Made in Maidan: Artwork From the Heart of Ukraine’s Revolution

The months-long protests in Independence Square toppled a president—and produced a wealth of art

Fires along the barricades, riot police with cudgels, celebrations in the streets—these are some of the images we’ve come to know from the Ukrainian revolution, which forced President Viktor Yanukovych to flee the country last month.

Yet for many protesters, the images inspired by the revolution were just as important as the images of the revolution itself. Case in point: Mistetska Sotnya, an art collective at the forefront of the Kiev protests, was responsible for some of the uprising’s most striking artwork.

Since the revolution began, Sotnya, which means “self-defense,” has held a variety of shows in the streets featuring musicians, circus acrobats and ballerinas, who performed right in front of the barricades. All the while, painters captured the scene, both its periods of fear and moments of celebration, in what they view as their contribution to the uprising.

As Maria Diorditchuk, an artist, designer and member of Sotnya, puts it: “I am a soldier at heart. I prefer to fight with my easel and a brush.”

The gallery below features photos by Eugene Nikiforov of Kiev’s protest art:

 

TV&MOVIES

Data Proves Maggie Gyllenhaal Is Right About Hollywood Sexism

Alex Koppelman
HEALTH

Rachael Farrokh And The Shocking Stats On Anorexia Treatment

Sarah Kaufman
FUN

Nobody Wants To Be Ruled By Redheads

Sarah Kaufman
INDUSTRY

Americans Dominate Forbes' List Of 100 Most Powerful Women

Sarah Kaufman
EDUCATION

The Student Loan Companies With The Most Complaints

Abigail Tracy
GOOGLE

White People Are The Default For Google Images

Sarah Kaufman
INTERNET

New "Abused Emojis" Designed To Help Kids Express Child Abuse

Mike Spies
HEALTH

E-Cigarette Risks May Not Apply To The Average Vaper

Joshua A. Krisch