From Thursday 20th April until 18th May 2023, Homotopia will collaborate with UKRAINEPRIDE to host a four week long photography and video exhibition on the third floor at Lush Liverpool. The exhibition will show the lives of queer people living and loving each other throughout war – raising awareness and showing support for one of the most marginalised communities living in Ukraine.

The floor will host the work by artist Artur Vovchenko, a queer photographer, multi-disciplinary artist and activist based in Ukraine who has been working to tell the stories of the lives of queer people during the war in Kyiv and Kharkiv. Vovchenko has captured ten uniquely queer stories – each person’s narrative will be exhibited through five photographs, an accompanied text telling the individual’s story and a QR code for an audio description. The exhibition will be accompanied with a special sound design from Nastya Vogan.

The work will be available to buy throughout the exhibition with all funds going to UKRAINEPRIDE’s ‘LGBTQ+ Ukraine Emergency Fund’ to help safeguard Queer Ukrainians affected by war.

The exhibition is supported by LushAll Out, Liverpool BID Company and UA Action Office.

“In recent years the Ukrainian LGBT community has made considerable progress in protecting its rights and promoting its diversity. Now it is extremely important for us not to lose, but to preserve and multiply the gains. The exhibition tells about how in the darkest time queer Ukrainians remain themselves – this is a personal victory for each of them.

The support we have received in partnership with Homotopia is unexpected and incredible for us, from the very beginning of the project to the exhibition. We hope to invite them to do another collaboration in Ukraine after we win.

For Ukraine, this project is another opportunity to speak with pride about its diversity, no matter what.”

– Sofiia Lapina, President of UKRAINEPRIDE NGO

Homotopia x UKRAINEPRIDE Photo and Video Exhibition at Lush Liverpool:

Address: Lush Liverpool, 38 – 46 Church St, Liverpool L1 3AW, third floor fully accessible via lift

Booking and admission: No bookings required, free entry

“We’re really grateful to be given the opportunity to collaborate with UKRAINEPRIDE on such an important project. Bringing the exhibition to Liverpool means we are able to support members of LGBTQIA in Ukraine to tell their stories, of their true authentic queer selves. To platform one of the most marginalised communities and preserve an important legacy of queer culture.”

– Olivia Graham, Co-curator/Project Lead, Homotopia