‘Bastion’ gallery in Ivano-Frankivsk exhibits artwork made by soldiers after rehabilitation in Carpathians.
Radiosviboda reports this.
The exhibition is called ‘Journeys of ‘Creative Kryjivka’: creative kilometers’ and it displays artwork made by soldiers only.
Kryjivka is a special hiding place under ground used by Ukrainian Insurgent Army in early 20 c.
Ukrainian servicemen were on rehabilitation in private houses, they restored their body and soul by painting.
Olga Solomiychuk hosted the thirteenth group of soldiers. She said that they lived with soldiers like one big family: living, hiking, horse riding, rafting – they did it all together.
The exhibition in Ivano-Frankivsk displays pictured painted by soldiers from groups seven to thirteen.
8 of 11 servicemen who were members of the last group came to Ivano-Frankivsk. Soldier Volodymyr from Chernihiv said that he first took brush in his hand during rehabilitation and didn’t even hope he could do something good. However, now serviceman says that he feels better after painting.
According to artist, head of Charitable Foundation ‘Creative Kryjivka’ Vitalina Maslova, creativity is one of ways to return serviceman to civilian life.
‘However, we do not deal with art-therapy exclusively’, – she sais.
‘Creative Kryjivka’ has developed a comprehensive approach of creative rehabilitation where three main factors are combined: creative work, nature and social aspect of communication.
According to Maslova, when artworks are created they use ‘healing effect of work with light, darkness and color, academic art as such is not present’.