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Caritas of the Archdiocese of Olomouc in cooperation with the Municipal Museum of Holešov and the Gallery of Holešov prepared photography exhibition ‘Contrasts of Ukraine’ in the premises of Holešov Chateau. Thanks to the exhibition people will be able to peep into the ordinary and extraordinary life in Ukraine. The exhibition will take place from August 4 to August 31.

A touring photography exhibition by Richard Bouda shows Ukraine not only as a land full of mesmeric people and hospitality, but also as a place with omnipresent contrasts. Apart from people’s lives the exhibition also encompasses the projects of Caritas of the Archdiocese of Olomouc in Ukraine. The projects consist of collaboration with orphanage in Bortnyky village and support for waifs and children from socially disadvantaged families in Lopatyn townlet. The visitors will also be given the opportunity to help Ukrainian children by a small donation into the poor box. Proceeds from the exhibition will be used to buy cameras for children from both Bortnyky and Lopatyn.

 The cameras will allow these children to fill their free time with a brand new hobby. This will also enable them to capture the world from their own perspective. “Children show a great interest in making photos. They take pictures of whatever occurs to them as picture worthy. More often than not they take pictures of seemingly unimportant things and situations that hold a great significance for them personally,” confirms Khrystyna Novodvorska, coordinator for Ukraine at Caritas of the Archdiocese of Olomouc, with a smile. She also adds that these very cameras and planned workshops might help a great deal in representing orphanages and gaining more charitable contributions.

Leona Machálková, social worker at Caritas of Holešov, also invites people to the exhibition: “The exhibition is ideal for people both young and old. Visitors themselves are in charge of how much time will they dedicate to the exhibition. I do believe that beautiful photos displayed in the exquisite premises of Holešov chateau are a worthwhile experience.”

Come and see for yourselves that Ukraine is not only a poor country torn by war. The exhibition is displayed on the first floor of Holešov Chateau until the end of August for free.

Kateřina Biolková, volunteer at ACHO

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