The Postcards from Ukraine photo exhibition arriving at Tampere reveals the destruction the Russian war has inflicted on Ukrainian culture

The Postcards from Ukraine photo exhibition, which will be shown at the Main Square in the Hämeenpuisto Park in Tampere between 28 August and 10 September 2023, exposes the scale of destruction the Russians have inflicted on Ukrainian culture infrastructure. The photos demonstrate how Russia is not just destroying Ukrainian cities and villages, but is systematically destroying Ukraine’s cultural heritage, which dates back thousands of years.
Museum building destroyed in bombings, male statue standing in the middle.
Hryhorii Skovoroda Museum, Skovorodynivka village, Kharkiv region

Since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine began on 24 February 2022, the Russian troops have been destroying Ukrainian historical, architectural, and archaeological monuments every day. The scale of the destruction is enormous. According to the Ukrainian Culture ministry, by 25 July 2023, Russian forces had damaged at least 763 cultural heritage sites and 1605 objects of cultural infrastructure in Ukraine. For over 500 days, Russian military has been cynically and ruthlessly shelling museums, memorials, university buildings, cinemas, dropping rockets on churches, temples, cathedrals, TV towers, and monuments. 

The photos have been exhibited in over 40 countries until now. The exhibition arrives to Tampere from Helsinki where the photos were shown in Esplanadi in June. The Postcards from Ukraine photographs were developed by the Ukrainian Institute with the support of a USAID project and in cooperation with the creative agency Green Penguin Media. The exhibition in Tampere is organised by the Association of Ukrainians in Tampere together with the Helsinki based Ukrainian Association in Finland and in cooperation with the City of Tampere. 

An opening event will be held on Monday 28 August at 5 pm on the Main Square in the Hämeenpuisto park. Mr Matti Helimo, Deputy Mayor responsible for Education and Culture from the city of Tampere, will address the event. The event is open for all.

Further information

Hannele Räikkönen
040 776 3446
Text: Hannele Räikkönen
Photos: Sergey Kozlov, Postcards from Ukraine, Ukrainian Institute
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