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    Meet the Artists on Ukraine’s Cultural Barricades

    “Bury me and arise.” So urged Taras Shevchenko, an exiled 19th-century Ukrainian poet whose statues have replaced Lenin’s and whose verse travels with national troops fighting Moscow-backed separatists. With such a “founding father,” it makes sense that Ukrainian fine art, fashion and film are thriving, realizing Shevchenko’s dream of a Ukrainian identity unshackled from Russia’s. Politicians may struggle with corruption while soldiers battle for territory, but the young country’s creative minds are creating steampunk-style gas masks and nurturing a “Made in Ukraine” movement that is undeniably vsi svoi — “all ours.”

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