Japanese academic event highlights Ukraine’s artistic talent through photographic and cinematic works

TOKYO – An event showcasing works by Ukrainian female photographers and filmmakers from Ukraine is underway at Sophia University in Tokyo, with the aim of introducing visitors to the country through art and culture.

The “Artistic Ukraine” event consists of a photo exhibition featuring 51 works taken by four Ukrainian photographers and a screening of six short films which will take place on June 29. The photos capture landscapes of Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, as well as Kharkiv, which came under fierce attack during the Russian invasion. Other images follow the story of a Ukrainian woman and her son who escaped from Mariupol.

The idea came to fruition thanks to the efforts of two young graduates, including 23-year-old Yuliya Sakai, who discussed the project with Ksenia Bugrimova, a representative of the “Ukrainian Female Film and Media Industry” (UFFI) association. The collection of short films, which includes a silent film and a work of fiction about the war, will be presented for the first time in Japan.

Sakai, who is herself from Ukraine, hopes that the people of Japan and its international community “will get a sense of Ukraine with their own eyes and ears”.

The photo exhibition will run until June 30, with works displayed near the main entrance of the university’s Building 2 and other locations, while the screening of the film will take place in Room 101 of the building. 6 from 5:30 p.m. on June 29.

The screening of the film and the photo exhibition are free and open to the public.

Prior registration is required and can be done through the website https://artisticukraine.wordpress.com/

(Japanese original by Haruka Kobayashi, Tokyo Office)

Jack C. Nugent