“Through the thorns”, an exhibition in blue and yellow

An artistic island in the middle of the bombs, just to remember that, despite the war, art is still alive. The Protestant Social Center of Plan-les-Ouates in Geneva had already been transformed into a humanitarian aid center since February 24th. If it still has the vocation of providing material support to Ukrainian refugees, it now also hosts a gigantic exhibition spread over the two floors of the building: Through the Thorns – Art from Ukraine.

The Geneva branch of the Ukrainian Society in Switzerland is at the origin of the project, explains Olena Neskorod, member of the organization and curator of the event: “We made a call for projects on messaging groups of the Ukrainian community . That’s how we came into contact with Anna Luhovska, who became a commissioner. A graduate of the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in kyiv, the young woman fled her country at the very beginning of the conflict. It was she who designed the huge frescoes that color the walls on the ground floor of the building: “There are three: The Evolution of Defenders, Solidarity and Soul of Ukraine. It is a way of evoking both the history of our people, its culture and the international support that Ukraine needs more than ever.”

War at the height of a child

Upstairs, the floor is given to the children. Tossed around, heckled, bruised by events beyond their control, they write. Some are orphans, others have experienced scenes of horror, yet they dream, like all young people of their generation. In the middle of drawings of riders, nature or family, sentences with childlike candor: “this year, I discovered the existence of the axolotl”, “my hobby is the theater group”, ” I love travelling”.

The permanent mission of Ukraine to the UN also participated in the exhibition by proposing a parallel between pictures of the Second World War and images immortalized during these last weeks in Ukraine. Disturbing correspondence to remind us that war is not that distant thing lost in the history books. A fourth installation, Souls Scream – a map of the country stained with blood where the conflict was the deadliest – was still presented at the opening. It is currently exhibited in Lviv and will most certainly return to Plan-les-Ouates afterwards.


“Through the Thorns – Art from Ukraine”, Protestant Social Center, ch. de la Cartouchière 9, Plan-les-Ouates (GE), Mon-Fri from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Sat from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., until May 28. find all the articles of the headingOne day, an idea“.

Leave a Comment