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#ARTvsWAR | SLOVO Building


Cultural heritage is purposely being targeted during Russia’s war on Ukraine. In this video, we revisit the Slovo building in Kharkiv. The name comes from СЛОВО [SLOVO] the Ukrainian word for the letter C, as this building has a distinct C-shaped shape.

During the 1920’s, Slovo was a communal residential building for Ukrainian writers. During the 1930’s, in the course of Great Purge, it became a symbol of Executed Renaissance. In 2018, a Kharkiv Literature Residence was launched in the Slovo building. The place immediately became an inspiring destination for contemporary writers from all over the world.

However, on 8 March 2022, the facade of Slovo was damaged by Russian shelling. Kharkiv remains the target of non-stop brutal Russian artillery fire. Nevertheless, the Slovo residence reminds us that word is adamant. Read more about the Slovo building and the bravery of artists influenced by it.

 Join our campaign on social media: share evidence of Russian war crimes related to cultural heritage destruction in Ukraine and stories of protecting Ukrainian culture. #ARTvsWAR #StandWithUkraine