Making the Holodomor Memorial: Context & Questions

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 4:30pm - Thursday, December 31, 2020 6pm
Kibel Gallery

3835 Campus Drive
Architecture Building (145 ARC)
College Park, MD 20742
United States

Holodomor memorial
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Photo courtesy of Anice Hoachlander.
People standing in front of wheat molds at Holodomor Memorial Exhibit.
A priest and attendee at the Holodomor Memorial Kibel Gallery Exhibit
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A priest and MAPP lecturer attend the Holodomor Memorial: Context & Questions, Kibel Gallery exhibit. Photo courtesy of Jelena Dakovic.
Memorial Presentation

This exhibition seeks to engage design students and the public with the process of making a public memorial and to present larger, multi-disciplinary issues related to memory, loss, place and truth. The exhibit will consist of three parts. First, a timeline at the perimeter of the gallery will illustrate the steps in creating the Holodomor Memorial, beginning with the 2006 law to create the commemorative work on federal land in D.C. Next, site selection, design competition, agency review, refinement of selected scheme, fabrication of sculpture, and site construction will lead into the final part--the 2015 dedication of memorial. Design challenges and responses will be especially highlighted in the timeline. Among the artifacts on exhibit will be The Kurylas Studio's design competition drawings and model, the actual wheat that was photographed to create the digital model of the sculpture, a fifth-scale model of the sculpture, and several molds from which the parts of the sculpture were cast. An introductory section of the exhibit will explain the history of the man-made 1932-1933 Holodomor famine in Ukraine. Three pylons in the center of gallery will raise broader questions:  why memorials are built in Washington D.C., whose story and truth is represented in memorials, and how loss is conveyed through memorials.

The official opening of the exhibit is set for Wednesday, February 12, 2020 with the likely participation of the Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States. Larysa Kurylas (B.Arch '80) of The Kurylas Studio, the design architect and sculptor of the National Holodomor Memorial, will give a presentation about the design of the memorial and the challenges of conveying loss in built form.



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Related Events:

Kibel Gallery Talk: Making the Memorial

Symposium: The Politics of Memory & Place