Euromaidan (Maidan) was a wave of demonstrations and civil unrest in Ukraine, which began in November 2013 with public protests in Maidan Nezalezhnosti ("Independence Square") in Kyiv, demanding closer European integration. By the beginning of 2014 the scope of the protests had expanded, with many calls for the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych and his government and ultimately led to the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity.
Ukrainians actively self-organised, bravely protested and some heroically died for democratic values and their human rights.
Eight people, active participants of the Maidan protests, were asked to answer the seven questions: What are you protesting about? What do you want to change? Is culture a part of the change? How do you want the change to happen? What will the area of Maidan look like if nothing happens as a result of the protest? What role has social media had in your protest? What is your dream for the area of the protests?
These interviews give an insight into a range of personal experiences from Maidan activists:
an interpreter and journalist from the Voice of America who was wounded in the Protests
an IT-manager who provided first medical aid to injured protesters
an actor nicknamed the “voice of Maidan” and future Minister of Culture
an archaeologist and PhD researcher
a wounded artist and art biennale curator
an university lecturer of Russian origin who volunteered as Euromaidan SOS coordinator
an international trade expert
and a teacher of English
Most of the interviews were recorded in English at the experimental exhibition “Creativity of Freedom: (R)Evolutionary Culture of Maidan” at the Ivan Honchar Museum in November 2014 – February 2015.
The interviews formed part of an interactive art space at the Ivan Honchar Museum, which served to facilitate artistic and philosophical reflections on the (r)evolutionary events and created a platform for discussions on basic notions of freedom, specific forms of struggle for independence and rediscovering personal and national identity.
Additionally the space served as method to engage people in creating the Maidan Museum/ Museum of Freedom, uniting various activists’ initiatives within the democratic movement and a means for collecting objects, memories and stories from the Protests.