Collective environmental work of art, 2015
Calling Kyiv? is an environmental work of art, which was made it with the help of the pupils from Kyiv's comprehensive school. In the first stage, pupils gathered memories and stories of the meaningful places from the people in Kyiv. Based on these stories artists structured four guided tours on which the audience can familiarize themselves on these locations. Sites are marked with small plates. From the plates you can read the story of the interviewed person. There are 26 places marked by the plates all together.
Calling Kyiv? is a monument for local identity and for the remembrance of your own history. This work of art records the local micro history and recent history. At the same time, it offers an alternative for the "official" way of writing history that has an alienating viewpoint towards personal experiences: what someone has experienced on that particular location and what it means to her/him.
Site 1: The Kontraktova Square
"I love to come here to concerts and this is a good place to meet somebody anytime."
Jaroslaw from Donetsk
Site 2: Frolivska
"This is a place, where I can get real help, not only empty promises."
Andrei from Donetsk
Site 3: The Vladimir's Hills
"It gives me a wonderful feeling, when I see the river and a view to the other side."
Viktor from Pervomaisk
Site 4: The Maidan Square
"I have seen this square before and after the revolution and I know how it has changed."
Valentina from Luhanskv
Site 5: The Botanical Garden
"All blooming here makes me to forget this war."
Alla from Donetsk