Scandal with the Shevchenko Prize: the head of the Committee told why the winners were not announced
Yesterday, Ukrainians did not wait for the announcement of the laureates of the Shevchenko Prize of 2023. UP.Kultura asked Yuriy Makarov, the chairman of the Taras Shevchenko National Award Committee, how it happened and who they plan to award in the new nomination. Makarov said that he does not know why the Office of the President never published the decree on the laureates of the Shevchenko Prize 2023 and when exactly such a decision was made in Zelenskyi’s office. “Just in case, I have to remind you all the time that the National Award is not the Committee’s award, but the National Award. And the official announcement is made through the publication of the presidential decree on the appropriate day,” he said and added that the meeting on the award was held in OP yesterday around noon. He also added that he has contact with the OP only with the directorate of culture: “I don’t have a direct line with the head of the Office. The only thing is the directorate of culture. All the rest, I communicate with them only in an official manner.” When asked where the idea to add another nomination came from, Makarov answered: “We met with the minister and other people in the Ministry of Culture the day before, a few days ago. And in principle, we thought more or less abstractly about whether it is possible to introduce an additional award. But it was at the level of wishes.And when it sounded directly at the meeting [9 березня в ОП – УП.Культура], and even in the corridor, where we exchanged ideas, I picked up this idea. Perhaps to his own misfortune.” The Chairman of the Committee added that already after the meeting in the President’s Office, the details of the new nomination were discussed. “After everything happened largely spontaneously, we had a meeting with the Deputy Chairman of the Office, with the Director of the Directorate of Humanitarian Policy from the Ministry of Culture . And we were already, so to speak, clarifying after the fact. And actually, everyone came to the conclusion that this is an art award after all. We signal to society that culture is developing in this direction – see here. We signal to the creative community that this is today’s trend – move in this direction,” Makarov explains the content of this meeting. Yuriy Makarov at the meeting of the president with cultural figures on March 9. Photo: the press service of the president “If this is just an award “For Courage”, then there is strength-strength of various honors, awards, orders and so on. Therefore, it will still be an art award. That is, I say impromptu, a premiere during the war, a really valuable one, which was done, as everything is done now, to a large extent on an enthusiastic, volunteer basis. It’s an act of courage, of course, but first of all it’s an artistic achievement at the limit of effort,” he clarifies. Makarov says: yesterday he decided what he would nominate for this new nomination of the artist Matvyi Vaisberg for the Shevchenko Prize. “I decided for myself that I would nominate him. Because he arranged, I think, 15 exhibitions all over the world, at least all over Europe. And these series, which he made during the war, which reflect the war itself, I think that for me this is one of the examples,” explained the head of the Committee. UP. Culture has sent requests to the press services of the President’s Office and the MKIP and is waiting for their responses comments. The Shevchenko Prize is the highest creative honor for a significant contribution to the development of culture and art in Ukraine. The prize is awarded from 1961 until Taras Shevchenko’s birthday, which is celebrated on March 9. It is awarded in seven nominations: literature, music, theater, cinema, visual arts, publicism and journalism, literary studies and art studies. Last year, the laureates were director Kateryna Gornostay with the film “Stop-Earth”, Hryhoriy Hrabovych with the series of articles “Rethinking Pavlo Tychyna – Rethinking Ukrainian Modernism”, Tamara Horikha Zernya with the novel “Dotsia” You can recall all this year’s nominees of the Shevchenko Prize by following the link.
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