Culture as the mainstay for Ukrainian Identity

With Michiel Driebergen and Tatiana Kochubinska, among others
Saturday, June 15
3:30 PM (doors open at 3:00 PM)

Practical information
Admission is free
Language: English

To accompany the exhibition Ukrainian Diary by Boris Mikhailov, Fotomuseum Den Haag is organizing a talk about the importance of art and culture in times of war and oppression.


When national borders are under pressure, culture becomes the mainstay for maintaining national identity. This also seems to apply to Ukraine, where the current war against their country forms a new episode in a long series of successive dominations.

Joining us is Michiel Driebergen, a Dutch journalist who works for, among others, the daily newspaper Trouw and the Radio 1 program Bureau Buitenland (VPRO). Driebergen has been reporting from Ukraine for a long time and recently received the prestigious journalistic award, De Tegel, for his work there. We will talk with him about the history of Ukraine and which changes he has seen in the fields of language, art, and culture due to the war.

We will also speak with Tatiana Kochubinska, curator, writer, and teacher with a focus on contemporary Ukrainian art. Her attention is directed towards the influence of Soviet history on contemporary Ukrainian society and culture.

Photographers Alex Blanco and Hanna Hrabarska, both Ukrainian but currently living in the Netherlands, will talk about their photography projects in which longing for Ukrainian culture is central, each in their own way.

The moderation is in the hands of Nadine Ridder, known for opinion pieces in leading newspapers including NRC Handelsblad, Het Parool and De Volkskrant. At platforms such as Oneworld and Lilith Magazine, Nadine plays an active role in promoting equality and justice in the public debate.

Drinks and snacks
The talk will end with a get-together where drinks and Ukrainian snacks, based on recipes from Alex Blanco’s mother, will be served. You can also view Blanco’s photo project Meat, Fish & Aubergine Caviar, which is displayed in our lounge where the reception takes place.

The talk is free to attend. If you wish to visit the Ukrainian Diary exhibition beforehand, regular entrance fees apply.

This program is made possible with the support of the V-fonds.

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Performance Ukrainian singing group KORALI

Let yourself be carried away amidst the photos of Ukrainian photographer Boris Mikhailov by the sounds of the acapella singing group KORALI. Inspired by specific works of Mikhailov, they sing Ukrainian songs.

KORALI performs three times on July 7th: at 13:30, 14:30, and 15:30.

To attend the performance, a museum ticket is required. Purchase it online or at the ticket counter.

Vocal group KORALI is an acapella singing group that promotes the Ukrainian choral singing tradition in the Netherlands. KORALI consists of music lovers who live and work in The Hague and its surroundings and enjoy singing together. Their repertoire mainly consists of arrangements of Ukrainian folk songs focusing on nature and love, as well as religious songs from the Ukrainian Greek Catholic mass.
The group participates in various cultural events and projects to spread Ukrainian vocal culture and strengthen ties between Ukraine and the Netherlands.

Ukrainian Diary
KORALI's performance takes place in the exhibition Ukrainian Diary by Boris Mikhailov. Ukrainian Diary is the largest retrospective in the Netherlands dedicated to the Ukrainian photographer and artist Boris Mikhailov.

KORALI's performance is part of the public program organized alongside the Ukrainian Diary exhibition. The exhibition and public program are made possible by the V-Fonds: the fund for freedom, democracy, and veterans.

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Ukrainian International Ballet

We conclude the exhibition Ukrainian Diary by Boris Mikhailov in a special way: with a performance by the dance company Ukrainian International Ballet.

Amidst Boris Mikhailov's works, the dance company will give a sneak preview of their latest production, Ballet24.Independent, which premieres a week later at the Korzo Theater in The Hague.

The company performs three times on August 18th: at 13:30, 14:30, and 15:30.

The performance is free to attend, but a museum ticket is required. It can be purchased online or at the ticket counter.

About Ukrainian International Ballet
Ukrainian International Ballet consists of dancers from all corners of Ukraine, brought together by the war in their homeland and now residing in The Hague. Founded in 2022 with the mission of preserving Ukrainian dance culture, the company has produced multiple performances.

The performance by Ukrainian International Ballet is part of the public program organized alongside the Ukrainian Diary exhibition. The exhibition and public program are made possible by the V-Fonds: the fund for freedom, democracy, and veterans.

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