Installation view: Explosions Near the Museum, 2023
How River Roars
, Krupa Art Foundation, Wroclaw, Poland, 2023
Photo: Alicja Kielan


Explosions Near the Museum

Short film, video, sound, 13’ 38’’

Looted by Russian occupational forces between 24-26 October, the Kherson Museum of Local Lore used to house Southern Ukraine’s largest and oldest collections of antiquities. The museum featured more than 173000 objects, spanning seven thousand years, from Scythian gold to World War II weaponry. Two weeks before Kherson was liberated by the Ukrainians, Russian occupational forces enacted a strategic theft, stripping centuries of Ukrainian history from the museum/region.

The sound of shellings and missile strikes was recorded during filming inside the museum on December 12, less than two kilometers away from russian-occupied territory.

Installation view: Explosions Near the Museum, 2023
An intervention in Belgian local history museums, STAM Ghent City Museum, Belgium, 2023

Installation view: Explosions Near the Museum, 2023 
It Already Happened solo exhibition, Voloshyn Gallery, Kyiv, 2023 
Photo: Voloshyn Gallery
Directed and filmed by
Yarema Malashchuk and Roman Khimei

Clemens Poole

Text editors
Clemens Poole, Kateryna Ulianova

Anna Halas

Sound recordist
Natalia Avramenko

Sound mastering
Serzh Avdeev

Vadym Khudolii

Graphic designer
Ostap Yashchuk

Bjorn Heldhof

Project manager
Ilona Demchenko

Associate producer
Andrii Lytvynenko

Information about the museum's collection was provided by
Denys Sikoza