Young woman with wreath of flowers standing on street. In the background burning cars and black smoke.
Past Exhibition

14th September 2023 – 25th February 2024


Photographs from Ukraine 1991-2023

When Russian troops invaded Ukraine in February 2022, what many people considered unimaginable ocurred: One European country attacked another. The exhibition "Independence! Photographs from Ukraine, 1991-2023" illustrates that the outbreak of war is not the beginning, but the dramatic escalation of a conflict between two states that has existed for a long time. The works of well-known Ukrainian photographers tell the eventful history of the second largest European country since ist independence in 1991. Chronologically divided into four parts, the exhibition documents the struggle for state independence, national identity and democracy: from the raising of the Ukrainian national flag on the parliament building in 1991, to an Euromaidan activist in front of burning barricades in 2014 and a caretaker in a school destroyed by rockets in the Donetsk region in 2017, to the evacuation of citizens after flooding caused by the destruction of the Kakhovka dam in 2023.

Ukrainian journalists often risk their lives for their work. Selected objects from the everyday work of the photographers Mstyslav Chernov and Evgeniy Maloletka are a vivid example of this. The photographers report at the risk of their lives from the encircled city of Mariupol in 2022. The work of their team was honored with the Pulitzer Prize in 2023. We show selected photographs of them, as well as objects such as a microphone and a camera that they used in their work.

A caretaker in a school destroyed by rockets in the Donetsk region in 2017
Activist of the women's movement FEMEN protests against the invasion of Russian troops in Ukraine.
Confrontation between demonstrators and police in Kiev.
Euromaidan on Independence Square in Kiev. Fighting between demonstrators and armed forces.
Return of ESC winner Jamal to her homeland.
Der obere Teil des Plakates besteht aus dem Foto einer Frau mit einem großen Kranz roter Blumen auf dem Kopf und einem schwarzen Halstuch mit roten Blumen über Mund und Nase. Sie hat lange schwarze Harre. Im Hintergrund sind Flammen und dicker Rauch auf einer Straße zu sehen. Auf dem Plakat steht in Hellblau und Gelb der Titel der Ausstellung auf Deutsch und Ukrainisch. Die Laufzeit ist 14.09.2023-25.2.2024.