The War up Close: showing the reality of the Ukrainian war in Paris

The War up Close Project team presented their project in Paris on February 24, the anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. We organised the immersive exhibition in the lecture hall of Sciences Po University as a part of our global tour. It lasted from 12 to 7 p.m. and was attended by more than a hundred students and professors from different parts of the world, namely France, Poland, Italy and Turkey.

The exhibition was opened by Pavlo Leshchenko. He spoke about the project and invited everyone to take a look at the exhibits and VR glasses. Many of the students had never used immersive glasses before so they were especially stunned by the documentary videos of the destruction brought by Russia into the peaceful cities and towns in Kyiv, Chernihiv and Kharkiv regions.

More than forty students wrote touching words of support and received a bracelet as a token of the event in the area “Leave a message to Ukraine.”

According to Dmytro Matiash, the co-founder of the project who also attended the event, all the visitors were impressed by the exhibition: they expressed their compassion and emphasised that it must be shown to everyone.

The tour was organised with the partners’ support: USAID, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, the Embassy of Ukraine in the USA, United Help Ukraine, CFC Big Ideas, and Funberry. It also included an exhibition in Washington, and the events in Berlin, Warsaw and Brussels are scheduled soon.