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Henry M. Robert

“A photo with its own destiny”

First impressions from Den’s photo exhibition in Lutsk
13 March, 2014 - 11:42

It was very crowded in the library hall of the Lesia Ukrainka East European National University last Friday, since an exhibition of the best photos of The Day’s 2013 Photo Contest with the participation of the newspaper’s editor-in-chief Larysa Ivshyna was open. Also, the new series “Subversive Literature” from The Day’s Library was presented. Actually, the presentation turned into a dynamic and in-depth conversation about the urgent problems we face today. Since their roots, as Ivshyna convincingly proved, lie in our unstudied past. This proves once more the relevance of The Day’s work on spreading the knowledge of history.

Now the hospitable hall of the EENU library is open for everyone who is willing to see the life in Ukraine in 2013, captured in photos of both professional and amateur photographers. Besides, the exhibition was completed with a display of photos of the Euromaidan specially for Volhynians. As a reminder, the exhibition will be open through March 23, and visitors will be able to vote for the best photo until then. Also, it is possible to subscribe to Den/The Day or purchase publications of our Library. By the way, the traditional action “Give The Day’s Library to Your School” took place last Friday. Ihor Palytsia’s New Lutsk Charity Foundation presented the newest collections of “Subversive Literature” to Lutsk schools, and Lutsk resident Tetiana Tyvodar made a present to Modest Levytsky Gymnasium No. 4, where her son studies.

Read the most interesting parts of the conversation in Lutsk in the next issue of The Day. Here are the first impressions of the Photo Exhibit visitors.

Iryna POLIETUKHA, head of the Student Academic Association, Lesia Ukrainka East European National University, graduate, the Philology and Journalism Institute:

“You can instantly feel that this year’s exhibition of The Day is different from all the previous ones, first of all because of the sentiments. Felicitous perspectives capture moments of everyday life and enhance the details and shades of emotions. Now the gallery has been completed with photos from Maidan. Photos taken during the revolution in Turkey are placed beside them. In general, the majority of photos are perceived from a different point of view now. At the meeting with EENU students Larysa Ivshyna talked about the events in Ukraine and the need for Ukrainians to comprehend humanitarian policy. The editor-in-chief’s message to young scholars was clear and simple. I remembered the most her call for integration within the country, activation of the national resources, and intensified study of historic and cultural sources. Books from “Subversive Literature” series became an object of discussion during the meeting. I would like to say special thanks to the editorial staff for Humanitarian Aura of the Nation by Lina Kostenko, which was printed along with works by George Shevelov, Mykhailo Hrushevsky, Jerzy Giedroyc.

“The intellectual space of the newspaper itself and books published by The Day is aimed at the minimization of risks of cultural and political influence on Ukrainians. I think it is the best to visit the Photo Exhibit after reading specific issues of the paper (I will not go into more detailed advertising). One can notice the connection of conceptual meaning between the ambiguous plots of photos and books.”

Viktoria VELYCHKO, photographer:

“In my opinion, the exhibition is captivating and professional, I had an impression I came to an exhibition of Reuters photos. It is cool that there are people who organize such events, because Ukrainian photographers are extremely talented, and people must see it. This is a kind of cross-section of our time, society, the life in it. I liked a lot of works: the Ukrainian world can be seen in photos taken by Olena Shovkoplias during the harvesting of apples, or in Yevhen Malolietka’s Making Bryndza. I was impressed by a photo The Hanging Gardens of Babylon by Hanna Korbut, where an old lady is walking on the old floor near windows with a bottle of water to water her plants. She can barely walk and has to hold on to the wall with her other hand. This is the best photo, I even voted for it. Portraits Together by Vasyl Pylypiuk and Miner by Oleksii Furman are quite fascinating as well. It is curios that there are a lot of photos that depict not only Ukrainians’ lives. In particular, you can see photos by Mstyslav Chornov taken during protests in Turkey, you get goose bumps from looking at them. And of course, photos from Euromaidan are absolutely precious. My personal favorites are a photo of the man with pigeons and, of course, the grey-haired photographer with three cameras hanging from his neck.”

Prepared by Tetiana KUSHNERYK, Lutsk; Olha KHARCHENKO, The Day