Considering Kindred Lands: Ukrainian Carpathians and American Appalachia

Title Panel for Considering Kindred Lands: Two Exhibitions from the Appalachian-Carpathian International ConfernecesConsidering Kindred Lands presents two bilingual banner exhibitions originally prepared for the Appalachian-Carpathian International Conferences held in Ukraine in 2013 and 2017.  Curator Christopher Miller developed the exhibitions to present some of the results of his exploration of comparison of the two mountain regions.  Miller served as a Fulbright Scholar in Ukraine in 2011 and 2014.  The first exhibition, titled Kindred Lands – Споріднені землі, consists six banners of images and bilingual text thematically grouped.  It focuses on similar narratives being played out in region that are part of the construction of the region.  It was prepared for the 2013 conference held in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.  The second exhibition, titled Mountain Materiality – Нагірна істотність, consists of five banners of images and bilingual text thematically grouped.  It focuses on the various “material cultures” found in both regions, such as a material culture of forest products, that are part of regional identity.  It was prepared for the 2017 conference held in Yaremche and Rakhiv, Ukraine.  The original banners of both exhibits remain on long-term display at the Ivano-Frankivsk College of Precarpathian National University in Ivano-Frankivsk.

Dates Showing: January 19, 2018 to approximately May 15, 2018

Location: Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, Longwall Gallery

Curated by Christopher Miller, Associate Director and Curator of LJAC, with translation assistance from Berea students Yulia Pohorilets and Katerina Nabukhotna.

Samples of the banners are shown below.  Full PDFs of each exhibition may be available on request, email Christopher Miller.

Kindred Lands Exhibition Banner No. 1Mountain Materiality Banner No.2