2024-06-17

Exchange of traditions "Intercultural Family Picnic": photo exhibition "Traditions of Poltava Region: Living Pictures"

On June 15, the Polish city of Torun hosted the international festival "Exchange of Traditions. "Intercultural Family Picnic" was held in the framework of the cooperation between the the Ukrainian Women’s League  and the Scientific Society for the History of Diplomacy and International Relations, where an ethnic photo exhibition "Traditions of Poltava Region: Living Pictures" was held.

The author of the presented works is Anna Senik, a well-known ethnographer in Ukraine and abroad, the founder of the Ukrainian ethnography trend. She is the author of more than 200 ethnic photo shoots both in Ukraine and abroad. Most of her works are devoted to traditional clothing, but she also pays attention to military history: she is a co-author of the photo project "Warrior", which recreates the images of members of Ukrainian military formations of the past. The peculiarity of her work is that she uses authentic old clothes, antiques, and reconstructions of authenticity. It is also important that the models are not professionals, but mostly ordinary people.

The exhibition is curated by Yanina Barybina, an ally and project manager of the Union of Ukrainian Women's NGO PROosvitoria.

The Creative Day of Intercultural Interaction was held in fruitful cooperation between the Ukrainian Women’s League  and the Scientific Society for the History of Diplomacy and International Relations, represented by its leaders Orystlava Sydorchuk and Iryna Matiash.

"We were amazed by the depth and beauty of the works presented. Each photo seems to come to life before our eyes, telling us about the richness of the cultural heritage and traditions of Poltava region. Each shot is full of emotion and warmth, reflecting the soul and strength of our people. I thank everyone who contributed to the organization of the event for such a wonderful opportunity to touch our unique cultural heritage," said Mrs. Orystlava.

 

The guests of the event felt the true spirit of Poltava region, which was recreated by the unique live photographs of the artist Anna Senik. Visitors also joined the Ukrainian courtyard and sang Ukrainian songs accompanied by bandura, which was a great delight.

 

"The exhibition was made possible thanks to the titanic work and support of Iryna Matiash, head of the Scientific Society for the History of Diplomacy and International Relations, Orystlava Sydorchuk, head of the the Ukrainian Women’s League, Dr. Krzysztof Nierzwicki, director of the Main Library of the Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu, and the Maria Znamierska-Prüferer Museum in Toruń. Krzysztof Nierzwicki, and the Maria Znamierowska-Prufferowa Ethnographic Museum in Toruń. Sincere gratitude for the opportunity to present a project that speaks eloquently about Ukrainian identity through the images in Anna Senik's works. It is a pleasure to be among people who honor, study, and multiply the traditions of their people," summarized the event organizer Yanina Barybina.