The first comic about the Holodomor was created in Ukraine


This year, the Holodomor Museum together with artist Kristina Hara created comics, telling six memories of Holodomor witnesses through drawings.

The comics are digital and are included in the historical-tourist mobile application Track Holodomor History, which tells the fate of places and buildings in Kyiv during the Holodomor.

This was reported in Your Art.

“The idea with the comics came up completely spontaneously. When my team and I started working on filling out the application and selecting the memories of Kyiv residents about the Holodomor, we realized that it was extremely important to submit this material, – comments the project manager Iryna Kurhanska. – The mobile application is a new, modern approach to the presentation of history, so the memories themselves should be presented in a new way, and not as a video or text.

“There is another important point. These memories are very difficult. The museum staff used to work every day with memories of those killed by starvation, human suffering, ruined destinies. This is our past and our history. But we understand that if we want to talk about the Holodomor to a wide audience, not everyone will be able to withstand the flow of such information for long. Therefore, comics are, on the one hand, a way to “deceive” consciousness by artistic methods, to metaphorically convey terrible events so that these drawings can be shown even to children, in contrast to documentary photos. But on the other hand, apt metaphors can be as startling as documentary facts. For example, my favorite picture is about remembering how hungry peasants in the city tried to exchange handmade things for food. And the image of a man holding out an embroidered shirt and receiving a refusal in return, while we understand that this may be his last chance to survive, is read instantly and striking more than a depersonalized memory, “said the project manager.

The comics were based on six stories of Kyivites about the Holodomor, which they saw with their own eyes. They talk about rations, the card system, food queues, the terrible emotional state of Kyiv residents, the influx of peasants into the city in search of food and mass deaths from starvation.