On August 23 — the eve of Ukraine’s Independence Day — Ukrainian creative content provider Depositphotos introduced The Revival Project, in partnership with NFT charity gallery Meta History and the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine.
“Since February 24, 2022, over 450 cases of russian [non capitalized] war crimes against the cultural heritage of Ukraine have been recorded; this number grows by the day. To help preserve and recover Ukraine’s culture, Depositphotos collaborated with seven independent Ukrainian artists to create 38 unique charitable NFTs. To create these artistic concepts, they had to rethink their own experiences, memories, and fantasies. They shared their vision of destroyed cultural sites in the future, as well as the meanings they put into the recovery of these places,” says the team behind this project.
More than 20 destroyed buildings that have “exceptional cultural value and significant importance to the entire nation” are showcased.
The involved artists have a “special connection with these cultural sites, making their works deeply personal.”
The first set of artworks is already available for purchase on Meta History. All the funds raised will go to a government crypto wallet to “help recover destroyed cultural sites and return millions a feeling of home.”
“For the past six months of war in Ukraine, russians [non capitalized] have destroyed hundreds of our museums, theaters, and cultural centers. Ukraine’s culture and national heritage has seen almost €6 billion in damage, and as to the actions and intentions of the russian federation [non capitalized], this amount will only increase. That is why today, it is important to support modern initiatives and creative projects to restore Ukraine’s unique cultural heritage, involving as many interested people as possible in the process.” — Oleksandr Tkachenko, Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine.
Depositphotos is an international content platform with a library of over 230 million stock photos, videos, vectors, and audio tracks. It involves a community of 100,000 authors. Acquired last year by VistaPrint, the company has headquarters in New York and offices in Kyiv, Milan and Limassol.
Launched one month after the start of the war, Meta History presents itself as “the NFT museum of the war of putin’s russia [non capitalized] against Ukraine.” Its sells NFT collections such asWarline and Avatars for Ukraine as well as NFTs of the Eurovision Song Contest Cup.
Endorsed by the Ukrainian government and the Blockchain Association of Ukraine, Meta History claims to be the largest Ukrainian charity NFT-project, having already raised “more than $1.3 million.”