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Shortly after the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine began in February 2022, Berlin-based photo artist Mila Teshaieva travelled to her home city of Kiev. She wanted to witness and capture this dramatic historical moment for her country and Europe: From the first days of the war, when Russian troops tried to encircle Kiev and people fled in panic, to the last days of April, when the crushing consequences of war crimes were discovered in the region around the capital Kiev. 

Veranstaltungen in Berlin: Splitter des Lebens. Ein Ukraine-Tagebuch
Mila Teshaieva

Mila Teshaieva's diary was first published on the internet platform It contains personal records of the first months of the war in pictures and text and documents life during the war, marked by destruction as well as unity and resistance. 

Hermann Parzinger, President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation: "Mila Teshaieva's photo diary conveys an impression of everyday life during the war that is extraordinarily close in its vivid imagery. I am pleased that we were able to realise this important exhibition in such a short time. I would like to express my sincere thanks to all those involved, first and foremost to the incredibly committed artist, but also to the Kuratorium Preußischer Kulturbesitz for its generous support." 

Elisabeth Tietmeyer, Director of the Museum of European Cultures: "Mila Teshaieva combines thorough scientific analysis with a very special aesthetic. She has long been associated with our museum, whose research focuses, among other things, on changes in everyday life in Europe. So when we heard about her diary project, it was immediately clear to us that we had to make an exhibition out of it."

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