If you want to get out, you have to stand back from what you possess – this is the inflexible law of forced dispersal. These are the stories of twelve people from Ukraine who suddenly had to leave their home, taking only the bare essentials and a cherished belonging that speaks to their life. Each story is evidence of shocking loss. Every object speaks to other objects left behind, and each person is witness to other people who didn’t find their way out of the hellfire. But it’s also an illuminating portrait of courage, of resilience and dignity, of lives continued. They are songs of flight, but also songs of return.
‘What Would You Take?’ is a question directed at the viewer. The objects in this exhibition reminds us that we are all potential surrogates for homelessness, and the question for each of us is the same: after the scattering of things into the world, and the confusions of identity, how much is left of your life – of you – should you manage the crossing.
31 May 2023 – 20 October 2023
The 12 Star Gallery at Europe House shows work which celebrates the creativity and cultural diversity that is the hallmark of the European Union. Exhibitions are organised mostly by the embassies and cultural institutes of the EU countries. Forthcoming exhibitions are listed below, as is an account of past shows and brief history
What Would You Take?
Documentary (23 min, 2023)
Directed by Heilika Pikkov
Produced by Ülo Pikkov / Silmviburlane
The What Would You Take? documentary tracks the same path as the exhibition and gives the viewer the opportunity to delve even deeper into their stories. The portraits taken by photographer Kaupo Kikkas come to life through animation; people's destinies unfold through close-up shots by director Heilika Pikkov.