Slavutych - into the Book of World Records, and YOU - to the Czech Republic!
On Tuesday 11 April, 2017 the Czech artist Kateřina Šedá has agreed with the Mayor of Slavutych on the exact wording of the record with which Slavutych is to be inscribed in the Guinness Book of Records: Slavutych people will try to submit together the biggest ever visa application of all times! Moreover, there will be a draw selecting one Slavutych inhabitant out of each hundred submitted applications, who will obtain an official invitation from the Czech Republic and whose costs of travel and stay will be fully taken in charge.
Tuesday, 11 April 2017, Slavutych townhall. Kateřina Šedá, the project author, has described its exact realization. The main theme of the project is to overcome borders and the relating insurmountable problems. Although the artist believes that visas for Ukrainians will finally be abolished this year, she considers the event to be a symbolic gesture enabling the inhabitants of Ukraine to express themselves on this issue. “The Guinness Book of Records is full of absurd and nonsense things, and the purpose of the project is to have another absurdity recorded in the book – and this is specifically the visa application. Since the visas may indeed be finally abolished in the course of this year, this is perhaps our last chance to get the record,” says Kateřina Šedá, the project author.
The main idea of the project is to generate THE BIGGEST EVER GROUP VISA APPLICATION. It will consist in all Slavutych inhabitants receiving an invitation from Kateřina Šedá so that to contribute to a joint cultural event in the Czech Republic. For that purpose, they will fill in a visa application and will officially submit it, together with two photographs, on 3 June 2017 at the Slavutych Town Day. This action will be among the high points of the Town Day celebrations that have a long tradition there. There will be a draw selecting one Slavutych inhabitant out of each hundred submitted applications, who will obtain an official invitation from the Czech Republic and whose costs of travel and stay will be fully taken in charge.
Any Slavutych inhabitant can take part in the action, even if they do not have a passport or a sufficient amount of money on their account. The artist has invited all inhabitants to fill in the forms with true data, however absurd they may be, or even preventing to officially obtain the visa. If someone for instance doesn’t have a passport, they should fill in the respective box with the words DON’T HAVE, or cross it out. You can pick up visa application forms at your workplace or in the Made in Slavutych office, address Prospekt Druzhby Narodiv, 7 («Energya» Building, 3rd floor). You can get photographed free of charge in our photo studio, address Central Square, 3 («Lyuks», 2nd floor). Please glue one photo in the form to be submitted on 3 June 2017 at the Slavutych Town Day, and keep the second one for the case that your travelling to the Czech Republic really takes place.
Detailed information on the project will regularly appear in the local TV on the project website: www.madeinslavutych.org
Partners of the action are the Town of Slavutych, Festival 86 and the Czech Centre Kiev.