Holodomor: A Remembrance.
Virtual Visual Art Presentation Featuring Works
by Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak of Houston, TX
[Developed by the virtual exhibition team Roksolana Karmazyn, Chrystia Bryndzia, Ksenia Rychtycka, Anizia Karmazyn, and Olya Czerkas, in collaboration with the artist.]
The exhibition is entitled, Holodomor: A Remembrance, and features 26 mixed media art works by artist, Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak. Her evocative and moving works of art were inspired by her travels to Ukraine and her Ukrainian ancestry.
[Narrative from the Exhibition] When Ms. Bodnar-Balahutrak first visited her ancestral homeland in 1991, she stated that her eyes and soul were opened to a land that was beautiful but ravaged by the Soviet regime. The people were long-suffering yet hopeful – the culture was rich but sabotaged. Years of Soviet oppression had left their mark and were visible everywhere. Mass graves were being uncovered, revealing horrific historical events long denied by the Soviet government. This new knowledge of so many innocent victims did not pull her down into despair but rather created an urgent need to tell their stories – which was also her story. Not only did this travel experience change her world view, it also changed her approach to art making.
Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak is on the Studio School Faculty of the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Her works can be found in museums and private collections in the USA and Europe. [http://www.lydiabodnarbalahutrak.com]
The following links provide informative lenses into the artist’s creative work in an interview-conversation style format. Links to these interviews are part of the exhibition panels, which you will be receiving, allowing exhibition visitors to activate the links.
Houston Artist Tribe Video Series with Kay Sarver, Episode 31 featuring Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak; December 2019: https://youtu.be/sxBpQfzC7Bw
Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak’s ‘dialogues’ November 2, 2015 to January 4, 2016; Lone Star College-Kingwood Fine Art Gallery; Video Interview, 20:19, 5/3/2017