Ukrainian House in Kiev
Located on the European Square of Kiev, Ukrainian House was originally built in 1978-1982 as a museum to document the life and times of Vladimir Lenin. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1993, the building was renamed and today it is a multi-purpose complex for exhibitions, conferences, symposiums, festivals, concerts and other special. Also referred to as the Ukrayinsky Dim Culture Center, Ukrainian House is an impressive five-storey building featuring white marble and red granite, offering around 8850 square meters of exhibition area. Its position in the city center makes it the ideal venue for a wide range of events and is considered to be an important center of the business, political, civic and cultural life of Ukraine.
Among the events that have taken place at the Ukrayinsky Dim Culture Center are various artistic exhibitions, including an exhibition by Ihor Haiday in which he featured thirteen larger-than-life photographs presenting groups of people (as many as a thousand individuals) with well-known landmarks and other theme-based sites in the background. His aim was to raise awareness that individual energy, or individual people, can generate ‘collective energy’, particularly when the group of people are united by a common goal or set of values. Such energies have the potential to be either constructive or destructive. Among the those depicted in the huge photographs were children from an orphanage along with their teachers and nurses, all the inhabitants of a Carpathian village, a military unit, and a firefighter unit, to mention a few.
In 2008, Ukrainian House hosted an event related to the 75th anniversary of the Great Famine of 1932-1933, referred to as Holodomor, the Ukrainian word for Holocaust. Instigated by Josef Stalin, the famine was systematically created and sustained to subjugate the Ukrainian people who resisted the Soviet regime by means of starvation. Following the reinstatement of Ukraine’s independence, research was done into the damage caused by the famine and it was established that between seven and ten million people had died as a result of starvation. At an event at the Ukrainian House on 18 November 2008, the first in a series of publications highlighting this terrible time was presented. Named the Book of Memory, it contains up to 6,000 testimonies from those who survived. The event also featured a number of documentaries dedicated to revealing the immense suffering at the time, information which had been hidden from the world and is now public.