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DOWNPOUR
2023

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Engraved on a brick from the “Slovo” Building damaged by the Russian army in March 2022, the word Cultfront repeats the logo and name of the Soviet monthly magazine. It was published in Kharkiv in 1931-1935. A year before, in 1930, the magazine "Nova Generatsija" (New Generation) ceased to exist. From 1933 to 1938, residents of 40 apartments of the Slovo Building out of 66 built were repressed. Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation into Ukraine in 2022, the word “Cultfront” has returned to the local lexicon as an attempt to describe the activities of cultural actors during the war.

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Entrance to the "Slovo" House in Kharkiv, damaged by the russian missile in March 2022. Photo: October 2022.

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Pile of bricks near the damaged "Slovo" House in Kharkiv, where the material for the object was found. Photo: October 2022.

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