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Swedish-Ukrainian photo exhibition was opened in ZNU

Swedish-Ukrainian photo exhibition was opened in ZNU
20.09.2018 13:58 All Top news Наукова бібліотека виставка

Scientific Library of ZNU invites everyone to visit the international photo exhibition "Accessibility”, which was organized by the Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine, the Swedish Institute, the "National Assembly of People with a Disability of Ukraine" and ZNU.  The work of the photo exhibition will last from September 19 to October 19, 2018 in the scientific library of Zaporizhzhia national university.

The photo exhibition has already been held in 18 countries of the world.  It discribes 24 stories of men, women, and children from Sweden and Ukraine.  Every hero of the project is a person who has the right to have a decent life and equal opportunities with others.  These heroes are people with their feelings, dreams and plans, opportunities and needs.  Each story is a small revelation, a prism through which we can look at our attitude towards people with disabilities, how many opportunities exist for the development and realization of their potential and the preservation of self-esteem.

Among the heroes of the exhibition you will be able to see children, teenagers and adults, citizens of Ukraine, future and real parents, representatives of creative and applied professions, those who were hired and those who can not find jobs, residents of big and small towns and rural areas. 14 Swedish and 10 Ukrainian stories are presented in the framework of the photo exhibition and they make everyone to think about the reasons for the social obstacles that adults and children with disabilities face in the process of achieving their goals.  Why do they get less opportunities with equal rights?

The exhibition in Ukraine was supplemented by Ukrainian stories of people with disabilities.  Participants of last year's photo exhibitions are the politician Valerii Sushkevich, young pianist with Down syndrome Liza Khaliavchenko, athlete in powerlifting Artem Hudzenko, public figure Yaroslav Hrybalskyi, and teacher Marta Nykolaieva, talented young man Mykhailo Serbin and charming woman Nataliia Klymenko. The new heroes from Zaporizhzhia are young violoncellist Oleksandra Bohdanova, a caring mother and a happy grandmother Liudmyla Donovska. They certainly know how to overcome barriers and different obstacles.

Photographers: Markus Marcetic (Sweden), Dmytro Shytko (Ukraine).

Within a month, starting from September 19, 2018, everyone who wants can visit the exposition of the exhibition in the scientific library of Zaporizhzhia national university (Zhukovskyi str., 66 B, the second academic building of ZNU, 1st floor) free enter.

A round table "Accessibility and universal design" will be held within the framework of the presentation of the project on October 18 (2pm-4pm), in the premises of ZNU scientific library (Zhukovskyi str., 66 B, the second academic building of ZNU, 1st floor, reading room).

There will be also a master class on October 18 (4-30pm-5-30pm) in Ukrainian Sign Language conducted by Ihor Bondarenko, the chairman of the Sign Language Interpreters Council of Kiev, official representative of the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) in Eastern Europe and middle Asia. (The number of participants is limited, registration in advance is required before October 17.)

In order to know more about registration for participation in the meeting of the round table or master class, please contact us by phone.  +38 (093) 917-35-00, (044) 279-61-82 or by e-mail:

We invite all who are interested in this project to take part in these events.


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