At the center of the installation is a shot-up, burnt-out passenger car in which four civilians attempting to flee Bucha were killed by the Russian army. The scene of this damaged car contrasts with the clean surroundings of the Kurfürstendamm, confronting visitors with the reality of war and the daily struggle of Ukrainians.
The “Testament of Bucha” exhibition documents the war crimes committed against the civilian population of Bucha and against civilians in occupied areas of the Chernihiv, Kharkiv, and Kyiv regions of Ukraine. The destroyed car is a painful reminder of the ongoing war on the European continent, that is putting our democracies at risk, again! The cultural and educational charity event “Testament of Bucha” is a Ukrainian-German collaboration, the purpose of which is to draw the attention of German and European society to the events in Ukraine. To tell the truth about the war, to show the atrocities of the Russian army and to convey a better understanding of this without Russian interference and disinformation. In its immobility, this car, as a fragment of war, is intended to express the injustice, brutality, and crimes of Russia in Ukraine.
TESTAMENT OF HANNA
The cultural and educational event «Testament of Bucha» has been commemorating the horrors of war in Berlin’s George Grosz Square at an exhibition which opened on August 22nd. At the centre of the installation is a shot-up, burnt-out car in which four female civilians trying to escape from Bucha were killed by the Russian army. One of them was 14-year-old Hanna Mishchenko. Before her murder, the cheerful Hanna loved to draw and paint whenever she could. Therefore, the «Testament of Bucha» organisers, are hosting a charity sale of Hanna’s paintings in the rooms of the UCC.