An Empty Pedestal: rethinking of the process of decommunization and the national identity
The situation with an empty pedestal provides an opportunity for the broadest possible search for the heroes of new times
The process of decommunization and the ongoing struggle to form the basis of national identity lead to a discussion of public values and the rethinking of the canon of Ukrainian history. Famous figures of the past, which have long ago lost trust, were overthrown. New heroes are not yet established. The situation with the "empty pedestal" provides an opportunity for the broadest possible search for the heroes of new times. Who could become a hero? Defender of the country? A volunteer who defends the defender? Change agent?
And, in the end, the main question arises: is it necessarily to put new heroes on old pedestals and follow the footsteps of the old ideologies? During the discussion the participants of the project «See Ukraine: An Empty Pedestal» will present a variety of approaches to the search for modern Ukrainian identity.
Among speakers - Ukrainian and foreign journalists, human rights defenders, activists, directors and artists.