Columbia Libraries to Host Exhibition Opening The Faces of the Orange Revolution

NEW YORK, February 15, 2005 The Columbia Libraries is hosting an exhibition opening on Friday, February 18, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. in the Lehman Library’s West Reading Room, third floor, International Affairs Building.  The photography exhibition of Ukraine's Orange Revolution, “Faces of the Orange Revolution,” features the work of Kyrylo Kysliakov and highlights the popular demonstrations in November and December 2004 that overturned corrupt elections and paved the way for internationally recognized free and fair elections in Ukraine.  A reception at the Harriman Institute will follow the opening ceremony.  The exhibition will be on display during the Spring 2005 semester.

Kyrylo Kysliakov, a photographer and native of Kyiv, chose to focus his camera on the individual participants of the events—on the average, all-Ukrainian Oksana or Petro—the unlikely heroes of an awakened nation, whose dignity, love of freedom, and dogged enthusiasm in the face of a brutal regime won the hearts and minds of people around the world.  In commenting on the photograph exhibition Kysliakov said, “These people are the true faces of the Orange Revolution and of a new and free Ukraine.  I took the pictures of the Revolution because I could not help taking them.  I sought to reflect the spirit of the events, above all, through the medium of portrait.”

This exhibit was organized by the Ukrainian Studies Program and the Ukrainian Film Club at Columbia University, with the support of the Ukrainian Studies Fund, Inc. and the Columbia University Libraries.  Comments concerning the photographs can be sent to Mr. Kysliakov at, while comments about the exhibition can be sent to  The general public is welcome to attend this free event at the Lehman Library.

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02/15/05 JD