Between 1932 and 1933, Ukraine suffered a famine affecting the major grain-producing areas in the region. The famine, known as the Holodomor, was a result of forced collectivization, a policy that was deliberately planned and executed by the Soviet regime under Joseph Stalin to systematically destroy the Ukrainian people’s aspirations for a free and independent Ukraine.1 At the height of the famine in 1933, an estimated 25,000 men, women and children in Ukraine were dying every day from hunger and malnourishment. This forced collectivization caused the death of as many as 10 million Ukrainians and is officially recognized as an act of genocide.2
The Holodomor Memorial project is a memorial to the victims of the Holodomor genocide. The site, located at 2 Strachan Avenue, provides a gathering area for the Ukrainian Canadians of Toronto to host their annual commemoration services and a new contemplative space for the visitors and citizens of Toronto. This is achieved through a series of installations on the site, each telling a part of a story. The central focus of the Memorial is the iconic sculpture “Bitter Memories of Childhood” created by Ukrainian artist Petro Drozdowsky. This sculpture has been used in Holodomor Memorials internationally and is vitally important as a common theme expressed in locations like Kyiv and Washington. It sits within the Main Memorial plaza, which serves as the primary gathering place for commemoration services. Connected to the Main Memorial plaza are a series of pathways that connect to three small ‘satellite’ gardens. These gardens are suggested as places to pause and reflect, creating a contemplative narrative that alludes to the cultural significance of symbols associated with the Holodomor genocide. Located within each garden is an ornamental metal screen, which is the focus of this call for submissions.
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Participants are required to register before submitting competition design proposals. Click here for a link to the registration form, which must be submitted by email to the firstname.lastname@example.org email address. When submitting the registration form, please write “Holodomor Memorial Design Competition Registration” in the email subject line. After registering, each participant will receive a four digit number, which must be placed at the bottom right hand corner of every panel they submit in size 36 font.
The competition calls for the submission of designs for the three ornamental metal screens. Artists may choose to submit designs for one, two or all three screens. All of the drawings and text for each screen design must fit on a single 18×24 panel. Submission requirements include:
- The name of the millstone garden where the screen is set (Remembrance, Resilience, Rebirth)
- An elevation showing the design of the two metal panels for the metal screen
- A brief description of the design intent of the metal screen, maximum 500 words
- Other illustrative materials at the artists discretion (optional)
After registration, participants will receive a four-digit number. This number must be placed at the bottom right hand corner of every board they submit in size 36 font.
After registration, each participant will receive access to a Dropbox folder. A separate .pdf or .jpg file for each design proposal must be uploaded to this folder by Tuesday June 19th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Proposals submitted after this date will not be considered for evaluation.
Following the submission of the design proposals, one winner will be selected for each of the three metal screens. A single winner will be selected for each ornamental screen, yet the same artist may be awarded the design of multiple ornamental metal screens. The artist for the winning proposal of each ornamental metal screen will be awarded $5,000 CAD.
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All questions are to be submitted by email to the email@example.com email address. When submitting a question, please write “Holodomor Memorial Design Competition Question” in the email subject line.
- Stemple, R. (2017, June 09). D.C.’s Holodomor Memorial to the Ukrainian Forced Famine. Retrieved from https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/holodomor-memorial
- Legislative Services Branch. (2018, March 12). Consolidated Federal Laws of Canada, Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (“Holodomor”) Memorial Day Act. Retrieved from http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/U-0.4/page-1.html