The Center for Studies of Memory Policy and Public History "Mnemonics" is going to release its first graphic novel, which aims to promote reflection and rethinking of World War II at the local level.
Artem Vyshnevskyi, a director, screenwriter and playwright from Rivne, and artist Yuliia Antonova from Severodonetsk worked on the comic. For Artem, Yuliia and NGO "Mnemonics", this is a debut graphic novel and the first cooperation attempt.
The graphic novel is based on real documented stories that took place in Western Volhynia during World War II. The mobile exhibition "Humanity over the Abyss of Hell"
and in other documentary projects of NGO "Mnemonics" have already mentioned these stories.
"Ornithophobia" is a phobia associated with the fear of birds, as well as the name of the first graphic novel created by NGO "Mnemonics". The graphic novel brings readers to the imaginary world where the war goes between 'ornithos', bird-like creatures. 40 pages of the graphic novel tell about the events of one day, which, however, affected many lives.
With "Ornithophobia", we are trying to promote an important discussion and reflection on the legacy left by the Second World War to the inhabitants of Western Volhynia.