Ukrainian Folk Art and Resistance in Oregon


Iryna Stavynska (University of Oregon)

Oregon is home to over 20,000 Ukrainians, including many talented folk artists. Thousands of miles away from their homeland, they carry on the traditions of weaving, folk singing, dancing, embroidery, and pysanka-making. In response to the Russian invasion, Ukrainian artists found ways to use their art to support Ukraine, donating their artwork to purchase medical supplies, organizing Ukrainian festivals for fundraising, and otherwise raising awareness about Ukraine. This paper explores the stories of the individual artists, the challenges that they experience, and the ways in which they use folk art for resistance.

Part of 04-03 Uprooting Ukraine: Resistance and Identity in North American Ukrainian Communities [Hybrid], Friday, November 03, 8:30 am–10:00 am