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"What is your name?" - "What is your name?" - dialogue with displaced families to promote peace  and social cohesion

Kyiv, November 17 - "Art Arsenal" will host a large-scale exhibition "What is your name?" from 8 to 25 December, covering social inclusion and integration of displaced families and their children. Organizers of the event are the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Ministry of temporarily occupied territories and IDPs of Ukraine, media group StarLightMedia, FILM.UA Group and National Cultural-Art and Museum Complex "Art Arsenal". The art coordinator of the exhibition is  Catherine Taylor.

More than 580,000 children are affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine, over 230 thousand children were forced to leave their homes. According to UNICEF, about 200 thousand of them are in need of psychological help.

"The saddest thing is that children are those mostly affected by conflicts. To help them overcome fear and confusion, and return to normal life is our joint responsibility", - said Giovanna Barberis, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine, commenting on the initiative.

"Nowadays, internally displaced people should not be seen as a problem for the state, rather as an extra powerful resource for working on peace building issues and developing new approaches to address many critical issues related to the conflict. Creation of appropriate conditions and equal opportunities for all community members, regardless of previous residence is a unique opportunity for the country to become progressive, powerful and prosperous. Our Ministry puts people and their needs and aspirations at the centre of attention. It is from this position that we build an integration policy and post-conflict recovery, "said Vadym Chernysh, Minister of temporarily occupied territories and IDPs Ukraine.

“Working on the exhibition, we tried to not only talk about a problem, about damage and suffering, that displaced people continue going through. It is essential to show the solutions and ways out of the situation. We believe that better, more inclusive education for our children can be such a solution, putting education and integration through education at the center of all the priorities of our society in the coming years, "- said Olesya Ostrovska-Lyuta, Director General of “Art Arsenal".

"We want to show not differences between the lives of the families of displaced people and the rest of the society, but things that bring us together – human values ​​and habits. The only thing that separates us from people who were forced to leave their homes is artificial psychological barriers. These barriers create new ideologies and increasing negative stereotypes separating the society. This exhibition we will help overcome barriers through art and facilitate psychological rehabilitation of IDP children "- explains curator Catherine Taylor.

"It's not that often that you get a chance to change the world, or at least try. We work on the project "You are among us" and on the exhibition "What is your name" in a team with excellent partners – this is chance that we could not afford to lose”, said Polina Tolmacheva, marketing director of FILM.UA Group.
The exhibition brings together a number of thematic projects, organizers and partners - from art works, audiovisual content, VR, film screenings, theatre performances and art space for public lectures and seminars for the media. It was organized as part of a wider campaign "You are among us", which aims to draw attention to the problems of IDP families and children in Ukraine. The campaign was developed together by UNICEF and StarLightMedia FILM.UA Group, with the support of the Ministry of temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons.

The partners of the exhibition include the Ministry of Social Policy, Ukrainian Crisis Media Center, Art Management; among partners for special projects – Samsung, Fund Isolation, DOCUDAYS UA, Odessa International Film Festival, Culture medial; Partners of the discussion platform - Daryna Zholdak Foundation, IDPs Theatre, Zasutsky Architects; Media partners – Prosto Radio, BIT.UA magazine, Radio Aristocrats.



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