Hudrada curatorial collective built a shanty hut on Mihailovska Plosha (St Michael’s Square)
The basis of the project Union of Hovels: the Survivor Syndrome is photographic documentation of a ruined Roma settlement made by Yevgenia Belorusets.
On the 18th of May 2018 on the anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars and one of the Ukrainian “Europe Days” the Hudrada curatorial collective gathered at Kiev’s historic St Michael’s Square to build the shell of a ruined hut from a Roma settlement which had formerly stood in the city. This work became a symbol for the shared fates of different ethnic and social groups who found themselves subjected to repressive actions in Ukraine. It was also a public protest against pogroms of Roma settlements.
On a Friday afternoon, the Hudrada curatorial group working together with architects and human rights activists initiated the collective building of a shanty hut. This anarchitectural construction was built according to the template of a ruined hovel that had been torn down in 2017 during the destruction of a temporary Roma settlement in Kyiv’s Dnepr district.
This work by Hudrada was dedicated to anarchitectural forms and to societies who create shanty huts in urban spaces, but above all it was a declaration against xenophobia and acts of aggression triggered by it.
In this example, the shanty hut embodies the vulnerability and fragility of communities who arrive and disappear spontaneously. At the same time it can become a disquieting object when set against the logic of the majesty of monumental symbols of power.
Union of Hovels – is a long term project by the curatorial group Hudrada devoted to developing the idea of Anarchitecture. The first instalment of Union of Hovels too place on the Venice Lido during the 55th Venice Biennale.
Hudrada is a Ukrainian curatorial group and experimental platform for interdisciplinary collaboration. Its members include artists, architects, critics and writers