"The Lost Treasures of the 1960s": an art indie game about Ukrainian female artists of the sixties

4 january, 2021

Ukrainian Animation Association UAnimA presents a series of animated interactive short stories "60s. The Lost Treasures" commissioned by the Ukrainian Institute for the #UkraineEverywhere programme.

Animated stories with interactive elements will reveal the lives and work of Ukrainian artists known as the Sixtiers: Alla Horska, Halyna Zubchenko, Lyubov Panchenko, Halyna Sevruk, and Lyudmyla Semykina. The artists supported the dissident movement in Ukraine, for which they were repressed by the Soviet authorities. Moreover, through their lifestyle, they defended feminist ideals, and each fought for women's rights in their own way.

Along with the games, the project tells each artist’s story through their artworks and archival photos.

"60s. The Lost Treasures" starts with a mini-game featuring Lyubov Panchenko, a Ukrainian artist and costume designer. Follow the protagonist running away from persecution and fighting the KGB secret police.

Art games, as the project creators call them, are based on research, archival work, and a series of interviews with artists and their families. Each game is a unique "point-and-click" quest created by different authors in a different style. The graphic design of the project was developed by the BRATY studio.

The next edition of the project will feature an animated short story about Ukrainian artist and human rights activist Alla Horska.

The Sixtiers were a literary, artistic, social and political movement among the Ukrainian intellectual elite in the late 1950s - early 1970s, which was formed during the temporary "thaw" of the Soviet regime. The Sixtiers advocated for the protection of national culture and language in Ukraine. Among the most acclaimed representatives of the movement are poets Vasyl Stus, Lina Kostenko, and Vasyl Symonenko, writer Yevhen Hutsalo, artist Alla Horska, and others.

UAnimA is a union of Ukrainian animators which was formed in March 2017.

The Ukrainian Institute is a public institution affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Our mission is to strengthen Ukraine's international standing through the means of cultural diplomacy. We facilitate international connections between people and institutions and create opportunities for Ukraine to interact and cooperate with the world.

#UkraineEverywhere is a programme of the Ukrainian Institute to showcase Ukraine's contribution to the world culture via online projects.