declared, the decision to leave, the journey to Slovenia, and their arrival. Furthermore, eight associated stories highlight specific instances of Slovenian aid and the positive integration of refugees into their new Slovenian environment. The exhibition was made possible by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and was curated by the Museum of Contemporary and Modern History of Slovenia. The exhibition’s author is Katarina Jurjavčič.

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