I was looking for a jackknife a bit
in the survival kit
while a can of tuna rolled out of it
taken in haste
when we ran away*
To Sew on to Life is a collaboration between the artist Mariia Mytrofanova and Ukrainian writers and poets Yevgeniya Belorusets, Danylo Galyko, Mykyta Kozachinsky, and Marianna Maksymova (Eva Raiska). The poets and artists are working through their memories of facing the war and aim to recognize the traumatic experience of Ukrainians who found themselves facing the situation of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Curators Valeriia Plekhtoko and Sofia Yukhymova note that the project title refers to a Ukrainian metaphor: "to sew (or to stitch) on the living" means to face, touch, cover, and witness something especially intimate, painful, and traumatic. The exhibition will take place at Hotel Continental - Art Space in Exile from March 30 to May 5.