We No Longer Feel the Future - Eretz Israel Museum

We No Longer Feel the Future
Homage to Ukraine

Maryna Shtanko, Pop-Soviet, 2021-2018
Maryna Shtanko, Pop-Soviet, 2021-2018

The brutal war in Ukraine, which began in February 2022, continues unabated and there is no end in sight. The ruthless Russian invasion of the country claims ever more lives of innocent civilians, but has not paralyzed its creative powers. Although most artists have been forced to leave Ukraine, they continue to create – with the modest means available to them – and see their work as part of their struggle for their homeland.

The idea to curate an exhibition as a tribute to the Ukrainian people, in the face of the horrors of the war, was spontaneous. It developed into a documentation of complex war stories and descriptions of life in Ukraine from the point of view of the participating artists, in view of the world’s tendency to turn a blind eye to what is happening.

The exhibition presents a selection of works by twelve prominent women artists, eleven of whom were active in Ukraine. Most of them have found temporary refuge in various European countries. They accepted the invitation to participate in the exhibition as they see this as another means of raising global public awareness of what is happening in their country. Alongside them, Zoya Cherkassky – a Ukrainian-born Israeli artist – presents a series of protest drawings that cry out against the war.