November 25 — Ongoing

Part II

Theater Becomes Home

Press kit

The program at the Theater of Hopes and Expectation has come to an end. The building in the Volksgarten Düsseldorf has been dismantled. But our work goes on as we are raising money to turn the theater into a family home:

The house in which Lena, Inna, Milana, Vika and Maria (Honchar family) lived was destroyed by a Russian tank on March 11.

Together with the volunteer group Livyj Bereh, who visited us in Düsseldorf in September, we want to build a new house for the Honchar family. It will be partly made of the materials we used last summer to construct a theater in Düsseldorf.

We have already delivered the construction timber and OSB boards to Sloboda Kuharska (Kyiv region), the home village of the Honchar family.

The remaining materials needed for the reconstruction of the theater into a residential building will be purchased directly in Ukraine. For this we still need 8.000 euros.

This sum would cover the total cost of all materials, interior equipment and labor. This includes a weatherproof facade, thermal insulation, doors, windows, corrugated metal for the roof, laying an electrical connection, etc.

Donate now! Every Euro helps!

Part I

October 30, 2022


1 — 6 pm
October 23 — 27, 2022

"Our Apartments, Houses, Cottages, Garages, Offices and Backyards"

1 — 6 pm

In the second last exhibition at the Theater of Hopes and Expectations, the Prykarpattian Theater collective shows the results of the workshops they organized first in Kolomyia, then in Düsseldorf, and finally in Chernivtsi, Düsseldorf's partner city in Ukraine: In all three cities, they invited people to build models of apartments, houses, cottages, garages, offices, backyards, and other buildings and places to which they have a real or imagined connection. In Kolomyia, the workshop was attended mainly by Ukrainians who had fled from the heavily contested east of Ukraine to the west of the country. Due to the current events, they made a political statement in which they worked with the personal loss of their home. In Düsseldorf, the concept opened up: here, the participants also dealt with other narratives in relation to displacement and migration, as people from Syria and Georgia, but also people without direct experience of being a refugee , took part in the workshop. This shifted the focus to individual ideas of the home as a shelter and place of privacy, which in part stemmed from the imagination. The workshop in Chernivtsi, on the other hand, addressed a young audience. The students who became part of the project focused firmly on the future, not the past. At the same time, they put the interior in the foreground - while the participants in Kolomyia and Düsseldorf mainly depicted the exterior views of their houses.

The models from the workshop in Kolomyia are part of the "Wartime Archive", an initiative of the MOCA NGO.

Workshop participants:

Ania Sokolova, Anna Kuzmenko, Anton Hylko and Yevgen Kryshen, Dmytro Koronik, Kateryna Aliynyk, Maria Liukshyna, Marta Bazak, Oksana Yashchuk, Olga Malyshenko and Anton Vozniuk, Serhii and Kostiantyn Mykhailov, Svitlana Ulianova and Oleksandr Ulianov, Viktor Korchynskiy, Yurii Kruglov, Yulia, Yurii and Dominika Mykhailiuk.

Alisa Kulesh, Alisa Shaposhnikova, Gudrun Lehmann, Lika Chkhutiashvili, Ruth Magers, Varvara Mozhaieva, Violetta Terlyha.

Arina Bardetska, Arina Hitchenko, Kseniia Domaleha, Mariia Shalimova, Oleksandra Holdina, Albert Vardevanian, Iryna Penteliuk, Irutsa Slepeniuk, Kateryna Khuda, Yana Baryska. 

Fotos: Kurt Heuvens