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Tunnelling Towards Hope

28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.


Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.


Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.


On the Sofa with...
Brucie Collections Vadym Yatsenko is known for a lot of things, his love of collecting being one of them. Reacting to the insinuation that his hobby includes little more than the inanimate, saying, Who told you I only collect things?, emotions, journeys, businesses and allies also seem to be among this love of accumulating. Gearing up for a new installation, Under the X-ray by Nick Veasey, we talk to the gallery owner and find out which of these items are the most important.
Does it ever happen to you that while you are waiting for one thing, you get a whole stream of something else? You walk into a bookshop, for instance, looking for one specific novel. But in the end you walk out with a whole stack of books. People might be novels in a certain way as well.

Have you heard of Lavika? Even better, have you heard Lavika? Over a million people and fast rising have watched this hot and up-and-coming Ukrainian band on YouTube. Theyre just bringing out their debut album Sun in the Shape of a Heart and soon will be on tour, hitting venues across Ukraine.
I was fortunate enough to see Lavika live last December at a concert where many top Ukrainian bands were performing. They bounded onto stage with such effervescence there was a palpable surge in energy across the room. Lead singer Luba is simply stunning, with vocals that reach right into your soul and a magnetic stage presence. On percussion, Vanya is an electrified ball of rhythmic energy, striking his keyboard but also moving to the music in a way which is quite simply mesmerising.

Awarded Best Music Video at the recent Yearly Ukrainian National Awards (YUNA), Russian director, Oleksandr Solokha takes the honour in stride. It is not his first, nor will it be his last. An inexhaustible store of ideas guarantees accolades in the dozens yet to come.
According to Oleksandr, his career began at the age of six when he started painting animals. He thought of these pictures as stills from the movies he was gong to make, and almost as if he could see into the future, he would autograph them. Thinking back, they made a sort of storyboard. But at that time, he had no clue what that meant.
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You must have seen this girl before: tall, beautiful, crown-bearing. As Miss Ukraine 2011, Yaroslava Kuryacha has to be stunning. But you have no idea what an inner beauty she is as well.
Everyone knows the mirror, mirror on the wall bit, and if its Yaroslava Kuryacha asking the question, we all know the answer. She doesnt even need to prove it her Miss Ukraine 2011 crown says it all. But lets be frank. When addressing the loveliest of the lovelies, little more than a dissertation about competitions and catwalk is usually expected. I, however, am happy to report that was not the case this time round, as 19-year old Yaroslava wears as many hats as possible.

Its hard to put a price on art. All pieces are subjective, individual and worth what anyone is willing to pay for them. As the newest winner of the PinchukArt Centre Prize, the works of Mykyta Kadan are valued at 100,000 hryvnia. But thats just a starting point. He is also a member of the Revolutionary Experimental Space project, a group aimed at promoting contemporary art in society. Alone or together, the possibilities are endless.
Mykyta Kadan was one of 20 nominees for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2011. He entered the competition with his art object Pedestal. The Practice of Exclusion.

One sunny, winter afternoon, I picked up the telephone to find a confident, self-possessed individual on the other line by the name of Oleksandr Nyemoy. Whats On agrees to charitable donations in the way of interviews and features on a regular basis, and Mr Nyemoy had recently uncovered a certificate hed won a while back in his desk. Was it still valid? Yes, I assured him it was. Where would we meet was the next question, whereupon he appeared in the office the next day. Knowing only the name of this mysterious businessman, I was eager to learn more.
Slightly apprehensive about how the interview with the question mark would go, I was sitting at my desk when a colleague mentioned someone was here to see me.

Ksenia Chernova has packed her suitcase and will be off shortly to one of the most romantic cities in the world. With a flash of her smile and a toss of her curly locks, this girl lit up the floor at the Whats On Face of Kyiv Final. Now shes headed to light up Paris.
Whats On embarked on a new competition at the beginning of last year. Inviting all the girls of Kyiv to send in their photos as well as a little information about themselves, we rounded them up on 26 January to crown the most beautiful with gifts that included a professional photo shoot, a 1-year modelling contract with Merilyn Media Group and a week in Paris with return business class tickets and 6 nights in a 4-star hotel for two.
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Mary Semenchenko is only 18, but, regardless of her young age, she has an eye for detail and a trigger-happy finger to match. What is her secret? What are her tricks? What are the keys that open the doors to fashion and photography here in Ukraine?
Ive seen her stuff. Im impressed. I hop on a train to her hometown of Lviv to find out more.
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British-born and Kyiv-residing, singer, song-writer and Ugly Mother Records producer Nicky Rubin has led a well-travelled life. While still chasing the dream, he continues to fall in and out of love under skies on almost all continents, saying his experiences are what make up most of the content on his six records. Playing a set down at a little piano café on Kontraktova Ploscha, hell be bearing his gypsy soul to an intimate audience this weekend.

Boy enters nightclub. Boy is enamoured by the DJs, the ambiance, the atmosphere. Boy dedicates his life to electronic music attracting thousands to the mystery of music in the process. Who is the boy? Kirill Markovich, better known as DJ Doomski.
This is the story of one man behind the turntable of one of Kyivs most exclusive clubs Buddha Bar. Representing this revered sage as well as his country at some top international music festivals, Kirill Markovich is among the countrys musical cream of the crop.
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Ukraine Truth
Rights We Didnt Know We Had

Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they dont understand the meaning of these words.

Kyiv Culture

Pulling Strings
Located on Hrushevskoho Street the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades childrens favourite the Academic Puppet Theatre had to shut down in February. Nevertheless, it is getting ready to reopen this March with a renewed repertoire to bring some laughter back to a scene of tragedy. Operating (not manipulating) puppets is a subtle art that can make kids laugh and adults cry. Whats On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.


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