The venue that Russia typically uses to promote itself at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos has been renamed the Russian War Crimes House.
Russia House was used by Russians for years to host events at WEF. A Ukrainian businessman working with WEF has turned the site into an exhibition about the devastation and destruction of the war in Ukraine.
Organized by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation and PinchukArtCentre, an international contemporary art center based in Kiev, “the exhibition aims to provide information about key facts, share faces, names and dates and provide a platform to at least some of the victims.” offer to tell their real story,” the foundation said in a press release.
Björn Geldhof, the exhibit’s curator, told DailyExpertNews that collecting and verifying the images took about a week and a half, collecting more than 4,600 images that showed “an overwhelming amount of evidence of war crimes.”
“An exhibition like this is one of the steps to raise awareness of the absolute need to bring war criminals to justice and this is not the exclusive task of Ukraine, this is a common task, this is a task for all countries in the world to say this can’t be,” Geldhof told DailyExpertNews.
He added that this project is “about people” who have been attacked and killed. “And we have to honor them, we have to give them a voice and we have to give them a face,” he said.
Russian politicians and businessmen were not invited to the World Economic Forum this year after Russia invaded Ukraine.
“Because Russia is not here, we had the opportunity to talk about Russia, but about another reality of Russia, about the war crimes that Russia is committing in Ukraine,” Geldhof said, adding that “it is incredibly important to let see what Russia really is in Ukraine, which is proactively and consciously targeting civilians, killing and raping civilians in a way to try to wipe out Ukraine as a nation.”
The initiative was supported by the city council and the World Economic Forum.