SONIAKH digest is a platform amplifying voices and visions from Ukraine and those of Ukraine’s allies and neighbors—by artists, activists, and scholars—in response to Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, and its worldwide propaganda machine. It strongly supports Ukrainian statehood and the right of Ukrainians to defend themselves against the Russian colonial invasion.
SONIAKH [eng: SUNFLOWER] digest is named after an act of resistance carried out by an anonymous woman, an inhabitant of Henichesk, Kherson Oblast, southern Ukraine. On 24 February 2022, the first day of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, she approached a Russian occupying soldier offering him a handful of sunflower seeds: “Put some seeds in your pocket, so that they will grow on Ukrainian land when you die”.
SONIAKH digest is doubly named. It refers to the process of sublimation and reconstruction, whereby destruction is turned into new life. And it addresses a new age of a multipolar world, in which old, Western-centric paradigms have to be abandoned, unilateral explanations do not work and grand theories of bygone eras fail to explain the mutating realities on the ground. In this time new antifascist fronts emerge against multiplying imperialist threats, ushering in the need to defend democracy with whatever means necessary.
The SONIAKH digest editorial collective comprises artists, curators, journalists, editors, media experts and academics from Ukraine, together with allies united in solidarity with Ukraine. SONIAKH digest is affiliated with the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and the Office for Postartistic Services and supported by grants from the European Cultural Foundation and Sigrid Rausing Trust. The online publication and affiliated think tank seeks to counter misinformation, disinformation, negative stereotypes and propaganda that obfuscate, relativize and undermine the efforts of Ukrainians to defend themselves against the Russian colonial invasion. The initiative is embedded in the context of contemporary art, using the artistic medium to enhance strategies of public communication. The curatorial strategy merges a variety of media with academic analysis and journalistic integrity to reach diverse audiences. SONIAKH digest reincarnates and mutates the archaic journalistic tradition of the “digest” as an outlet where information, propaganda, analysis and artistic production are collated, summarized, illustrated and amplified for a general audience.
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Core Editorial Team: Milena Khomchenko, Clemens Poole, Valeriia Buradzhyieva
Advisory Collective: Valeriia Buradzhyieva, Sebastian Cichocki, Agata Cieslak, Jakub Depczyński, Olga Dziubak, Milena Khomchenko, Yulia Krivich, Joanna Łałowska, Michał Murawski, Clemens Poole, Oleksiy Radynski, Marta Romankiv, Natalia Sielewicz, Kuba Szreder, Vladyslav Vazheyevskyy, Mariia Vorotilina
Website Design: Joanna Łałowska, Olga Dziubak, Agata Cieślak.
Coding: Aleksandra Gajda
SONIAKH digest supports Ukrainian creators. The SONIAKH logotype was designed by Ukrainian designer Nata Nagovitsyna. Headings are typeset with Monofontis, designed by Ukrainian design studio AlfaBravo, and body text is typeset with Accia Piano, designed by Ukrainian type foundry Mint Type.