“Contra Spem Spero. Stories from Ukraine” Exhibition Opens in Milan

The exhibition “Contra Spem Spero. Stories from Ukraine” first shown in Rome this summer opens at Fondazione Stelline in Milan on the 14th of September.

The exhibition curated by Kateryna Radchenko from Odesa Photo Days Festival tells 11 stories from Ukrainian photographers: the photo series about a Ukrainian documentary woman filmmaker who joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine, about people in Kyiv region dealing with the public space and their homes that has changed dramatically due the war, about Ukrainian refugees in Poland and many more.

The title of the exhibition references the text by the classic Ukrainian poet Lesia Ukrainka written in 1890. The poem is a monologue by the author who proclaims the spirit of hope and opposition to all troubles even in the hardest circumstances. The exhibition is divided into three parts: Struggle, Hope, and Aftermath. Each of them speaks about the new reality and adaptation to life during the war, about the struggle for the existence of the country, the traumatic experiences, and the hope that motivates them to keep on living.

Artists: Lyubov Durakova, Nazar Furyk, Kateryna Aleksieienko, Alena Grom, Gera Artemova, Mykhailo Palinchak, Elena Subach, Pavlo Dorohoi, Serhiy Korovainyi, Dmytro Tolkachov, Volodymyr Petrov.

The exhibition at Fondazione Stelline in Milan is organized in collaboration between the German Missions in Italy and Odesa Photo Days Festival, together with the Representations in Italy of the European Parliament and European Commission, the Embassy of Spain in Italy, the Embassy of Sweden in Italy and the Embassy of Ukraine in Italy.

“Contra Spem Spero. Stories from Ukraine”

Fondazione Stelline

c.so Magenta 61, Milano

Opening — the 14th of September, 18:30

On view from the 15th of September to the 15th of October

Working hours: from Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 – 20:00

Free entrance.


Photo by Alena Grom, “Stolen Spring” series.