HUSI Public Lecture by Serhy Yekelchyk
Moderated by Emily Channell-Justice
Any visitor to Kyiv will notice the unusual way in which the fallen heroes of the Euromaidan Revolution are being commemorated. The so-called Heavenly Hundred are remembered as individuals, with their small portraits and names arranged in a low-key, almost informal way serving as the equivalent of a major monument. The story is really more complex, because the winning project of the commemorative space still cannot be implemented, but it, too, is as far as it can be from the monumentalist Soviet tradition. The Lviv memorial of the Heavenly Hundred also eschews traditional forms in favor of a wall dotted with their portraits. In this talk, I will examine how the people’s revolution inaugurated a search for new forms of commemoration to reflect its democratic legacy.
Co-sponsored by the Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program