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One Day More, a new art installation by Ukrainian artist Yevgenia Belorusets Back

One Day More, a new art installation by Ukrainian artist Yevgenia Belorusets

1 Sep 2022

Photo by Georgi Plis

September 6 – October 29 2022
Citizens’ Garden

One day more is a powerful artwork by Ukrainian artist Yevgenia Belorusets commissioned by EUNIC Brussels and the European Cultural Foundation, to support those who are working and living in the war zone. Produced in Kharkiv, under exceptional circumstances of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, the artwork is transported across borders, finding its temporary home in the Citizens’ Garden of the European Parliament in Brussels.

The table, a sign of solidarity, hopes to become a place of gathering and sharing, and a place to contemplate the words of Yevgenia Belorusets’ wartime diary. With entries from the diary carved into the surfaces of the table, these experiences are engraved into the hard metal as well as that of collective memory.   

 “Called One day more, this installation allows me to ponder the weight of a single day in the warzone. Words become one with things. In this war, the ruins of objects and cities will bear witness together with human beings. The surface of this object becomes rusted over: memory grows less distinct, but it does not vanish” shares Yevgenia Belorusets. 

The artwork is commissioned by EUNIC-Brussels and the Culture of Solidarity fund powered by European Cultural Foundation.  

The exhibition is possible thanks to the generous support of the European Parliament, providing a beautiful space in the Citizens’ Garden for the artwork to be exhibited.  Partners also include Mission of Ukraine to the European Union, PinchuckArtCentre in Kyiv and M HKA.  

Photo by Yao Tsy

Opening programme September 6, 17.30 – 18.30:

The inauguration of the work will begin with a welcome by a Vice-President of the European Parliament and H.E. Vsevolod Chentsov, Ambassador, Head of the Mission of Ukraine to the EU.   

Laura Boxberg, former EUNIC Brussels President and The Director of the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux and André Wilkens, Director of the European Cultural Foundation will give short introductions.   

This will be followed by an interview of Yevgenia Belorusets by Björn Geldhof, Director, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, after which the audience will have a chance to ask their questions during a brief Q&A.  

The event will be punctuated by musical interventions by Ukrainian violinist Tatiana Koichurenko-Vavilina and Roman Borkowsky, viola.  

“We cannot forget what is going on in Ukraine, this artwork will be a symbolic place to gather and discuss and a physical reminder about this horrific war. I am honoured to work together with Yevgenia Belorusets and our partners on this project. Culture and art help to create a space for understanding even in the darkest of times and as cultural institutes and organisations we must play our part in making sure the support and opportunities are created for artists” Laura Boxberg and André Wilkens. 

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