Culture Fights Back: Ukrainian Artists at War

After the full-scale invasion on February 24, 2022, the entire Ukrainian society united and stood up defending Ukraine. Not only the professional military but also cultural figures.

The Culture Fights Back project to share stories of artists and civil society representatives who have joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Read the stories of Ukrainian musicians, writers, civic activists, painters, ballet dancers, film directors, and actors. Each story is illustrated with heroes’ photos: one from professional civilian life and the other from military service, often taken by comrades-in-arms.

You can also go to the artists’ works and get to know their personalities and art closer.

We would like to believe that all of them will return to their main occupation. However, the lives of some of them have already been tragically cut short during hostilities.