He was born in Paulograd, 1927, and fled during the Soviet ‘Great Purge’ to England, under a false Polish identity. There, he settled in Bradford, alongside a Ukrainian community which has now all but dissolved.
Currently, the number of displaced persons is growing exponentially. These people are thrown into unfamiliar social structures, under pressure to integrate with their new ‘home’, causing groups to bond together more tightly.
This proposal aims to begin the conversation.
Through the act of telling the Ukrainian story, allowing insight into a deeply personal subject, I hope to begin the narrative exchange. The proposal is sited on a place of memory, Rawson Market, at the centre of Bradford and the centre of the table, condensing all the extracted narratives of Ukrainian life into an experiential manifestation.