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In order to stand strong in the fight for their right to exist as a state and a nation, Ukrainians need knowledge—current and honest—about their own strength, resilience nurtured through generations, creative spirit, rich cultural heritage, and traditions.
Collected in LA BOUSSOLE Vol.16 "Identity," the articles and authored texts tell, in various words, contexts, and perspectives, what it means to be Ukrainian—responsibly, and today, also perilously, yet with pride and coolness. Because we have something worth defending and boasting about, something to continue and develop.
We are not a nation that begs for salvation. We are free individuals who identify as Ukrainians, consciously choose this path, and walk it with thoughtful exploration of our history, preservation of traditions, and cultural development.
Being bilingual, in Ukrainian and English, LA BOUSSOLE "Identity" speaks to an even wider readership about the culture, language, character, and mentality of its brave and resilient Ukraine.
Issue Vol. 16 "Identity" collected the strength of the Ukrainian race, the greatness of culture, the depth of faith and respect for traditions in order to tell its people and the world what it is to be Ukrainian. To consider yourself as a part of the nation, to lay down your soul and body for freedom not only in words, but in fact, because we are all a Cossack race.
The cultural expert, and professor at the National University named after Shevchenko – Natalya Kryvda Shevchenko, reveals the intricacies of scientific terminology, where identity is interpreted as multifaceted, but quite unambiguously.
Representatives of the Ivan Honchar National Museum talk about ceramics, glass, carpets and wooden products, noting the uniqueness of Ukrainian traditional art, its practical thoughtfulness and, at the same time, decorative relevance. It is followed by the GUNIA and Hutsul Authentica brands, which draw inspiration and ideas from the culture of their ancestors.
Daryna Lukaniuk, the founder of GUSHKA and the Dydova hatchyna project, shares the story of the formation of her Ukrainian identity thanks to her family, the Carpathians’ nature and immersion in her native creative heritage, where rituals and traditions are tightly intertwined with the ordinary life of a modern person. As well as Natalya Gergelyuk, who at one time chose the path of popularizing national clothes and symbols, created the GAPTUVALNYA brand of embroidered clothes, denying its exclusive festivity, rather insisting on everyday use as a manifestation of her national identity.
Blogger Marta Mysiuk consciously changed life in the big city and the Balinese beaches to an old house in the Kosiv district. Because it is not only about nature and slow-living, but also about preserving authentic Ukrainian architecture and lifestyle. The Old khata project is dedicated to this, and it was chosen as its mission to record and show the diversity of building structures in different regions of Ukraine, which encode much more than just walls and a roof over the head.
Pasha Vrzhesh, co-founder of the BANDA agency, talks about the creativity that is stored in Ukrainian hearts and is definitely one of the elements of the nation's DNA.
Candidate of Philosophical Sciences Olha Mukha shares her observations about the preservation of the national spirit and the transfer of cultural heritage to descendants, explaining that the hybrid identity is our realities multiplied by the history of the nation. And through tastes, aromas and traditional dishes, Ukrainian culture is just as powerfully reconstructed in an interview with the Azerbaijani chef with a Ukrainian soul, Mirali Dilbazi.
Fairy tales, songs, humor — concepts broader than folklore — also shape us as a nation as a whole, and each Ukrainian in its own way.MORE DETAILS
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While preparing every new issue of LA BOUSSOLE, we have been analyzing huge amounts of information, visual content, collecting expert opinions and profile texts.
The printed edition is limited by its rules and style, and we have had a recurring feeling that we hide whole layers of important, cool and actually unprecedented things in our archives. That is why, without hesitation, we decided to create a place where we would give life to all the acquired materials, which for various reasons did not make it into the paper edition of LA BOUSSOLE, and about which you asked so often.