A painting marking the Ukrainian holocaust was unveiled Friday as a permanent installation at the Manitoba legislature.
The painting, by Ukrainian-Canadian artist, Orysia Sinitowich-Gorski, "depicts past tragedy but also offers hope that such inhumanity will never be repeated," said Premier Greg Selinger, who was joined by local survivors of the Holodomor during the unveiling.
It is estimated that as many as eight million people died during the famine and genocide of 1932-33, known as Holodomor, which means death by starvation.
'Her choice of a young child as the central figure in the painting symbolizes the vulnerability of the human condition and the promise of a better future.'—Premier Greg Selinger
An acrylic on canvas work, titled Holodomor-Genocide No. 2, the painting was originally purchased by Manitoba for the provincial art collection in 2008 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Holodomor.
"Ms. Sinitowich-Gorski has given us a stirring reminder of why we must always learn from the past," said Selinger.
"Her choice of a young child as the central figure in the painting symbolizes the vulnerability of the human condition and the promise of a better future."
Sinitowich-Gorski is a third generation Ukrainian-Canadian who studied with Winnipeg artists and teachers including Nikola Bjeljac and the late Taras Korol.
Winnipeg is home to a large Ukrainian community, some of who are Holodomor survivors who attended Friday's ceremony.