My Ukraine

June 3, 2022 to August 21, 2022

At the outbreak of the current war in Ukraine Luther and Anastasiia Cifers traveled to the country to help aid their fellow citizens escape to Poland with their families. Once in Warsaw, where housing and care was provided, the couple would give art supplies to children.

Every evening these children – all under the age of 14 - create works of art to find some sense of comfort during a traumatic and violent time. Images of war and conflict are present, but so are symbols of hope and peace. The pictures also speak to the resourcefulness and efforts of every day citizens; that any action, both small and heroic, can change the outcome of war and have a global effect.

The Cifers found that the things these kids were dealing with created a lot of "whys", but offered few answers. This created great unspoken emotions in their hearts, however, they readily expressed these emotions in art. Their project is designed to encourage children to share these emotions, and in doing so, say to them, "You are not alone. We are with you, the whole world is with you, and we all support you."

This exhibition is made possible in part by YakAttack.