Sunday, 3 Mar 2024

The everyday items giving a glimpse into the true brutality of Ukraine conflict

A bottle of flour, a soldier’s hat, a well-used pencil. Everyday objects that sit suspended in space and time, frozen in clear cubes across two museums in Kyiv and Lviv.

These unremarkable artefacts act as contemporary exhibits; reminders of lives lost and families broken in Ukraine.

The items are part of the War Fragments project, which offers powerful visual representation of the impact of the war on people’s lives. Each cube represents a story of survival, capturing the personal experiences of those affected.

300 objects were taken from de-occupied towns and villages around Ukraine, the territories that suffered the most and each, sunk in epoxy resin, is accompanied by a unique story of the horrors of war. Among them a pair of baby socks, artillery found in a private garden and a small Ukrainian flag.

With the cubes eventually being auctioned off, the funds will go to children and military men hurt in the conflict.

Tetyana Fiks, one of the exhibition’s co-founders, tells ‘This project means a lot to people.

‘We all understand what these stories are telling. When you live in Ukraine and you have missile attacks almost every day, all parts of Ukraine feel it. The war is inside every one of us.’

Here, we take a look at just some of the pieces on display and get a glimpse of the harrowing stories behind them.

For more information about the exhibition, click here.


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