"There are no tyrannies that would not try to limit art, because they can see the power of art. Art can tell the world things that cannot be shared otherwise. It is art that conveys feelings."

 - Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the President of Ukraine 

Уяви Україну – Мистецтво як критичне ставлення / Imagine Ukraine – Art as a Critical Attitude

©Photo: Pat Verbruggen
"Обійми" live у Харкові, 14 квітня 2022 /"Hug me" live in Kharkiv, April 14, 2022, 2022

The performance took place on April 14, 2022 in Kharkiv in the yard of the famous Palace of Labour, destroyed by Russian shelling. It was built in 1916 and survived World War II but suffered significant damage during the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022. A special version of the song "Hug me" by the band Okean Elzy was initially filmed for the opening of the Ukrainian pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale (2022), entitled This is Ukraine: defending freedom.

vocal, piano - Svyatoslav Vakarchuk

quartet - Acoustics art group