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MAIDAN: Road To Freedom

  • Stay Gallery 11140 Downey Ave Downey, CA, 90241 United States (map)

Throughout history, there have been all too many examples of oppression, subjugation and tyranny. But the desire for freedom of action and expression is a driving force of human nature. Almost one year ago such a force rose to conquer oppression at the Maidan in central Kyiv. History will reveal whether the will of the people triumphed over greed and corruption.

In late 2013, a scattering of student gatherings in Maidan Square (Kyiv, Ukraine) exploded into a huge, but peaceful, daily public protest after President Viktor Yanukovych reneged on his promise to sign a European trade agreement. The government reacted with violence, protestors were killed and the resulting public outrage forced Yanukovych to flee the country. Artists were active in the movement from the start. Now a traveling exhibit of their work comes to Stay Gallery after successful runs in Berlin, London and New York.

Original paintings, posters, photographs, film and music will be exhibited by participants in the months-long uprising in Eastern Europe that ousted a corrupt president and his regime. Audio recordings and genuine artifacts such as gas masks, helmets and homemade shields give the visitors the sounds and feel of this modern revolution.

Participating artists include painter Matviy Vaisberg, photographers Igor Gaidai, Maxim Dondyuk, Olexander Glyadeylov, Anton Trofymov, the Strike-Plakat poster group and others. Documentary films will be screened. The exhibit is curated by Serhiy “Foma” Fomenko, who compiled the soundtrack for the exhibit. Mr. Fomenko will be at the show opening reception and throughout the showing.

The Ukrainian Art Center, Inc. is honored to present this exhibition, curated by Serhiy Fomenko, featuring artists inspired by events unfolding in Ukraine.


Saturday, Jan 24
Exhibit available for viewing 1p - 7p

1p - 2p
Panel discussion via Skype with artists in Kyiv: Matviy Vaisberg, Maxim Dondyuk, Olexander Glyadyelov, Igor Gaidai and Oleksiy Sai. Moderated by Serhiy Fomenko

2p - 2:30p
Welcoming words by members of Ukrainian Art Center and guests.

2:30p - 3:30p
Serhiy "FOMA" Fomenko live performance

Maidan food by Lyalya Lisowska

Sunday, Jan 25
Exhibit available for viewing 2p - 7p

5p - 7p
"Dancing Diplomats" film screening

Monday, Jan 26 & Tuesday, Jan 27
Exhibit available for viewing 12p - 5p

Sigma Bleyzer Foundation
DAR Foundation

For more information, contact:
Daria Chaikovsky

Earlier Event: January 23
The Roast of Mario Guerra
Later Event: January 31
Winter Blues: A Group Exhibit