Ukrainian Artists United Launch

Mark the one-year anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine by learning about artists impacted by the ongoing conflict

February 24, 2023, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Event details

Bonnie & John Buhler Hall, Level 1

In commemoration of the one‐year anniversary of the unlawful Russian invasion of Ukraine, we invite you to the launch of Ukrainian Artists United.

Ukrainian Artists United is a temporary installation at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights featuring multi‐media portraits of Ukrainian artists whose lives have been impacted by the war. Their stories, told through images, voiceover and music, provide insight into the human cost of conflict.

The launch will feature presentations from the project’s creators Darcy Ataman and Jason Willheim as well as a choir performance by Hoosli Ukrainian Male Chorus.

About Ukrainian Artists United

In an effort to highlight the human cost of the war, music producer Darcy Ataman and photographer Jason Willheim traveled to Lviv, Ukraine for nine days to connect with musicians and artists and capture their experiences.

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Darcy Ataman

As founder and CEO of Make Music Matter, Darcy Ataman has dedicated his work to bringing an innovative form of music therapy to survivors of conflict and trauma. In partnership with Nobel Laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege, he developed the “Healing in Harmony” program which is currently running in eight countries around the world. In 2019, Ataman co‐founded A4A Records and Publishing, creating a model that ensures artists living in extreme poverty and conflict zones can continue to publish and retain ownership rights to their work. As a music and video producer, he has earned several Juno nominations and collaborates with creatives around the world. Most recently, he completed the score for celebrated producer and photographer Platon’s documentary film My Body is Not a Weapon.

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Jason Willheim

Jason is a photographer based in Los Angeles, but his camera gear is always packed. His professional work has taken him to Kenya, South Africa, Borneo, Russia, China, France, Italy and Ukraine. Closer to home, he has explored the biker and drag racer subcultures in LA through photography. “I’m completely fascinated by people who pursue something just because they love it…doing it out of pure passion,” he states.