Money, Sovereignty & Power
The Paper Currency of Revolutionary Ukraine
January 11 - February 26, 2016
In the wake of the Great War, from the detritus of imperial collapse there emerged a new political order of nation-states. Amongst the newly established entities there appeared an independent, sovereign Ukraine. From the outset, Ukraine was the object of invasion and its survival was in doubt. Nevertheless, in the search for legitimacy, extraordinary efforts were made to affirm the state’s sovereign, national character. This was to be accomplished by consciously connecting with Ukraine’s historical past both to invoke precedence and to encourage a narrative of political continuity. The symbols introduced in the currency of Ukraine during this revolutionary period were examples of this process.
Curated by Bohdan Kordan, Director, Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan