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View Resilience: The Heart of Ukraine, photographs by Michael Andrews, at KCPA

Five Ukrainian grandmothers are standing in semi circle around a lectern with an open book on it. It appears that they are reading or chanting along with the text. They all wear kerchiefs on their heads. Their clothes are colorful and patterned.
Michael Andrews

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is showing an exhibition of photographs by Michael Andrews. The exhibition opens on Sunday, February 26th, ahead of the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine concert that night. The reception is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; the Philharmonic performs at 7:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Tickets to the concert are available on KCPA’s website

Andrews lived in Ukraine in 2018 and 2019. This collection of works: 

offers a unique glimpse into village life in the Kirovoghad Oblast of Ukraine, before Russia’s invasion, and documents the lives of Ukrainian “babusyas,” the keepers of traditional stories, songs, recipes and material culture.

Additional information about Andrews and the project, as well as examples of the work, are available on the exhibition’s website. The exhibition will be on view through March. 

Resilience: The Heart of Ukraine
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
500 S Goodwin Ave
Feb 26 through Mar 31st
Opening Reception: Su Feb 26th, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.


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